Janet Schroer

Janet frequently serves the firm’s clients in the Oregon Court of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She also represents her clients’ business, professional and personal interests before various trial courts and professional licensing agencies.  Her practice requires that she often work closely with the client’s general counsel or trial lawyer on appellate matters and so she has developed a strong and long lasting relationship with other lawyers.

Janet has handled well over 50 cases to final decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She has argued over 30 cases and taken them to final opinion in the Oregon Supreme Court, and argued over 130 cases resulting in opinions in the Oregon Court of Appeals.  She has also handled appeals in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Idaho Supreme Court, Nevada Supreme Court, and Washington Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

Janet defends doctors, lawyers and other professionals in Oregon state and federal trial courts.  She also handles all aspects of professional malpractice, commercial litigation, products liability and general litigation.

She also represents Oregon professionals in matters involving their licensing Boards.  She works frequently with the various Oregon professional licensing Boards.


University of Oregon Law School
J.D., Order of the Coif, 1981

Bowling Green University
B.A., cum laude, 1978


Hart Wagner LLP
Partner, 1992-present

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Partner, 1989-92
Associate, 1981-1988

Admitted To Practice

Oregon State Court

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S District Court: District of Oregon

U.S. Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit; Tenth Circuit

Awards and Recognitions

Oregon Super Lawyers

Appellate, 2006-2018

Top 25 Women Lawyers, 2009-2013, 2017-2018

Top 50 Lawyers, 2018

Best Lawyers in America

Appellate Practice, 2003 – 2019

Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants, 2014 – 2019

Professional Malpractice Law: Defendants, 2014 – 2019

Portland Lawyer of the Year, Appellate Law, 2016

Portland Lawyer of the Year, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants, 2014, 2017, 2019

Lewis & Clark Law School

Harpole Attorney Award, 2013


AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated

Professional Activities and Associations

Active Circuit Court Judge Pro Tempore in both Multnomah and Clackamas County

Oregon Judicial Department, Uniform Trial Court Rules Committee, 2015-Present

American Board of Trial Advocates, elected in 1996

American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, elected in 2008

Oregon State Bar, 1981, Litigation Section Executive Committee, 1988-1994 (Chair 1992-93), Local Professional Responsibility Committee, 1987-91, CLE Program Planner, Civil Litigation 1990-96, Oregon Trial Advocacy College, 2008-11

Multnomah Bar Association, Judicial Screening Committee, 1994-97 (Chair 1996-97)

Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Amicus Committee, 1994 – present, Professional Liability Practice, Leader, 1994-95, Publications Committee, 1992-94

Oregon Medical Association, Medical Malpractice Loss Prevention Education Committee, 1993-96, Planner for and Speaker at Medical Malpractice Loss Prevention Seminars, 1993-2010

Fair Dismissal Appeals Board, 1985-93

Multnomah County Circuit Court, Arbitrator

Professional Publications

“Schroer as in Prayer,” Featured In, Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2015

“Effective Written Advocacy,” Chapter in Appeal and Review: Beyond the Basics, Co-author, 2014 edition

“Civil Pleading and Practice,” Oregon State Bar CLE, Co-editor, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2006, 2011


“Lightning Round: Who’s a Qualified Expert?” Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Annual Convention, 2018

“Horton v. OHSU: Meaning and Impact,” Oregon State Bar CLE, 2016

“Horton v. OHSU,” Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Fall Seminar, Portland, OR, 2016

“Appellate Update,” Oregon Association of Defense Counsel seminar, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015

“Appellate Tips for Litigators – Intake and Pretrial Issues,”
Oregon Law Institute, 2012

“Trial Advocacy,” Oregon Trial Advocacy College, 2011

“Medical Malpractice Loss Prevention,” Oregon Medical Association Seminar, 1996-present