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Lane Powell Adds Four Attorneys to Growing Business Practice Group

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Four new attorneys join Lane Powell’s growing Business Practice Group. Attorneys joining the Seattle office include Patrick J. Franke, Jessica F. Hoerschelmann and Matthew D. Viers. Joining the Portland office is A. Jeffery Bird.

Seattle Office Attorneys:

Patrick J. Franke, who joins as a shareholder, was previously a partner at Graham & Dunn, where he was chair of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. Franke has an active corporate and transactional practice with a focus on providing strategic counsel to his client’s owners, boards of directors and management on a wide range of business matters, such as capitalization, restructuring and governance. He also advises clients on financing, mergers and acquisitions, licensing and distribution transactions, and other commercial matters. Franke represents businesses in a wide variety of industries, including venture-backed and private equity-owned companies.

Franke received his J.D. from the University of Texas and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Santa Clara University.

Jessica F. Hoerschelmann, who joins as an attorney, was previously at Graham & Dunn. She focuses her practice on general corporate and transactional matters with an emphasis on corporate formation, planning and governance, mergers and acquisition transactions, stock and asset sales, contract drafting and review, and intellectual property advice and protection. She also advises clients in the beverage industry on licensing and permitting, as well as regulatory compliance issues.

Hoerschelmann received her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Puget Sound.

Matthew D. Viers, who joins as an attorney, was previously at Graham & Dunn. He focuses his practice on corporate and transactional matters, specifically in the areas of venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property protection and securities law compliance. Viers also has experience advising business owners on debt and equity capitalization issues, intellectual property value maximization and exit planning.

Viers received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and his B.B.A. in finance, summa cum laude, from Seattle Pacific University. Viers is also an accredited senior appraiser in business valuation from the American Society of Appraisers.

Portland Office Attorney:

A. Jeffery Bird, who joins as a shareholder, will concentrate his practice on assisting clients with complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, tender offers, proxy contests, divestitures for public and private companies, corporate finance, securities law and venture capital transactions.

Prior to joining Lane Powell, Bird was a shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt where he chaired the firm’s Business Transitions Practice Group and co-chaired the firm’s Corporate Finance and Securities Group. He has more than 25 years of experience as a business transactional attorney. Bird has extensive knowledge of SEC compliance matters, and he regularly advises public companies on Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance issues, corporate governance matters and SEC periodic reporting requirements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. He also advises and works closely with boards of directors, board committees, special committees and management.

Bird received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and his B.A., cum laude, with a Certificate in Commerce and a double major in business administration and philosophy from Washington and Lee University.