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In Memoriam – James P. Harrang

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our colleague, mentor, and friend, James P. Harrang, on December 11, 2017. He was 94. Jim suffered a fall while climbing Spencer’s Butte and broke his hip. He died during surgery. For those of us who knew Jim, it is difficult to accept the fact of his mortality, but it is also hard to imagine a more fitting or merciful passing. Jim loved being in the great outdoors. Whether it was snow camping at a firm retreat or skinny dipping in the cold, deep pools of the upper McKenzie, Jim pushed his much younger colleagues well beyond their comfort range to soak up all that his native Oregon had to offer. As his son Jeff observed, Jim would have hated the long recovery process in a hospital bed that inevitably would have followed successful surgery. It is easy to imagine him saying “I think I’ll just jump off here and see what comes next.” Fair winds and following seas, Jim.

Jim came before the bar in 1954 after serving in the famous 10th Mountain Division in World War II. In 1957, he was a founding partner of what is now Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. He was an active member of the firm and chair of the board well into his 86th year. He is survived by his four children, Jeff, Kevin, Signe, and Karen. His beloved wife, Nadine, predeceased him.

Even in retirement, Jim was the spiritual leader of this firm. Although he was a man of strong opinions and unwavering convictions, we never heard him say an unkind word about anyone. Most of what we learned from Jim, we learned through his example. He was a man of few words. Several years ago, however, he jotted down “Seven Rules to Live By”:

  • Strive to give your clients their money’s worth.
  • Do every job in a manner such that, when you do it again, you can do it better.
  • Strive for perfection.
  • Never be satisfied with what you do.
  • Be honest.
  • Avoid conceit. The human race is flawed.
  • Be kind, for every person you meet is fighting a great battle.

We will honor his memory if we strive to follow his wise counsel.


HLGR Ranked in 2018 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®

Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. has been ranked in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list nationally and regionally in a total of 9 practice areas. Firms achieving a tiered ranking have been recognized for their professional excellence and impressive ratings from clients and peers.

In addition to being nationally ranked for their Appellate Practice, HLGR was ranked as a Tier One firm regionally in six practice areas:

  • Portland, Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Portland, Appellate Practice
  • Portland, Commercial Litigation
  • Eugene, Commercial Litigation
  • Eugene, Employment Law – Management
  • Eugene, Litigation –  Labor & Employment

HLGR’s Eugene office was also recognized for outstanding work in the practice areas of Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law; and for Labor Law/Management.

“We are extremely proud to be recognized by U.S. News and Best Lawyers,” said Bob Steringer, Managing Partner. “Harrang Long has a longstanding reputation for providing outstanding legal representation in high-stakes litigation, and this acknowledgement reinforces our commitment to providing sophisticated legal strategies for all our clients.”

About Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. is recognized as one of the premier litigation firms in the state of Oregon. HLGR represents individuals, businesses, and organizations with legal advice, litigation, appeals, administrative proceedings, and government relations. For more information about HLGR, please visit

HLGR Shareholder Sharon Rudnick Honored by The Jewish Federation of Lane County

At a celebration dinner on October 29, 2017, The Jewish Federation of Lane County honored our colleague, Sharon Rudnick, for her decades of service to the Jewish community and beyond.

In addition to her work as a respected appellate and trial lawyer, Sharon currently is President of Oregon Hillel, which serves Jewish students on the campuses of the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. Sharon has served on the Board of Trustees of Temple Beth Israel, including as its President. Sharon and HLGR also donate legal services to many of the Jewish organizations in Lane County, including the Jewish Federation of Lane County and Oregon Hillel.

Sharon has served as President of the Board of Directors of the Relief Nursery and has served on the boards of the United Way of Lane County and the Western Oregon Girl Scout Council.

We are very proud of Sharon and all she does in service to our community.



Aaron Crockett to Present Oregon New Lawyers Division Program

Litigator and Certified e-Discovery Specialist Aaron Crockett will present “Making a Hash of It: Tools to Processes to Take Advantage of the Upcoming FRE 902(14)” on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208.

