Firm News

Vaden Francisco Joins HLGR’s Business Practice in Eugene

vaden francisco headshotHLGR is pleased to announce that Vaden Francisco, Jr. has joined the firm as an associate attorney in our Eugene office.

Vaden joined HLGR on January 6, 2014, so he could work closely with other business attorneys in Eugene and Portland while expanding the legal services available to his clients. Vaden’s law practice will continue to focus on business and aviation law, as well as estate planning and veteran’s benefits. He regularly advises clients in a variety of industries regarding the formation of a business, succession planning, contracts and agreements, and other legal business transactions.

As a former business owner and manager, Vaden brings a unique prospective to his practice of the law and is truly passionate about helping businesses and individuals succeed. He has made Eugene his home since 2001 when he began working for Heli-Trade Corporation, an FAA Repair Station and Bell Helicopter Customer Service Facility. He served Heli-Trade in several capacities and eventually as president until the company was sold in early 2012.

Prior to joining HLGR, Vaden was also a sole practitioner in Eugene (Vaden B. Francisco, Jr. P.C.) and has been very active in the Eugene Chamber and other community organizations.

Andrea Coit Named Shareholder

andrea coit headshotHLGR is pleased to announce that Andrea Coit has been named shareholder.

Andrea Coit has been with the firm since 2001. Before being named shareholder, she was a senior litigation associate. Andrea is an experienced litigator whose practice includes a wide range of civil defense matters in state and federal courts. Her practice focuses on the defense of individuals and both public and private entities in matters involving professional negligence defense, civil rights violations, products liability claims, and employment disputes. She represents clients at the trial court level, as well as in private arbitration and before administrative review boards.

Regardless of the case, Andrea’s objective is to resolve her clients’ problems in the most pragmatic and efficient manner available under the circumstances. That may involve a mediated settlement or adversarial litigation; either way, she ensures her clients are fully informed and comfortable with the chosen strategy. This is one of the many reasons the firm’s shareholders were unanimous in their decision to invite her to become shareholder.

HLGR’s shareholder admission process is rigorous and thorough, with prospective shareholders being evaluated on several measures, from ethics and service to clients, to business development and ‘fit’ with other shareholders and existing clientele. 

  • Year 2013
  • Eugene Office Brings Food and Toys to Those in Need

    Dan Harris delivering gifts to St. Vincent de PaulThe holiday spirit was high this year, with attorneys and staff from our Eugene office participating in Food for Lane County’s food drive, the holiday gift giving project for homeless children via St. Vincent de Paul, and providing gifts and sponsorships to club kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley. We recognize the great need in our community and were happy to play a part in making the holidays a little brighter for all.

    Pictured: Dan Harris delivering toys for children from two homeless families.


    HLGR Adopts a Classroom

    toys for charityAttorneys and staff from our Portland office participated in the “Adopt a Classroom” holiday giving project this year. We had a lot of fun selecting and purchasing a wide array of fun and skill-building toys for the “Wobblers” (ages 12-18 months) at the Peninsula Children’s Learning Center. This was really a fun way to give this holiday season, knowing we are … Read More »

    Sharon Rudnick Named 2013 Woman Business Leader of the Year

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    Attorney Sharon Rudnick was named the Woman Business Leader of the Year this week by the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce.

    “Sharon Rudnick has long been a leader in Eugene, contributing mightily to the business community, to the legal community, to the Jewish community, and to helping some of the other important organizations in Eugene and in the surrounding region thrive,” chamber officials said.

    Excerpt from article by Ilene Aleshire of The Register-GuardRead full story in the November 16, 2013 issue of The Register-Guard.

    Richard Larson, Eugene Business and Estate Planning Attorney, Joins HLGR

    rick larson headshotHLGR is pleased to announce that Richard L. Larson has joined the firm as part of our growing business practice in Eugene.

    Richard Larson joined HLGR in November 2013, so he could enjoy the synergies of working with other business attorneys in Eugene and Portland while expanding the legal services available to his clients. Rick’s established law practice will continue to focus on estate planning as well as real estate transactions and financing, including low-income housing tax credit matters. He also advises clients in a wide variety of industries and occupations regarding legal and tax considerations incident to the formation, expansion, sale, and dissolution of corporations, partnerships, and associations.

    “Our law firm continues to evolve since its formation in 1957,” said Jens Schmidt, firm president. “Our group has become increasingly focused on business law and litigation over the years. We now have a successful business practice in Portland and a growing business practice in Eugene. Having Rick join us in this endeavor is evidence that our vision for the Eugene office is becoming reality. We are excited to bring Rick and his clients into the fold.”

    Richard Larson joins business attorney, J. Lee Lashway, mediator and trial attorney, Daniel L. Harris, and new associate, John R. Roberts as other recent additions to the Eugene office. Prior to joining HLGR, Richard Larson was a partner with Johnson Johnson Larson & Schaller PC in Eugene.

    HLGR Ranked in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” List by U.S. News & World Report

    Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. has been ranked in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® in the following areas:

    Metropolitan AwardsBest Law Firm Badge from U.S. News

    • Tier 1, Portland, Administrative / Regulatory Law
    • Tier 1, Portland, Appellate Practice
    • Tier 1, Portland, Commercial Litigation
    • Tier 1, Portland, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
    • Tier 1, Eugene, Commercial Litigation
    • Tier 1, Eugene, Employment Law – Management
    • Tier 2, Portland, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
    • Tier 2, Eugene, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
    • Tier 2, Eugene, Labor Law – Management

    Firms included in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

    The 2014 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 74 national practice areas and 120 metropolitan-based practice areas.

    The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings, for the fourth consecutive year, are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. Clients and peers were asked to evaluate firms based on the following criteria: responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, integrity and civility, as well as whether they would refer a matter to the firm and/or consider the firm a worthy competitor.


    Top Grad from Lewis & Clark Law School Joins HLGR

    brett applegate headshotWe are pleased to announce that Brett Applegate has joined the firm as a litigation associate in our Portland office.

    Brett earned her J.D., graduating first in her class, from Lewis & Clark Law School and is a member of the Oregon State Bar. She also earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Arizona.

    Before graduating from law school, Brett was a summer associate with Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. in 2012 and served as a law clerk with the Oregon Department of Justice’s Trial Division in the Criminal and Collateral Remedies Litigation Section where she assisted in litigation of Section 1983, federal habeas corpus, and state post-conviction cases.

    Dave Frohnmayer Named to Board of Directors for the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

    dave frohnmayer headshotDave Frohnmayer was recently named to the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS). Dave’s appointment to the AAAS board was made official during a ceremony on October 12, 2013 at the academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    From the University of Oregon’s press release:

    The academy’s membership of 4,600 fellows and 600 foreign honorary members includes many of the most accomplished scholars and practitioners worldwide. Members contribute to academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, education, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions and the humanities.

    “I am honored to share the responsibility to be a steward of the great legacy of this distinguished academy, and its heritage of cherishing knowledge,” Frohnmayer said of this achievement. “I continue to be impressed by the distinction of the academy’s membership and significant projects that it undertakes for the common good.”

    Read the UO’s full story here.

    HLGR Creates Emergency Food Boxes for Oregon Food Bank

    HLGR staff and attorneys bagging food for the Oregon Food Bank October 2013HLGR staff and attorneys worked with another volunteer group on October 1, 2013 to put together a combined total of 3,918 pounds of cereal for emergency food boxes for the Oregon Food Bank. That equals 3,265 meals! It goes to show, a little effort can go a long way to helping others.