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Larkins Vacura Kayser Congratulates Our New Partners – Kelsey Benedick, Hopi Costello Ruplin, and David Samuels

January 1, 2024

Kelsey Benedick is a highly-talented and client-centered litigator whose practice focuses on commercial, property, and securities disputes. Committed to helping her clients navigate the legal process with confidence, Kelsey prioritizes creative problem solving, open communication, and adaptability to shifting client concerns and case developments. She is an active member of the Oregon legal community, serving as a board member of the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, a Co-Chair of the MBA YLS Pro Bono Committee, a board member for Lawyers for Literacy, a member of Lewis & Clark’s Joyce Anne Harpole Committee, and a mentor to local law students.

Hopi Costello Ruplin is a strategic thinker with experience in many areas of civil litigation, including securities, real estate matters, and business disputes; she represents individuals, large corporations, and everyone in between. She joined the firm in the spring of 2018 after clerking on the Tenth Circuit and practicing in a large firm in New York City. No matter the case, Hopi particularly enjoys the human connection—with her clients, her colleagues, and opposing counsel. Hopi loves to be on her feet, whether in trial, in depositions, arguing motions, or chasing her two toddlers around.

Drawing on nearly a decade of government and private practice, Dave Samuels brings a wealth of experience to complex civil litigation. As a specialist in environmental law, his approach blends a comprehensive understanding of legal and regulatory intricacies with a sophisticated technical grasp of forensics and industrial operations. Recognized among his peers as a smart, creative, and driven professional, he brings a similar depth of insight to antitrust cases, trade-secrets disputes, and general commercial litigation. Outside the legal arena, he serves on the board of a small nonprofit and volunteers his time to community causes.