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SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 – The lawyers and staff of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP are extending their gratitude to Carol Bernick, partner-in-charge of the Portland office, for her 25 years of service to the firm.

Bernick has accepted a new position as Chief Executive Officer of the Oregon State Bar’s Professional Liability Fund (PLF), where she will begin October 1. The PLF is the mandatory provider of primary malpractice coverage for Oregon lawyers.

“Carol’s contributions to this firm—as a manager, a mentor, and a nationally celebrated employment lawyer—have been extraordinary,” said David Baca, managing partner of Davis Wright Tremaine. “We offer her our profound thanks for her outstanding leadership, and our sincerest congratulations on her exciting new position.”

“Davis Wright Tremaine has been my professional home since I was first admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1989,” said Bernick. “I have the deepest respect for my colleagues, who are among the most talented group of lawyers I have seen, and for the firm’s exceptional culture of inclusion and deep commitment to client service. I leave feeling grateful for the firm’s years of support, and am excited to start this new chapter in my career.”

During her years at Davis Wright Tremaine, Bernick achieved successful client outcomes in scores of complex employment cases. She has been inducted as a Fellow into both the Litigation Counsel of America and the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, and has been named one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Oregon by Super Lawyers each of the last eight years.

Her numerous honors have included the Peter Perlman Service Award from the Litigation Counsel of America (2013), the Joyce Ann Harpole Award from Lewis & Clark Law School (2006), the Portland Business Journal’s Exceptional Women in Business Award (2003), and the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood (2002).

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