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March 22, 2023
If you are involved in the disciplinary process with a state licensing board, particularly the Oregon Medical Board, be forewarned. It is important for you to understand the risks associated with signing a proposed stipulated order without consulting with a lawyer experienced in this area. Any Order that you sign that essentially “settles” the case between you and the Board may have consequences that are severe and amount to a defacto revocation of your license. If your national licensing board requires its members to carry an “unrestricted license to practice,” any limitation on that license may result in a “withdrawal” of your board certification. Without a board certification, you will likely not be accepted on insurance panels or a hospital medical staff until the restriction is lifted.
March 15, 2023
Appellate attorneys Janet Schroer and Taylor Lewis won an appeal for the City of Springfield from two judgments based on a trial court’s finding that an anti-abortion protester violated City of Springfield noise ordinance, resulting in fines. In City of Springfield v Kellim,  324 Or App 614 (2023), the Court of Appeals rejected the protester’s arguments on appeal that he was improperly convicted based on his exercise of his constitutional rights to free speech under both the U.S. Constitution, the First and Fourteenth Amendments and the Oregon Constitution, Article I section 8.
March 03, 2023
Appellate attorney Janet Schroer wrote an amicus brief on behalf of the United States Chamber of Commerce, American Property Casualty Insurance Association and American Tort Reform Association, filed jointly with Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, advocating for the limitation of the “substantial factor” causation jury instruction and confirming that “but-for” causation remains the standard instruction in Oregon tort cases. The Oregon Supreme Court discussed and affirmed the causation principles announced in Joshi v Providence, a frequently cited causation case Janet successfully handled in the Oregon Supreme Court in 2006.

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Since the firm was established in 1992, it has aimed to attract and retain attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, and staff of all backgrounds. The firm is committed to providing an open, welcoming and inclusive working environment for all employees. Our clients recognize that the more diverse our workforce is, the better able we are to represent their interests and try cases in the communities throughout Oregon and Washington where we are engaged.

The firm has established a Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which will make concrete efforts to further diversify our staff and create positive change by facilitating educational events, initiating dialogue, and increasing our collaboration and involvement with our communities of color.


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