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February 28, 2024
We’re pleased to announce that Zach Allen and Michael O’Neil have joined our distinguished litigation team.  Zach’s practice focuses on complex employment matters, professional liability defense, and appeals in Oregon state and federal courts.  Prior to joining Hart Wagner Zach practiced at a Portland plaintiff civil litigation firm.   Michael maintains a diverse litigation practice focusing on medical negligence defense, professional licensing board matters, defending construction defect claims, and general liability defense. Prior to joining Hart Wagner, he was an associate at a family law firm.
January 02, 2024
We're pleased to announce that Ruth Casby has been named partner. Ruth’s practice focuses on appellate advocacy in the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, representing appellants, respondents, and amici in civil and dissolution matters. She also defends the firm’s clients in Oregon state and federal trial courts with many years of experience in the areas of professional, municipal, and employer liability.  We’re proud to call Ruth our partner.
December 08, 2023
he Oregon Legislature passed HB 2584 (2023) to fully implement physician assistant (PA) collaborative practice created in HB 3036 (2021). The bill clarifies that PAs practice medicine; outlines a PA’s duty of care; defines a PA’s scope of practice is based on their education, training, and experience; updates the employer definition for collaboration agreements; and removes the requirement that a PA’s collaboration agreement include the PA’s performance assessment. The proposed rule amendments align with these updates. Additionally, all PAs are required to enter into a collaboration agreement by December 31, 2023.

Our Diversity and Equity Statement

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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Hart Wagner attorneys provide expertise and experience in a wide range of practice areas.

Appellate Law

Hart Wagner's appellate group is recognized as among the best in the region.

Business and Commercial Litigation

The Hart Wagner approach emphasizes trial preparation from day one. While not every case will proceed to trial, all cases benefit from this approach.

Civil Rights Defense

We have defended and counseled Oregon cities, counties, special and school districts, governmental agencies, and individuals in complex civil rights and constitutional cases.

Construction Defense Litigation

Hart Wagner attorneys have decades of experience defending professionals in the construction industry.

Dental Malpractice Defense

Dentists and dental professionals in Oregon and Washington have trusted Hart Wagner attorneys to aggressively defend them in malpractice claims and board matters for decades.

Employers Liability Defense

Hart Wagner attorneys have decades of experience defending business entities against claims by other business’s employees, including Employer Liability Law (ELL) claims at the trial court and appellate levels.

Employment Litigation

Employers need experienced trial counsel to defend lawsuits and experienced based advice to avoid them. The Hart Wagner employment group has achieved consistent, positive results in all types of employment litigation.

Health Law

Hart Wagner regularly counsels healthcare providers and others on risk management, contracts, insurance, peer-review issues, licensing and credentialing, and employment and business issues unique to the healthcare industry.

Healthcare Data Security, Privacy, and HIPAA Compliance

Privacy and security compliance are significant issues for our clients. This includes compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as other federal and state privacy laws.

Human Resources Consulting & Compliance

People are at the heart of any great company. Hart Wagner helps employers develop and maintain healthy working environments.

Insurance Coverage Litigation

Insureds and policyholders in Oregon and Washington regularly seek advice from Hart Wagner attorneys who understand insurance policies and, if necessary, know how to litigate coverage disputes.

Legal Malpractice Defense

No matter the claim, Hart Wagner stands at the forefront of defending our clients against any allegation.

Licensing, Board Matters, and Regulatory Agencies Representation

Hart Wagner attorneys regularly represent professionals in administrative law hearings and arbitrations regarding licensing issues and disciplinary actions in many industries.

Long-Term Care, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Home Liability Defense

Long-term care administrators and risk managers trust Hart Wagner attorneys to aggressively defend their interests when they are targeted by litigation arising from resident care claims.

Medical Malpractice Defense

As one of the most recognized medical malpractice defense firms in the Pacific Northwest, Hart Wagner's trial experience is unparalleled.

Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Defense

Hart Wagner attorneys have represented individuals and businesses in personal injury and wrongful death cases for over 25 years.

Premises Liability Defense

When accidents occur every business needs the counsel of skilled attorneys with a proven litigation record.

Product Liability Defense

Hart Wagner provides exceptional products liability defense in the Pacific Northwest for manufacturers and sellers of all types of products.

Professional Liability Defense

Our professional liability lawyers are involved at all stages of a professional’s project, including counsel during projects, workouts at job completion, to defense in litigation.