You can register for this program here. The program is worth 1 General or Practical Skills MCLE credit from the Oregon State Bar.

Six Harrang Long Gary Rudnick Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers® in America List

Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. is pleased to announce that six lawyers have been named to the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. 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.

Lawyers on the Best Lawyers in America list 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.

Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. would like to congratulate the following attorneys named to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America list:

William F. Gary

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation

Susan D. Marmaduke

  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation

James E. Mountain, Jr.

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Appellate Practice

Sharon A. Rudnick

  • Appellate Practice
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Labor Law – Management
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants

Jens Schmidt

  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Litigation – Municipal

C. Robert “Bob” Steringer

  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation



Susan Marmaduke selected to the “Oregon Top 50”

susan marmaduke headshotWe are pleased to announce that Susan Marmaduke has been selected to the “Oregon Top 50” by Oregon Super Lawyers for 2017. This marks Susan’s third appearance on this list and 11th year as a Super Lawyer. Susan has advocated for her clients at the trial court level and on appeal for more than 30 years, obtaining favorable results in disputes over ownership and valuation of businesses, business torts, product liability, and a variety of other subject areas.



2017 Super Lawyers Honors Seven Harrang Long Gary Rudnick Attorneys

Seven Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. (HLGR) attorneys have been named to the 2017 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars lists.

Super Lawyers are selected through a process that identifies outstanding lawyers in dozens of practice areas. Factors considered in the nomination and peer evaluation of potential Super Lawyers include education and employment background, experience, representative clients, pro bono and community service, and honors and awards.

2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars include these HLGR attorneys and their primary practice areas:

William F. Gary – Appellate
J. Aaron Landau (Rising Star) – Appellate
Susan D. Marmaduke – Appellate
James E. Mountain, Jr. – Appellate
Arden J. Olson – Business Litigation
Sharon A. Rudnick – Appellate
C. Robert Steringer – Appellate

About Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C.

Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. (HLGR) is a law firm founded in 1957, with offices in Portland, Eugene, and Salem, Oregon.  We assist individuals, businesses, and organizations with legal advice, litigation, appeals, administrative proceedings, and government relations.


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HLGR Shareholder Sharon Rudnick Appointed to the Council on Court Procedures

sharon rudnick headshot

The Oregon State Bar Board of Governors has appointed Sharon Rudnick to the Council on Court Procedures.  The Council is the Oregon public body most directly involved in creating, reviewing, and amending the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure that govern procedure and practice in all Oregon circuit courts.  Sharon will serve a four-year term.


Aaron Crockett Certified as an E-Discovery Specialist

Aaron Crockett has been certified by the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists as an e-discovery specialist.  A CEDS-certified professional, by passing the rigorous, independent examination, earns a credential that validates knowledge and skill in e-discovery through an objectively verifiable standard.


Three HLGR Attorneys to Present at Opportunities for Law in Oregon Conference

Friday, August 4 – Sunday, August 6

Three Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. (HLGR) attorneys will be presenting at the Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO) Conference on August 4-6, 2017. This event will be held at the Salishan Spa & Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach, Oregon.

HLGR attorneys will speak on the following:

  • Bryson Davis will be one of the speakers discussing the “Importance of Networking” from 8:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4, 2017. He will also be moderating the Lawyer Support Services Panel from 11:15-12:15 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
  • Nathan Morales will draw on his experience as the Chair of the Board of Directors for El Programa Hispano Catolico and a member of the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of Oregon when he moderates a panel discussing “Community Service as a Lawyer” from 7:45-9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
  • Jonathan Hood will join a team of legal writing experts as they share their knowledge of how to craft effective legal briefs and articles during the Writing Workshop CLE from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

In addition to being one of the presenters at this event, Bryson Davis is a Member of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (ACDI). The ACDI serves as a key resource to assist the Oregon State Bar in advancing diversity and inclusion is all the bar’s mission areas, programs and activities.