APP 2017 Spring Fly-in, Fly-out Seminar

"Navigating Legal and Ethical Challenges

at Modern Ports"

Please Join Us

May 5, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Port of Portland Int'l Airport
Portland, Oregon 




Friday, April 29, 2016
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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Portland Int'l Airport Conference Center

7200 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97218 USA

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If you drive, we'll validate your parking at PDX, compliments of the Port of Portland.

Early Seminar Registration Rates:

APP Members: $275
APP Non-Members: $475
Rates above are early registration rates
and increase by $100 after April 21, 2017.

Cancellations are accepted and fully refunded
if made on or before April 21, 2017.

Substitutions in personnel are accepted
until May 5, 2017.

Please contact us with any questions.

Nearby Hotel Options:

Hilton Garden Inn: (503) 255-8600 
Holiday Inn Express: (503) 251-9991 
Aloft Portland Airport: (503) 200-5678
Hyatt Place: (503) 288-2808 

We suggest visiting or for more options.


Association of Pacific Ports
Lisa Pomasl, Executive Director
Brian Wright, Operations Manager
Kersten Green, Administrative Asst.

P.O. Box 903
Clackamas, Oregon 97015 USA

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This special seminar will appeal to your port's executive staff, commissioners, and legal experts by focusing on topics from human resources problems, the latest cyber security considerations, public and media relations, laws surrounding public officials, promotional hosting and travel spending, and much more!

There will also be plentiful time to learn what's new at other ports and network with colleagues - all in beautiful Portland! 

The seminar begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 3:00 p.m. -- right in the airport terminal conference center -- so you can easily fly in and out of Portland that same day.


  9:00 AM Check-In, Contential Breakfast, Networking
  9:55 AM Seminar Overview and Self Introductions
10:00 AM Plenary Sessions
11:00 AM Networking Break
11:15 AM Plenary Sessions
12:15 PM Networking Lunch
  1:00 PM Plenary Sessions
  2:30 PM Door Prizes & Announcements

Guest Speakers:

Alyson Palmer, Associate, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
- discussing "The Shifting Landscape of Transgender Rights and Sex Discrimination," which will introduce attendees to foundational terminology, provides an update on recent court and administrative guidance on transgender rights, and offers best practices for addressing the needs of transitioning and transgender employees in the workplace.

Alyson L. Palmer is an attorney on Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP's Employment Law & Labor Relations team. Alyson's practice focuses on supporting employers as they tackle the full scope of legal issues that accompany the employment relationship. She has particular experience defending public and private employers in litigation before state and federal courts against claims involving illegal harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and wage-and-hour disputes. Alyson regularly counsels employers on a range of labor and employment topics, including independent-contractor status, minimum-wage compliance, covenants not to compete, employee termination, employment discrimination, union avoidance, and collective bargaining issues. She also conducts internal investigations of employment-related claims.  Alyson is a native of the Pacific Northwest. She received her undergraduate degree from Seattle University. Before law school, Alyson served as Acting Deputy White House Liaison and Public Affairs Specialist for the U.S. General Services Administration and as a staff assistant in the White House Office of Management and Administration. Alyson is graduate of the University of Washington School of Law.

Richard Mitchell, Partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
- discussing "Case Review - An Update on Port-Related Cases of Interest," providing an in depth analysis of several current leading cases involving ports.

Richard E. Mitchell represents public entities as their outside general
 counsel and specialty counsel. As the former General Counsel to Washington Governor Christine Gregoire, Richard provided advice to Washington's Chief Executive Officer and her staff on a wide range of matters. He has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General representing the Washington State Department of Transportation, and as a Special Advisor to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. He has served as outside general counsel to public ports, public health districts, water districts and fire districts. Richard has substantial experience in complex commercial litigation, as well as in government affairs and public policy. His practice focuses primarily on municipal law, real estate, land use, and development/construction-related transactions. He is an equity partner at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, the team leader for the firm's ports practice group, and serves on the firm's six-person Executive Management Committee.

Connor Edmonds, Records Program Manager, Port of Portland
- discussing "Records Management for the 21st Century." 

Connor has over 15 years of experience managing records and information at Federal, State and special district government organizations. Through a combination of technology and human-to-human interaction, he is working alongside a wide cross section of Port of Portland staff to place the Port in a position where it can better manage its public records for greater accessibility, to maintain government transparency, and to meet compliance with Oregon State and Federal public records retention laws.

Michael Johnson, International Ports and Terminals Practice Leader & Seattle Office Managing Director, Hugh Wood Inc.
- discussing insurance issues facing modern ports (joint presentation with with Vincent Cozzolino)

Mike's area of expertise is handling large, complex risk management 
business that requires the full scope of insurance services. With over 40 years experience in the property and casualty insurance industry, Mr. Johnson's responsibilities include all aspects of account management. His strengths focus on comprehensive coverage reviews and audits, design/implementation of new insurance or risk management programs, identification of insurable vs. non-insurable exposures with alternative risk transfer and funding recommendations, and coordination of all renewal marketing processes, including analysis and identification of changing or new exposures. He actively interfaces with clients and their organizations. Michael has extensive experience with large risk retention programs and risk purchasing groups. He is actively involved in contract review and negotiations on behalf of Hugh Wood clients. In the course of his career and as the International Ports and Terminals Practice leader for HW International Group, Ports Practice leader he has worked with more than 60 domestic and international ports.

Vincent Cozzolino, Property and Casualty Claims Manager, Hugh Wood Inc., New York, NY
Vincent has over 30 years of comprehensive claims experience with several large insurance companies and Hugh Wood Inc. Vincent has handled large complex Property and Casualtyclaims and specialty claims including Public Officials Liability, D&O Liability, Pollution Liability and Employment Practices Liability throughout his career. He holds a B.A. in Government and Law from Lafayette College and holds a New York Property and Casualty Broker's License.

Ian Whitlock, Deputy General Counsel, Port of Portland 
- discussing port-related legal and ethics lessons learned. 

Ian holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a JD from the University of Texas, Austin. Mr. Whitlock began his legal career with a clerkship at the Texas Supreme Court. He has since worked mainly in the field of environmental and government law. He has practiced with Arnold & Porter in Washington DC and Denver, and with Lane Powell in Portland. In 1996 Mr. Whitlock entered public service as a senior assistant attorney general in the Oregon Department of Justice, advising various natural resource agencies. Mr. Whitlock joined the Port of Portland in 2005, where he provides advice on environmental compliance, government ethics, and public records. Mr. Whitlock served on the Oregon Government Ethics Commission from 2010-2015.



Thank you to our generous sponsors! 

Admiral Level Sponsor:

Our sponsor and host:
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Our valued sponsors receive recognition with:  

  • Logos on the Seminar Poster & in the Seminar Program
  • Recognition in all newsletters and Seminar mailings prior to and after the Seminar
  • Option to include information or promotional items in Seminar bags and verbal recognition at the specific event being sponsored
  • Sponsorships of $1,000 and higher also receive podium time to speak to the attendees at the event being sponsored, if so desired.

Sponsorships can be confirmed during online registration or by calling us
at (503) 653-5868.