The PLF is pleased to announce the addition of two new members and one reappointment to our board of directors. John Bachofner (Camas) and Mark Johnson Roberts (Portland) have been appointed as new board members effective January 1, 2024. Gina Johnnie (Salem) has been reappointed for one additional year. Her term will expire at the end of 2024. Mr. Bachofner’s 2-year term will conclude at the end of 2025, and Mr. Johnson Roberts’ 5-year term will conclude at the end of 2028.
John Bachofner (Lawyer Member) – Camas
John R. Bachofner practiced law in Oregon since 1988 and Washington since 1989, with a focus on insurance coverage and litigation. He retired from the private practice of law as a Shareholder and Director at Jordan Ramis, PC, where he served as the firm’s Ethics and Loss Prevention Shareholder, and Chair of the firm’s Insurance Coverage and Defense Group.
Effective January 1, 2023, he is working solely as an arbitrator, mediator, and consultant with Bachofner Arbitration & Mediation.
Mark Johnson Roberts (Lawyer Member) – Portland
Mark Johnson Roberts holds a bachelor’s degree from Reed College, a JD from the UC Berkeley School of Law, and an LLM in International Law from the Willamette University College of Law. Mr. Johnson Roberts retired as Deputy General Counsel to the Oregon State Bar in February 2019. His background is in family law, appellate litigation, and lawyer conduct regulation.
He is a past president of the Oregon State Bar, a past president of the National LGBT Bar Association, and a past chair of Oregon's State Professional Responsibility Board. He served for many years in the American Bar Association House of Delegates and was Chair of the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity. Presently he is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Gun Violence.
Mr. Johnson Roberts was given the Multnomah Bar Association’s 2014 Professionalism Award, “for the highest ethical standards and exemplary conduct in the practice of law and for making the practice of law more enjoyable.”
Gina Johnnie (Lawyer Member) – Salem
Gina Johnnie focuses her practice in banking and lending law, creditor’s rights, agriculture, construction, and real estate law.
Ms. Johnnie’s background in construction litigation and project financing is an asset in serving financial institutions and efficiently managing complex, multi-state business transactions. Though she enjoys working across many areas of law for clients facing different kinds of legal issues, the bulk of her work is focused on putting together and, if necessary,
taking apart commercial loans. In addition, she serves as outside counsel to small to medium-sized businesses and assists individual clients on select issues.
Current and Outgoing Board Members
These new members will join current PLF Directors Steve Hill (Chair) (Pendleton), Michelle Johansson (Vice Chair) (Portland), Chris Karlin (Public Member) (Secretary-Treasurer) (Portland), Ali Hilsher (Eugene), and Harshi Waters (Portland).
We extend our warmest thank you to outgoing board members Akeem Williams (Portland) and Oren Haker (Portland) for their years of excellent service.