November 21, 2016

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Honors Hart Wagner with Eight Tier 1 Designations

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” has issued its 2017 law firm rankings.  Hart Wagner received eight regional Tier 1 designations as well as a national Tier 3 ranking in Appellate Practice.  These rankings are based on lawyer evaluations, client feedback and peer reviews.


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  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants


  • Appellate Practice
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
  • Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

November 08, 2016

Hart Wagner Welcomes Associate Stephanie Kucera to the Redmond Office

stephanie_thumbStephanie’s practice focuses on healthcare law, general liability defense, medical malpractice, and professional liability defense. She works with independent practitioners across Central Oregon as well as representing businesses, clinics, and hospitals of all sizes.

Before joining Hart Wagner, Stephanie was an attorney at Buxbaum Daue PLLC in Montana. She earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Montana before earning her law degree from the University of Montana School of Law.

She happily moved to Central Oregon where she can still trail run, ski, hike, and spend time on the water with her family.

November 07, 2016

Joe Traylor Secures $14.3 Million Dollar Settlement for the Victims of Snohomish County Sheriff Car Crash

Traylor, counsel for the plaintiff, successfully secured a $14,348,743 settlement for his clients Tom and Margarita Gillette.  On April 17, 2015, Tom Gillette was performing a home remodel in Everett, Washington.  As he reached into the bed of his truck to retrieve a saw horse, he was struck at high speed by a Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputy who had ran a stop sign doing nearly twice the speed limit.  The Deputy collided with another vehicle in the intersection and then spun into Gillette.  The impact from the police car caused massive traumatic and life threatening permanent injuries including amputations of both legs.  Traylor, a 20+ year member of the firm ordinarily represents defendants in such cases which gave him an edge in securing the largest plaintiff’s settlement in the history of the firm.  Whether working for the plaintiff or the defendant, Hart Wagner attorneys are known throughout the northwest for their skill in the courtroom.

October 21, 2016

Hart Wagner Attorneys to Speak at OADC Fall Seminar Sessions


2016 Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Fall Seminar


November 2, 2016


7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


  • Donna Lee will be speaking on the new rules and requirements related to litigation reporting to Medicare in Medicare Update for Litigation.
  • Janet Schroer will be co-presenting on the topic of the Horton v. OHSU appeal and how it will affect current and future appellate cases.


October 19, 2016

Hart Wagner Supports Race for the Cure

Hart Wagner is a proud supporter of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  For the past 13 years, the firm has sponsored a team for this event, running, walking and sleeping in for the cure.

The Race for the Cure in Portland and Eugene now attracts tens of thousands of racers and raises over $2.9 million for life saving services to fight breast cancer and to aid in finding a cure.

September 08, 2016

Nine Hart Wagner Attorneys Listed in the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

In its 2017 peer-review guide, Best Lawyers included Troy Bundy, John Hart, Matt Kalmanson, Rod Norton, Karen O’Kasey, Janet Schroer, Jennifer Truzzolino, Gordy Welborn and Mike Wiswall with several receiving recognition in multiple practice areas.

Congratulations to both Karen O’Kasey and Janet Schroer for being named a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®!  Karen was honored for Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants and Janet was recognized for Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants.  This is the third time that Janet has been selected by her peers as a Lawyer of the Year. Lawyer of the Year recognitions are awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location. Only one lawyer is recognized as the Lawyer of the Year for each specialty and location. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and in the same practice areas for his or her abilities, professionalism and integrity.

Since it was first published in 1983, The Best Lawyers in America has become known as the most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

August 05, 2016

Gordy Welborn on Faculty for Oregon Medical Association’s Advanced Training in Risk Management, September 24, 2016

“The OMA Risk Management Education Programs are open to all physicians and allied health care professionals. These programs are specifically structured to provide training and resources to help physicians and allied health care professionals avoid situations which may lead to malpractice claims, as well as to provide valuable resources in the event a malpractice claim should occur.” 

July 26, 2016

Eight Hart Wagner Attorneys Included in the 2016 Oregon Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Eight lawyers from the Hart Wagner law firm were honored in the 2016 issue of Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. The publication identifies the most outstanding attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through the research of Super Lawyers, which is a Thomson Reuters business.

In its list of Oregon’s top lawyers, Super Lawyers recognized the following Hart Wagner partners, who were chosen for their experience in practice areas including medical malpractice, personal injury, professional liability, employment litigation and appellate law:

John Hart – Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense

Rodney K. Norton – Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense

Karen O’Kasey – Employment Litigation: Defense

Janet Schroer – Appellate

Gordon Welborn – Professional Liability: Defense

Michael Wiswall – Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense

Melissa Lopeman Tahir and Mark C. Sherman, both associates at Hart Wagner, were selected to the 2016 Rising Stars list. Tahir was recognized in the Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense category and Sherman was honored in the Employment Litigation: Defense category. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the Super Lawyers roster, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

Of note, for the sixth consecutive year, O’Kasey was included in Super Lawyers’ ranking of the top 25 women lawyers in Oregon.

Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. For more information, visit