Expert in Residence
The Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership is excited to announce the appointment of attorney Brie Bridegum as its first ever Expert in Residence. Brie is an attorney at Stoel Rives LLP and an active member of the firm’s start-up and emerging companies practice. She will host office hours in the Bates Center twice a month where she will meet individually with students as well as speak on topics such as the legal issues facing startups and the transition from student to professional.
Brie focuses her legal practice on general corporate and securities law matters for emerging-growth companies. Brie also counsels clients on commercial contracts, technology licensing, and other agreements involving intellectual property rights. She is an attorney mentor with Portland Incubator Experiment and InventOR. Actively engaged with Portland’s start-up community, Brie brings legal expertise combined with knowledge regarding trends, industries and networking.
Brie brings a unique, in-house perspective to advising her clients, as she has been seconded and worked extensively on site with two of Portland’s largest software companies, Viewpoint and Puppet, as well as with global semiconductor powerhouse Micron Technologies.
Brie serves on her firm’s Diversity and Inclusion committee. She is committed to its mission of fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion within Stoel and in the communities it serves.
Before joining Stoel Rives, Brie served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Jack L. Landau at the Oregon Supreme Court.
Prior to her legal career, Brie worked in sports information at the University of Oregon’s Athletics Department, coordinating print and broadcast press coverage of the school’s intercollegiate athletics teams. She also routinely worked for ABC and ESPN at remote broadcasts of sporting events all over the West Coast.
Brie is a 2012 magna cum laude alumna of Lewis & Clark Law School, where she was Managing Editor of the Lewis & Clark Law Review, a member of the Cornelius Honor Society, and the recipient of the Hattie Bratzel-Kremen Memorial Scholarship. She is a 2008 graduate of University of Oregon, where she triple majored in Classics, English, and Religious Studies, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society, and served as a Teacher’s Assistant for Biblical Hebrew, Ancient Greek, Latin, and Early Judaism courses.