What's Happening at Hart Wagner
- Congratulations to our 2021 Oregon Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- Attorney Taylor Lewis Presents At OADC Annual Conference
- Trial Attorney Karen O'Kasey Obtains Directed Verdict in Marion County
- Attorney Stephanie Kucera Wins in Federal Court
- Appellate Attorney Janet Schroer Wins in the Oregon Court of Appeals
Please be advised that the Oregon Board of Nursing has posted the following position statement requiring nurses to provide care to all patients, regardless of whether the care facility is compliant with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or World Health Organization – Person Protective Equipment (PPE) guidelines. As long as the facility is deemed in compliance with Oregon Health Authority PPE guidelines, a Licensee cannot refuse to provide care to any patient. If you are the subject of any disciplinary complaint related to this mandate and need assistance, feel free to contact our compliance and credentialing attorneys.
The following links may help you understand your rights:
- Workers’ Right to Refuse Dangerous Work https://www.osha.gov/right-to-refuse.html
- U. S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration: OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
The HIPAA and COVID-19 Limited Waiver Bulletin was recently released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services providing further exceptions and a waiver of HIPAA sanctions during this Covid-19 pandemic. For assistance with any HIPAA inquiry or concern, please do not hesitate to contact one of our qualified HIPAA attorneys: Troy Bundy and Aaron Potter.
Hart Wagner remains open during this uncertain time as we all respond to COVID-19. We are closely following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will adjust protocols as the CDC and other state and local authorities issue new guidance. The health and safety of our employees, clients, colleagues and community remains our paramount concern. Our firm is dedicated to being responsive to our clients’ needs and continuing to offer our legal services during this time. We are fully prepared and able to continue delivering excellent legal services while insuring that the members of our team are in compliance with CDC guidelines. We have processes in place that have allowed our attorneys and staff to continue to work and be available as needed for our clients. This includes working remotely with coordination among our staff. We are honored to be able to assist our clients and will continue to do so during these times while also protecting our most important asset, our people.
As part of associate Jack Scholz’s leadership with the Federal Bar Association, he will be presenting a CLE at the upcoming 2020 Rising Professionals Symposium, which will be held at the historic Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C., in late March. Jack will lead a discussion on well-being and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for young lawyers. This is a hot topic in the legal industry right now, and it’s impressive that Jack has researched this topic and will be ready to share recent data with lawyers from across the country.
More information about the Rising Professionals Symposium is available on the FBA blog: https://www.fedbar.org/blog/emerging-talents-to-take-the-stage-at-2020-rising-professionals-symposium/
Hart Wagner is proud to be one of the sponsors of the 2020 Special Districts Association of Oregon Annual Conference, which will take place in Seaside, Oregon on February 7-9th. The conference offers networking and educational seminars for professionals who work with districts throughout our state. The mission of the Special Districts Association of Oregon is to assist special service districts in providing cost-effective and efficient public services to the people of Oregon.
We’re pleased to announce that attorney Donna Lee has been elected as a Director of the Board of Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC). For over 50 years, OADC has served as a membership organization for defense-oriented civil litigators across the State of Oregon. Donna will serve a three-year term and looks forward to working with other defense counsel to provide a unified voice for defense oncerns across the state and increase the professional skill and knowledge of OADC membership.
Lindsay’s diverse trial practice focuses on defense of professional claims against lawyers, banks, broker dealers, physicians, long-term care facilities, and hospitals. She also represents her clients’ business, professional, and personal interests before various appellate courts and professional licensing boards. She practices in the Portland office.
Stephanie’s practice focuses on assisting professionals with a variety of issues including: liability, business management, contracts, and employment matters. She specializes in professional negligence, insurance, and healthcare law. She is also a skilled litigator, representing individual professionals, business owners, clinics, and hospitals of all sizes. Stephanie practices in the Redmond office.
On Wednesday, November 13th, employment law attorney Kimberlee Morrow presented to a healthcare client on the topic of peer review. Her presentation titled, “Peer Review: Roadmap to Best Practices, ” discussed the history and current best practices for the peer review process.
On Friday, November 8th, a Multnomah County Circuit Court jury returned a defense verdict in a 2-week medical negligence trial. Hart Wagner attorney’s Karen O’Kasey and Colleen Scott represented a certified registered nurse anesthetist in the suit where plaintiffs sought over 50 million dollars in economic and non-economic damages. During the trial, O’Kasey and Scott prevailed on multiple directed verdict motions, leaving only two claims for the jury to decide.