Business and Commercial Litigation


Disputes are an unfortunate but important part of every company’s and business person’s commercial life. Whether you are a business owner, a corporate officer or director, or a professional who services them, Hart Wagner’s extensive business and complex litigation practice can assist you in navigating disputes both before and after they arise.

Our success in business and complex litigation derives from our knowledge of business and the laws that regulate the conduct of businesses and professionals; our comfort with finance and complex business and securities transactions; our ability in the courtroom; our reputation in the community; and our devotion to our clients’ needs. Our business and professional clients trust us to stand by their side and deliver smart, cost-effective and, when necessary, aggressive representation.

Hart Wagner’s experience includes counseling and representation through all stages of an existing or potential dispute, including pre-suit investigation; formulating strategy; negotiation; offensive and defensive discovery, including e-discovery; and all stages of litigation, trial and appeal. We regularly appear in state and federal courts, and in administrative agencies, arbitrations and mediations on behalf of our business and professional clients. Our litigation attorneys have been involved in some of the largest business disputes in Oregon, and our appellate team has been instrumental in developing the law in this area.

Our attorneys are adept at developing strategies, negotiating, litigating, engaging in alternative dispute resolution, and advocating for our clients in these areas, among others:

Securities actions
Shareholder disputes
Derivative actions
Class actions
Corporate governance, and other issues impacting corporate officers and directors
Limited liability companies, partnerships, family businesses and closely-held corporations
Civil rights and other constitutional issues
Accounting and valuation
Real estate
Broker/dealer issues
Computer fraud
Unfair competition
Good faith and fair dealing
Intellectual property including trade secrets, trademark and trade regulation