News
May 10, 2022

Healthcare Attorney Troy Bundy Discusses New Oregon Law for Physicians Assistants

Beginning July 15, 2022, Oregon Licensed Physicians Assistants (PAs) may begin entering into collaboration agreements to shift their practice from a supervisory to a collaborative practice model. By the end of 2023, all Oregon licensed PAs must enter into a collaborative agreement, and all other practice agreements and practice descriptions will be terminated. The new law essentially expands the scope of PA practice and independence in Oregon. To read the Draft of the proposed changes in the relevant Administrative Rules, click here.


News
May 09, 2022

Oregon Medical Board Updates Definition of “Medical Incompetence”

847-010-0073: Medical incompetence and unprofessional or dishonorable conduct definitions and incorporate recognized ethics standards. The rule amendments further define “medical incompetence” to clarify that evidence of medical incompetence also includes failure to pass a competency exam/program or complete a course/program when required by the Board or a health care facility. The rulemaking breaks out the nine separate types of conduct within the definition of “unprofessional or dishonorable conduct” in ORS 677.188(4). The rulemaking clarifies that a licensee may not intentionally contact the known complainant, until the licensee has requested a contested case hearing and the Board has authorized the taking of the complainant’s deposition. Lastly, the amendments incorporate by reference the ethics standards of the Board’s regulated professions.


News
March 07, 2022

Hart Wagner Participates in the Second Annual Oregon Diversity Legal Job Fair

On Wednesday, March 9th, Hart Wagner will participate in the 2nd Annual Oregon Diversity Legal Job Fair.  The one day virtual event is for diverse attorneys, paralegals and legal support professionals seeking employment with Oregon employers.  The mission of the job fair is to bring together Oregon’s legal community to recruit and retain diverse legal professionals who will reflect the identity and values of the people and clients they serve.  Hart Wagner is proud to be involved in this worthwhile endeavor, and we look forward to learning more about the candidates that are in our community.


News
February 03, 2022

Hart Wagner Adds Attorney Ellen Rall to Litigation Team

We’re pleased to announce that attorney Ellen Rall has joined our medical malpractice litigation team.  Prior to joining Hart Wagner LLP, Ellen worked for a local small insurance defense firm where she honed her litigation skills.  Ellen is a graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law, and is licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington.  She is a member of the Multnomah Bar Association, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, and Oregon Women Lawyers. 


News
January 03, 2022

Litigation Attorney Taylor Lewis Named Partner

We’re pleased to announce that attorney Taylor Lewis has been named partner of the firm.  Taylor’s practice focuses on defending hospitals, medical clinics, and healthcare professionals in medical negligence lawsuits and assisting medical professionals in licensing board matters.  He also represents medical clinics in business disputes and provides advice on regulatory compliance.


News
December 16, 2021

Attorney Sarah Holmes Joins the Firm’s Employment Practice

We’re pleased to welcome associate attorney Sarah Holmes to the firm’s preeminent employment practice. 

Sarah’s practice focuses on defending Oregon employers against a variety of employment claims.  She represents employers in administrative proceedings as well as in state and federal court.  Sarah also advises clients prior to litigation on policy compliance, pre-litigation strategies, and employer investigations. 

Sarah began her career at Saalfeld Griggs in Salem, Oregon where she honed her employment litigation and advice and counsel skills working with individuals and businesses.  She earned her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law, and her B.S. from University of Maryland Global Campus in Okinawa, Japan. 


News
November 04, 2021

Hart Wagner Ranks in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2022 Publication

Hart Wagner LLP is pleased to announce its recognition in the 2022 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list. The firm was recognized in a total of ten practice areas. This includes eight Tier 1 rankings, and a national ranking in Appellate Practice.

Firms that are included in the 2022 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Hart Wagner LLP received the following rankings in the 2022 U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms”:

National Tier 3
Appellate Practice

Metropolitan Tier 1
Portland – OR
Appellate Practice
Commercial Litigation
Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
Litigation – Health Care
Medical Malpractice – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Metropolitan Tier 2
Portland – OR
Health Care Law

Metropolitan Tier 3
Portland – OR
Bet-the-Company Litigation

U.S. News – Best Lawyers – “Best Law Firms” 2022 Publication


News
October 29, 2021

Hart Wagner Welcomes Two Associates

We’re pleased to welcome Christian Jahn and Sara Ward to the firm’s preeminent litigation practice.

Christian Jahn’s practice focuses on defending hospitals, medical clinics, and healthcare professionals in state and federal courts, and assisting medical professionals in licensing board matters and other administrative proceedings.  As an undergraduate he attended Portland State University where he graduated cum laude.  He received his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School, graduating magna cum laude.  After law school, Christian worked as a Judicial Clerk at the Multnomah County Circuit Court, followed by two years at a small litigation firm in Portland where he gained valuable experience in personal injury, premises liability, product liability and insurance litigation.  

Sara Ward’s practice focuses on employment litigation and medical malpractice defense.  She received her undergraduate degree from University of Montana, and her law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, Magna cum laude.  Sara worked as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Kathleen M. Dailey in Multnomah County Circuit Court, and then went on to join a national law firm where she honed her litigation skills.   


News
August 24, 2021

Hart Wagner Welcomes Attorney Annie Vozar

We’re pleased to announce Annie M. Vozar, has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Annie joins the firm’s preeminent medical malpractice and general liability defense teams. Her work on these teams will include personal injury and wrongful death defense, premises and product liability defense, and insurance coverage litigation.

Annie earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy, psychology, and classical studies from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She received her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law, where she served as a senior editor on the Northeastern University Law Review and participated in a clinic where she successfully represented a prisoner serving a life sentence, winning parole on oral argument before the Massachusetts Parole Board. After law school, Annie gained trial experience as a Deputy Public Defender in Colorado before shifting her litigation practice to civil law. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and Colorado State Courts.


Recognition
August 19, 2021

Mike Wiswall Named 2022 Best Lawyers®, “Lawyer Of The Year” in Portland, Oregon

Congratulations to Mike Wiswall for being recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law.

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer review assessments.

Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Mike Wiswall was also listed in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the following practice areas:

Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law

Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants

Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.