Friday, February 28, 2014

Port of Portland Hires New Counsel

By Mark Edward Nero

Former Nike attorney Daniel Blaufus has joined the Port of Portland as general counsel and will lead the port’s 15-person legal team.

“Dan has the depth of experience and the outside perspective that position him well to serve the diverse needs of the port’s business lines and activities,” port Executive Director Bill Wyatt said in a statement.

From 2000 to 2010, Blaufus served in various legal capacities at Nike, including emerging markets counsel, Americas regional counsel and assistant general counsel.

Blaufus began his legal career in 1993 at Tonkon Torp, LLP, Portland. Before attaining his Juris Doctor from Lewis and Clark Law School, Blaufus taught high school and middle school English and Social Studies in Oregon and coached basketball and track. He received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Oregon University.

Most recently, he was senior vice president and general counsel at Borden Dairy Co. in Dallas, Texas.

He takes the position formerly held by Krista Koehl, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in September 2013 while vacationing in Italy. She had been appointed the port’s general counsel in December 2012 after serving in other roles at the port, including assistant general counsel, since 2004.