OGC Attorneys and Independent Network Attorneys

EVA Kripalani

Eva Kripalani is an experienced general counsel and business leader. She has spent over 20 years in general counsel level roles, including 10 years as General Counsel of KinderCare Learning Centers, leading the legal team through many financing and M&A transactions, including the successful sale of KinderCare by KKR in 2005. At KinderCare and the successor company, Eva also had senior executive responsibility for government relations, corporate communications, internal audit, and corporate philanthropy. Since then, Eva has served as an outside general counsel level resource and/or acting general counsel for several companies, including NW Natural Gas Company and FEI Company, and also served as COO for a company providing legal and technology services. Eva began her career at Stoel Rives LLP, a leading Northwest law firm, where she became a partner with a practice focused on corporate law and mergers and acquisitions.

Eva currently serves on the board of The Willamette Valley Company LLC, a niche manufacturing and industrials company headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, and also serves as a trustee for Willamette University, where she chairs the Audit Committee, and for The Library Foundation, where she is board chair. She has previously served on the boards of several nonprofits and the board of the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System.

Eva is the co-author of “The Generalist Counsel: How Leading General Counsel are Shaping Tomorrow’s Companies,” published by Oxford University Press in 2013, which offers guidance to lawyers making the transition to company leadership, based on research and in-depth interviews with sitting and former General Counsel.

Eva Kripalani, Co-founder

• General Counsel, M&A and complex business transactions, corporate governance, compliance

ekripalani@ogcnet.com

• Admitted in OR

Liz Large, Co-founder

• General Counsel, legal operations, corporate governance, complex litigation management, employment, strategic planning

elarge@ogcnet.com

• Admitted in OR, WA, & CA

LIZ Large

Liz is an experienced general counsel and business executive with extensive experience leading teams and organizations through strategic growth, change management, and crisis response. Liz has served as long-term Interim General Counsel at Portland Public Schools, leading the District’s Legal and Risk Management teams through significant transition. She also served as Executive Vice President & General Counsel for KinderCare Education, leading the company through multiple refinancings, class action lawsuits, and, in 2015, the successful sale of the company to the Partners Group. While at KinderCare, Liz also led government relations, records management, and employee relations, in addition to serving interim leadership roles in human resources and marketing. Before entering the in-house arena, Liz practiced law for Stoel Rives LLP and the Oregon Department of Justice, principally litigating complex civil cases.

Liz currently serves on the board of Willamette University. Previously, she served on the Boards of SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) and the Oregon Business Association.

OGC Network maintains relationships with independent attorneys throughout the region who stand ready to work with us to serve our clients’ needs.  We coordinate with these independent Network Attorneys who are selected to fit each client’s needs.  By leveraging independent Network Attorney relationships, we are able to coordinate the services our clients need, while keeping operations lean and efficient.

Marc Alifanz

• Senior in-house counsel, employment advice & counseling, employee/manager training, HR management, workplace investigations

• Admitted in OR, NJ (inactive), and NY (inactive)

MARC Alifanz

Marc is passionate about helping employers manage and mitigate their legal employment risk; not only through reactive management of issues after they arise, but by avoiding them altogether through respect, education, and positive HR Management. For over 15 years, Marc has helped businesses do just that – as a big firm litigator, corporate in-house counsel, and non-profit HR executive.

As Assistant General Counsel at KinderCare Education, Marc advised the company on HR and employment issues from individual employee risk to large wage and hour class action litigation. Marc oversaw the Employee Relations function and a team dedicated to investigating and responding to agency claims and demand letters. Marc facilitated leadership meetings, trained managers with creative and engaging presentations, oversaw the company’s litigation portfolio, and managed attorney relationships nationwide.

Before going in-house, Marc practiced at New York firm Proskauer Rose for three years before moving to Portland and joining Stoel Rives as an employment litigator. Marc has served as Chief Human Resources Officer for a health care non-profit, overseeing all aspects of the HR portfolio as well as Risk & Compliance. Marc is co-creator of the popular, educational (and surprisingly humorous) Hostile Work Environment podcast.

Marc has a passion for libraries, having served on the Friends of the Multnomah County Library board and the Multnomah County Library Advisory Board for over a decade. Marc can be found hiking, reading, at Timbers games, and cheering on his twin daughters at their various sporting events.

