What's Happening at Hart Wagner
- Hart Wagner Sponsors the Special Districts Association of Oregon 2020 Annual Conference
- Attorney Donna Lee Elected as a Director of the Board of Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
- Lindsay Duncan and Stephanie Kucera Named Partner
- Kimberlee Morrow Discusses Best Practices For Peer Review
- Karen O’Kasey and Colleen Scott Obtain Defense Verdict Following 2-Week Trial
Troy Bundy successfully defeated a patient’s Board complaint alleging that her primary care doctor inappropriately groped her during a breast exam. After a full investigation and review of the facts, the charges were dismissed without discipline as lacking merit.
Troy Bundy was successful in overturning a physician’s emergency suspension of privileges before the Vancouver VA. The VA claimed this physician was unsafe and represented an imminent threat to patient safety. In a unanimous ruling at the panel hearing, the physician’s privileges were immediately restored as the three member panel concluded the charges and allegations were unfounded and without merit.
Partner Karen O’Kasey recently obtained a defense verdict in the United States District Court. Third-Party Plaintiff alleged that Hart Wagner’s doctor client was negligent in deciding to perform a laparoscopic surgery, rather than a laparotomy, then failing to convert the laparoscopic surgery to a laparotomy when no source of bleeding was initially found during the first evaluation. Hart Wagner presented expert defense witnesses who confirmed that Hart Wagner’s client met the standard of care in all aspects of the treatment and management of plaintiff’s care.
Partner Janet Schroer recently won a decision in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversing the trial court’s ruling in a Section 1983 Civil Rights case. The trial court held that the City of Hillsboro police officers were not entitled to qualified immunity, and thus they needed to defend the Section 1983 claims of false arrest and malicious prosecution alleged against them. The 9th Circuit reversed, ruling that there was no established authority which would provide the officers notice of the alleged constitutional violation, therefore they were entitled to qualified immunity. Both of the attorney-fee-bearing federal claims were dismissed. Associate Mark Sherman worked with Janet on the briefing and Janet Schroer argued before the three-judge panel.
Andrew earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Lewis & Clark Law School. While in law school, he served as associate editor for the Lewis & Clark Law Review, and earned an outstanding client advocacy award for his work with the Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic.
Andrew’s practice will focus on employment litigation and medical malpractice defense. He will also work on appellate law issues, as well as legal malpractice and other professional liability matters.
Taylor Lewis joins Hart Wagner after working for an employment defense firm where he represented insurers and employers in workers’ compensation, OSHA, and employment matters. Taylor also served as a Special Prosecutor for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office where he represented the State of Oregon in various criminal trials and hearings.
Taylor’s practice will focus on commercial litigation, employment litigation, general tort liability litigation, and medical and legal malpractice defense.
Hart Wagner was again recognized as #5 on The Portland Business Journal’s list of Portland’s Most Diverse Law Firms. In their recent article, firms were ranked based on their number of attorneys who are women and minorities, in their Portland metro area offices. The percent share for total attorneys and for partners were added together to determine the diversity rankings.
Hart Wagner partner John Hart is a longtime supporter and Board member of Lines for Life, a regional non-profit organization dedicated to helping prevent substance abuse and suicide. In celebration of their 25th anniversary, they have honored John as a Lines for Life Silver Jubilee Honoree.
Lines for Life helps individuals and communities in promoting mental health for everyone. They offer crisis intervention services, including a 24-hour crisis line, as well as prevention services. They also advocate to help shape public policy in the areas of substance abuse, suicide, mental wellness, and crisis.
To learn more about Lines for Life and the important work they do, please visit their website.
John Hart successfully defended a Multnomah County Circuit Court case involving a child who contracted herpes at birth. Plaintiff alleged that our Hart Wagner clients were negligent in failing to suspect herpes, failing to test the patient for HSV-2 given her signs and symptoms, and also in failing to communicate her findings to the patient’s regular treating Obstetrician. The baby was severely brain injured from HSV-2. Plaintiff requested recovery of $34,000,000 in economic damages together with $12,500,000 in noneconomic damages. After three weeks of trial, the jury came back with a unanimous defense verdict.
Hart Wagner named Michael G. Jacobs as the firm’s newest partner. Michael maintains a versatile practice focusing on general liability, products liability and medical malpractice defense. With a proven track record of achieving positive results for his clients, he will be a great addition to Hart Wagner’s partnership. He is a 2009 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School who joined Hart Wagner in 2011 as an associate. Congratulations, Michael!