News
January 02, 2019

Attorneys Carey Caldwell and Jason Poss Named Partner

We’re pleased to announce that Carey Caldwell and Jason Poss have been named partners of Hart Wagner LLP.  Carey’s practice focuses on defending complex litigation, medical malpractice, product liability, and professional liability claims.  Jason’s practice is focused on the defense of medical, legal, and financial professionals, as well as generally liability defense.  Congratulations Carey and Jason!

 


News
September 11, 2018

Ten Hart Wagner Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

Karen O’Kasey and Janet Schroer were singled out in the newly released 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

Karen O’Kasey received the 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” award for Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants and Janet Schroer received the 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” award for Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants, both in the Portland area. Lawyer of the Year recognitions are awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location. Only one lawyer is recognized as the Lawyer of the Year for each specialty and location. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and in the same practice areas for his or her abilities, professionalism and integrity.

2019 Best Lawyers in America

In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” recognitions, Hart Wagner would like to congratulate the following lawyers named to the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America:

  • Troy Bundy: Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • John Hart: Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Matthew Kalmanson: Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation
  • Rodney Norton: Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Karen O’Kasey: Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Aaron Potter: Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Janet Schroer: Appellate Practice; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Jennifer Truzzolino: Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Gordon Welborn: Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants (For Redmond, OR)
  • Michael Wiswall: Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Since it was first published in 1983, The Best Lawyers in America has become known as the most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.


Recognition
July 30, 2018

Congratulations to 11 Hart Wagner Attorneys Recognized in the 2018 Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine

Eleven lawyers from the Hart Wagner law firm were honored in the 2018 issue of Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. The publication identifies the most outstanding attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through the research of Super Lawyers, which is a Thomson Reuters business.Oregon Super Lawyers

Notably, Janet Schroer and Gordon Welborn were recognized for being among the Top 50 attorneys in Oregon, and Karen O’Kasey and Janet Schroer were included in the Top 25 women lawyers in Oregon.

In its Oregon 2018 Super Lawyers list, the following Hart Wagner partners were recognized in these designated practice areas:

Troy BundyPersonal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense

Kelly Giampa – Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense

John Hart – Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense

Rodney K. Norton – Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense

Karen O’Kasey – Employment Litigation: Defense

Janet Schroer – Appellate

Gordon Welborn – Professional Liability: Defense

Michael Wiswall – Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense

Hart Wagner associates Michael Jacobs, Stephanie Kucera and Mark C. Sherman, were selected to the 2018 Rising Stars list. Jacobs was recognized in the Personal Injury General: Defense category, Kucera in Civil Litigation: Defense and Sherman was honored in the Employment Litigation: Defense category. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the Super Lawyers roster, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. For more information, visit www.superlawyers.com.


Results
July 20, 2018

Managing Partner Gordon Welborn Secures Defense Verdict for Vascular Surgeon

Trial attorney Gordy Welborn and his team successfully defended an Oregon vascular surgeon against claims of medical negligence. Plaintiff alleged that there was a delay in his medical treatment that caused permanent injury to his legs and feet. The defense presented expert witness testimony which confirmed that Hart Wagner’s client met the standard of care with regard to the medical management and treatment of the plaintiff. The jury returned with a unanimous defense verdict in favor of the vascular surgeon.


News
July 19, 2018

Hart Wagner Adds Three Associates to Its Portland Office

We are excited to welcome Ryan Jennings Ashby, Mitchell Howell and William Stewart as the firm’s newest associates in the Portland office. 

Ryan Ashby’s practice focuses on the defense of legal, medical, and financial professionals, as well as insurance defense and general liability. Prior to joining Hart Wagner, Ryan worked at a national insurance provider, litigating personal injury cases as in-house counsel. He also spent four years as an insurance defense attorney at a Philadelphia-based law firm, in their Workers’ Compensation litigation department.

Mitchell Howell’s practice emphasizes commercial litigation, professional liability, legal and medical malpractice defense, as well as product liability and appellate law. Prior to joining Hart Wagner, Mitchell clerked for the Honorable Judge David F. Rees at the Multnomah County Circuit Court where he facilitated over 20 jury trials and handled hundreds of other civil and criminal matters.

Will Stewart’s practice focuses on the defense of medical professionals, businesses, insurers, drivers, and service providers in tort, products liability, contract, and general liability cases. Before joining Hart Wagner, Will worked for a large national litigation firm, a litigation boutique in Portland, and a plaintiff’s firm. His litigation experience has ranged from large financial class actions to construction defect cases to catastrophic vehicle accidents, premises liability, and general liability.


News
May 07, 2018

Court Throws Out Obstetric Malpractice Lawsuit As Time-Barred

Troy Bundy recently argued and won summary judgment for an Oregon OB/GYN accused of negligently performing a patient’s hysterectomy. Because the surgeon had fully disclosed the complication to the patient during a postoperative visit, the patient’s claim was barred after she filed it 3 years after the surgeon’s full disclosure. Troy was assisted on the brief by Donna Lee.


News
May 07, 2018

Nursing Board Exonerates Nurse Accused of Stealing Narcotics

Troy Bundy successfully defended a nursing board complaint alleging an RN at a skilled nursing facility had stolen patient medications. After suggesting an immediate blood and urine test, which later returned negative, together with a full investigation into the facts and proof of bias on the part of the complainant, the Board dismissed all charges without discipline.


News
May 04, 2018

Victory at the VA

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.