Wendy Gerlach

• General Counsel, international tax law, M&A, governance, technology licensing

• Admitted in OR

WENDY Gerlach

Wendy Gerlach’s legal career has spanned the corporate, finance, pharmaceutical, conservation, and nonprofit sectors, and she brings a breadth of experience in meeting client needs. As a corporate and tax lawyer with the Boston firm Ropes and Gray, her practice included mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and multinational tax structuring. While living in Switzerland, she advised on international tax issues for ATAG Ernst & Young. As in-house counsel in the Swiss headquarters of Novartis Pharmaceuticals, she worked closely with business colleagues on research, drug development, licensing, and technology transfer transactions.

Upon returning to Portland, Wendy worked on technology licensing with Ater Wynne LLP and on estate, trusts, and nonprofits advising with the firm Thede, Culpepper. Recently, in her solo practice, Wendy has increasingly focused on conservation-related transactions, including carbon offset projects and conservation easement and fee title land acquisitions. She has worked with several land trusts on transactional and governance issues. Throughout her career, her ability to focus on the essentials of a situation and clearly articulate issues and solutions has led to strong deals based on good relationships.

Wendy serves on the boards of Columbia Land Trust, of which she is currently chair, the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, and the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts. She is also part of the Coalition of Oregon Land Trust’s pro-bono legal team. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her three grown children, playing soccer with her dogs, reading novels, and hiking with friends. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Washington School of Law, where she was on the editorial board of the law review.

Drew Glikbarg

• Senior in-house counsel, commercial contract review and negotiation, business transactions, regulatory compliance

• Admitted in OR & WA

DREW Glikbarg

For over 25 years, Drew Glikbarg has provided general commercial, regulatory and business law services and advice to corporate clients, including contract drafting, review and negotiation, regulatory compliance management and training. He has represented Fortune 500 companies and smaller businesses in a variety of business transactions. He previously practiced at a mid-size law firm and as in-house Assistant General Counsel, Corporate & Regulatory Affairs, for KinderCare Learning Centers, a national child care provider.

Drew has significant expertise in drafting and negotiating Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and other technology agreements as well as commercial contracts for clients in a variety of industries: technology, cash logistics, security, franchising, creative, apparel and footwear, manufacturing, and transportation.

Drew received his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School, where he was a member of the Cornelius Honor Society. He received a BA History from the University of California at Los Angeles.  Drew was a Co-author of  Chapter 34: Special Problems of Closely Held Businesses, Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education (2001 and 2007 Editions).

Nancy Segal

• Complex business transactions, M&A, commercial business advisor 

• Admitted in OR

NANCY Segal

Nancy Segal brings two decades of diverse legal, business, and organizational experience to her work with OGC. As a corporate attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Nancy led deal teams through a variety of complex business transactions, including venture and private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and various joint ventures. While at Skadden, she often helped early-stage clients solve problems, mitigate risk, and navigate myriad commercial transactions, effectively operating as de facto general counsel for several pre-IPO companies. Since leaving the world of big firm law, Nancy has become a  seasoned advisor to companies seeking help with commercial agreements, and clients needing legal advice from a business-minded lawyer who understands their issues and speaks their language.

Nancy’s legal perspective is informed by her unique experience outside the legal realm, from her time working forThe Walt Disney Company to roles in state politics and the not-for-profit sector, and, most recently, with a burgeoning management consulting practice focused on assisting businesses with international expansion. A pragmatist, Nancy has a passion for efficiency and believes that top-shelf legal advice can add real value to a client’s bottom line.

A native Oregonian, Nancy is also an avid explorer, having travelled to nearly 50 countries, and she recently returned from living in Singapore for several years. When she’s not volunteering at her kids’ schools or with various not-for-profits, you might find her kayaking the Deschutes, exploring Forest Park, or squeezing in a tennis match. Nancy holds a JD from UCLA School of Law and a BS from Northwestern University.

Kinnari Shah

• Corporate Paralegal

• Admitted in CA (inactive)

KINNARI Shah

After practicing public finance law in San Francisco for over a decade, Kinnari moved to Portland with her young family, where she took her career in a new direction working remotely as an editor for Second Nexus and The Social Edge Group, a New York-based web content publisher/social media company. She sourced, edited and managed publication of news and other content, as well as copyedited several books, including books by the actor George Takei! Her passion for editing and “keeping people organized,” coupled with her background in law, make her a great resource for our team.

Kinnari has lived in Portland since 2006 and has two teenage boys. She holds a BA in English and French from UC Berkeley and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School. She enjoys performing with various theater and musical groups, and has been a member of the Oregon Repertory Singers since 2012. She loves to travel to New York to catch the latest Broadway shows and holds season tickets to the Broadway in Portland touring series.

