News
September 15, 2022

Trial Attorney Mike Wiswall Obtains Defense Verdict After 12-day Trial

Mike Wiswall and his trial team secured a defense verdict in a medical malpractice case in favor of a gastroenterologist and his clinic.  The plaintiff alleged that his procedure should have occurred in the hospital setting given his poor cardiopulmonary status and compromised state of health, as well as predictive factors to indicate that he would be a difficult intubation.  There was also a separate claim that he was not properly advised of the risks of the procedure or the alternative of having it performed in the hospital.  Plaintiff alleged that he suffered an anoxic brain injury resulting in cognitive impairment and memory loss, as well as other injuries.  He requested $6M for his damages.

Following a 12-day trial, the Multnomah County jurors returned with a unanimous defense verdict on the negligence claim and 11-1 in favor of the defendants on the informed consent claim.


News
August 18, 2022

Mike Wiswall Named 2023 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer Of The Year” in Portland, Oregon

Congratulations to Mike Wiswall for being recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” for Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants.

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 is also listed in the 2023 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.


News
August 18, 2022

Karen O’Kasey Named 2023 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer Of The Year” in Portland, Oregon

Congratulations to Karen O’Kasey for being recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” for Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants.

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, Karen O’Kasey is also listed in the 2023 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.


News
August 18, 2022

Eight Hart Wagner Attorneys Recognized In The 2023 Edition Of Best Lawyers In America®

We would like to congratulate eight of our attorneys that have been recognized and named to the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers In America®:

Troy Bundy (recognized since 2012)
            Health Care Law
            Litigation – Health Care
            Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Matt Kalmanson (recognized since 2016)
                Appellate Practice
                Commercial Litigation
                Litigation – Health Care

Karen O’Kasey (recognized since 2012)
                Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
                Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
                Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
                Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Aaron Potter (recognized since 2019)
                Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Janet Schroer (recognized since 2006)
                Appellate Practice
                Bet-the-Company Litigation
                Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
                Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Joe Traylor (recognized in 2023)
                Litigation – Construction

Gordon Welborn (recognized since 2012)
                Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
                Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
                Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
                Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Mike Wiswall (recognized since 2012)
                Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
                Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
                Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
                Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

About Best Lawyers®

Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals.  Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 75 countries. Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas.  They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.


News
August 08, 2022

Hart Wagner Adds Jason Cohen to Medical Malpractice and Employment Litigation Team

We’re thrilled to announce that litigation attorney Jason Cohen has joined the firm’s preeminent medical malpractice and employment litigation team.  Jason’s practice focuses on defending hospitals, medical clinics, and healthcare professionals in medical malpractice and wrongful death actions in Oregon and Washington State Courts.  Additionally, he will defend employers in employment actions.  Jason received his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School, graduating cum laude.  During law school, Jason was a law clerk for the Honorable Ann Aiken in the U.S. District Court of Oregon.  Before joining Hart Wagner, Jason worked for a number of small civil litigation firms where he cultivated and refined his litigation skills.  Outside of the office, Jason serves as an Officer for the Eliot Neighborhood Association Land Use and Transportation Committee.


News
July 30, 2022

Hart Wagner Welcomes Attorney Jennifer Dunn to Litigation Team

We’re pleased to announce that attorney Jennifer Dunn has joined our general liability and medical malpractice litigation team.  Prior to joining Hart Wagner LLP, Jennifer worked in insurance defense and workers’ compensation defense.  Jennifer is a graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law, and is licensed to practice in Oregon.  

Jennifer is a native Oregonian.  Prior to law school, she enlisted in the United States Navy as an electronics technician where she received a Letter of Commendation for her efforts to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.


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June 20, 2022

Gordy Welborn Receives 2022 OADC Lifetime Achievement Award

We are pleased to announce that Gordy Welborn received the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel’s 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award.  This Award is presented to a current or honorary OADC member in recognition of their commitment to the profession and OADC over the course of their distinguished career.  The recipient is well-regarded among the OADC community and their peers for their integrity, professionalism, leadership, and service to the legal and local community.  Gordy served on the OADC Board of Directors from 2010 – 2015, and was the President and Past President in 2014 and 2015.  He has tried over 100 cases to verdict, and is respected by attorneys on both sides of the bar.  Congratulations, Gordy!


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”

OAR 847-010-007 was amended to further define “medical incompetence.” The rule amendments define “medical incompetence” and 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) and states 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. Of course, this means that a deposition of a complainant will never be taken because the Board will never allow it. But, this is nothing new in contested case hearings. Lastly, the amendments incorporate by reference the ethics standards of the Board’s regulated professions. This had been a point of contention between defense counsel and the Board in prior matters, since the various Boards repeatedly incorporated these ethics rules within the body of their proposed notices of discipline without any apparent authority to do so. 


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.