What's Happening at Hart Wagner
- Working in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic Can Be Traumatic for Heath Care Providers
- Hart Wagner Welcomes Attorney Rachel Wolfard
- TAANA Releases Member Position Statement Supporting Our Front Line Providers
- Update: Oregon Board of Nursing Revises Position Statement
- Oregon Board of Nursing Position Statement
Appellate attorney Matt Kalmanson recently procured three victories for Hart Wagner clients in the Oregon Court of Appeals. In March, Matt convinced the Oregon Court of Appeals to dismiss an appeal filed by an individual against a Hart Wagner client. On April 10th, Matt won again in the Court of Appeals, in a case of first impression that defined certain aspects of Oregon’s public accommodation law. Additionally, on March 8th, Matt procured another victory for a Hart Wagner client, an electrical cooperative, in a case defining ownership rights in a power line in Central Oregon.
Janet Schroer was second chair in an argument before the United States Supreme Court on April 24th, in Taggert v Lorenzen. The case was on review from a favorable decision in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals where Janet briefed and argued the case. A decision is expected by June.
After a seven-day trial Gordy Welborn received a defense verdict in Coos County. The plaintiff was seeking approximately $525,000 in economic and $1,200,000 in non-economic damages. Congratulations to Gordy and the HW trial team.
Mitchell Howell secured dismissal with prejudice of plaintiff’s $500,000 strict product liability claim after successfully arguing his motion for summary judgment and opposing plaintiff’s motion to strike. After hearing both motions, the Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge determined that plaintiff’s motion to strike was untimely and that plaintiff had failed to bring his claim within the time allowed by statute.
We’re pleased to welcome new associate, Jack Scholz, to the firm. Jack’s practice focuses on medical malpractice defense and employment litigation. He previously worked for a Portland firm practicing in the area of intellectual property litigation.
Before joining private practice, Jack clerked for the Honorable Ann Aiken, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Jack remains active in the District of Oregon, where he currently serves as a member of the Local Rules Advisory Committee. He also serves on the National Board of Directors for the Federal Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, as well as the local Board of Directors for the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Additionally, he is an elected member of the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates.
“Jack is an excellent addition to our firm,” said Managing Partner Gordy Welborn. “His varied experience and legal community involvement speak to the high quality of his work. We look forward to watching him become an important part of our team at Hart Wagner.”
Jack received his bachelor’s degree from Chapman University, and went on to receive his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking, and visiting historic lighthouses.
Each year, the Portland Business Journal publishes a list of area law firms that are promoting diversity and inclusion within their firms. We’re proud to once again be recognized as on the area’s most diverse firms moving up the ranks to 4th overall, locally, in the top five.
After a four-day trial Karen O’Kasey has won a medical negligence case in Clark County Superior Court. The plaintiff was seeking approximately $500,000.00 in non-economic and $1,500,000.00 in economic damages. Congratulations to Karen O’Kasey and her trial team at Hart Wagner.
An Oregon electrophysiologist was exonerated by the Oregon Medical Board, who concluded discipline was not supported in a matter involving the unexpected death of a patient who had undergone a cardiac ablation procedure three weeks earlier. Attorney Troy Bundy successfully defended the matter to its conclusion.
On Friday, February 8th, employment law attorney Kimberlee Morrow presented to board members of the Oregon School Boards Association. Her presentation titled, “Challenging Workplace Issues: Handling Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation Claims,” discussed effective strategies for creating a safe work environment that rejects harassment. Special emphasis was given to recent trends in harassment and employment law claims. She also addressed ethical guidelines for public officials, as outlined in the Oregon Government Ethics Law, a Guide for Public Officials.
In January, Troy Bundy prevailed after arguing his motion to strike a defamation claim falling under Oregon’s anti-SLAPP statute. After a full hearing, the Curry County Circuit Court Judge determined plaintiff failed to present substantial evidence supporting her claim that she had been defamed by the defendants during a Curry County Commissioners Board Meeting and dismisses the lawsuit. Plaintiff was also required to pay defendants’ costs and attorney fees incurred in defending the lawsuit. Troy was assisted on the brief by associate Taylor Lewis.