Kelly Struhs

• Senior in-house counsel, commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, asset management

• Admitted in OR, MO (inactive), WA (inactive)

KELLY Struhs

Kelly is a commercial real estate transactional law attorney, with both in-house and private firm experience. This gives her a unique perspective on her clients’ needs and what they expect from both their in-house and outside counsel, as well as their in-house real estate teams. Kelly’s legal practice has focused on supporting the acquisition, leasing and asset management teams of a variety of global and national real estate owners, developers and tenants. She has practiced law for 20 years, including 10 years as an in-house attorney for PacTrust (a Portland-based real estate developer), KinderCare Education and Amazon. Before serving as in-house counsel, Kelly practiced real estate law at several local large and mid-sized law firms.

Her experience includes:

  • Conducting large-scale due diligence, including analysis of title, survey, permitting, zoning, and environmental issues for acquisitions, dispositions, lease and development transactions; and coordinating complex real estate closings.
  • Creating form contracts and developing policies, procedures, processes and trainings for efficient management of real estate portfolio and administration of contracts.
  • Resolving pre-litigation real estate disputes and managing related litigation and settlement strategies.

Kelly served on the board of directors and executive committee of Camp Fire USA and has been involved in a number of local bar pro bono programs. Kelly received her law degree from Saint Louis University. In her free time, Kelly chases three very energetic dogs, is learning how to cook, and tackling the complete transformation of the landscaping in her new yard. Kelly also enjoys traveling to New York to catch the latest Broadway shows and holds season tickets to the Broadway in Portland touring series.

Carolyn Vogt

• Senior in-house counsel, commercial transactions, anti-corruption and trade compliance, sales and distribution, M&A

• Admitted in OR

CAROLYN Vogt

Carolyn is an experienced legal professional with substantial background in corporate and commercial transactions, compliance, corporate governance, sales and distribution, and the legal aspects of conducting business in Asia.  Carolyn served most recently as Associate General Counsel, with responsibility for legal affairs in Japan, Asia-Pacific, India and China (“JAPIC”), for Hyster-Yale Group, Inc., a global manufacturer of forklifts and materials handling equipment.  At Hyster-Yale, Carolyn was involved in a wide range of commercial transactions, technology licensing, FCPA compliance, and export and trade sanction compliance for the JAPIC theater and provided employment law counsel at the Hyster-Yale location in Portland, Oregon.  From 2005 to 2007, Carolyn served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for NACCO Materials Handing Group, Inc., the former name of Hyster-Yale, when it was a subsidiary of NACCO Industries, Inc.  Carolyn was a partner with Stoel Rives LLP in the Corporate, Securities and Finance and the Renewable Energy practice groups and with Lane Powell PC in their Corporate practice group. 

Carolyn believes that her experience both as a partner in a law firm setting and as an in-house attorney has given her valuable perspective on the needs of clients and the valuable guidance that attorneys can bring to the growth and success of a business.  Her approach to legal advice always begins with carefully listening to the client’s circumstances, needs, questions, and goals.

Carolyn serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Oregon Humane Society.  Previously she served on the Board of Directors of Columbia Land Trust.  Carolyn received her law degree from Stanford University and was a member of the Stanford Law Review.  In her free time, Carolyn enjoys tending her ever-growing indoor cactus gardens, walking, swimming, and baking.

Jennifer Woodruff

• Senior in-house counsel, legal operations, complex business transactions, information technology and security, intellectual property

• Admitted in OR

JENNIFER Woodruff

Jennifer is an experienced business and managing attorney, with twenty years of practice across several environments, including companies, government, and private practice.  As Assistant General Counsel at KinderCare Education, Jennifer managed a legal team responsible for finance, M&A, contracts, intellectual property, information privacy, real estate and employee benefits.  She has negotiated a wide range of complex commercial agreements and managed significant finance and M&A transactions.  This diverse experience has made Jennifer a highly adaptive attorney with a passion for efficient legal process, and she is able to come up to speed quickly with new clients, industries, and practice areas.

Before moving in-house, Jennifer also practiced law at Davis Wright Tremaine and was a Senior Assistant Attorney General with the Oregon Department of Justice, where she co-chaired the Business Transaction Section’s Information Technology and Intellectual Property practice group.  She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, and Master of Studies in Law, magna cum laude, from Vermont Law School. 

Outside of the office, Jennifer has completed multiple Ironman triathlon and mountain bike endurance events, as well as climbed several Northwest peaks.

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