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Associate Bryson E. Davis Participates in Signing of Hill Block Agreement

HLGR salutes associate attorney Bryson Davis for his leadership role in the development of Portland’s Hill Block into a community asset.  Read more in The Portland Observer.

James E. Mountain Jr. was Named Best Lawyers® 2019 Administrative/Regulatory Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Portland

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Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. is pleased to announce that attorney James E. Mountain, Jr. was recently recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2019 Administrative / Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year” in Portland, Oregon. This is Jim’s third recognition as Lawyer of the Year for Administrative/Regulatory Law (2014, 2017, 2019).

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, Jim was also listed in the 2019 Best Lawyers in America for Appellate Practice.

Best Lawyers has published their Best Lawyers® 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 65 countries.

Five Attorneys from Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. Were Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2019

Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. is pleased to announce that five lawyers have been named to the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.  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.

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.

Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. would like to congratulate the following attorneys recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019:

William F. Gary (included in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2006)

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation

Susan D. Marmaduke (included in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2009)

  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation

James E. Mountain, Jr. (included in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2006)

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Appellate Practice

Sharon A. Rudnick (included in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2009)

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

C. Robert “Bob” Steringer (included in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2013)

  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation

Seven Harrang Long Gary Rudnick Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers List

Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. is pleased to announce that seven of the firm’s attorneys have been selected to the 2018 Oregon Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in Oregon.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list.

Please join us in congratulating:

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

“We are extremely proud to have seven of our attorneys recognized by Super Lawyers,” said Bob Steringer, Managing Partner. “All of the attorneys on the list have been recognized for at least 4 years by Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, and several on the 2018 list have been recognized for over 10 years. This speaks to Harrang Long’s reputation for providing sophisticated legal strategies for all our clients, in every area of law in which we practice.”

Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a multiphase process including peer nomination and evaluations, combined with independent research. Candidates are evaluated based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievements. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis and lists are published nationwide, including the Oregon Super Lawyers Digital Magazine.

For more information about Super Lawyers, go to

HLGR Shareholder William F. Gary Interviewed by KVAL Regarding the Rajneeshees and Netflix Series “Wild, Wild Country”

“I think it’s a story that has all of the elements that we all love,” said Eugene attorney William Gary, who had a front row seat as then-Oregon Attorney General Dave Frohnmayer‘s deputy. “There’s sex and drugs and rock and roll.”

“It made life a little uncomfortable and at times all-consuming,” Gary recalled. “There was a certain inevitability to the collapse of the commune.”  Gary said it was a combination of the law and the commune’s own internal drama that led to its dispersement by the end of the decade.

“We avoided any kind of armed conflict in a circumstance where there was plenty of heat and lots of potential for that to occur,” Gary said.  It’s that narrow miss that so many people find intriguing to this day, he said – as well as the core struggle to which many people can relate.  “Individual freedom and religious freedom versus the well being of the whole,” Gary said. “That is a struggle that is perpetual.”

See the full article here.

Our Eugene Office Has Moved

We are pleased to announce the move of our Eugene office to 497 Oakway Road, Suite 380, at the Oakway Center. We are excited about this move to a thriving commercial center and, as always, remain committed to providing the excellent legal services you have come to expect.


HLGR Shareholder William F. Gary Featured in NETFLIX Documentary Series

Harrang Long Gary Rudnick, P.C. (HLGR) is proud of William F. Gary, a firm shareholder and Chair of its Board of Directors, who was featured in the recent Netflix documentary series, Wild Wild Country.

The six-part series tells the incredible story of the Rajneeshpuram community that was established outside Antelope, Oregon, in the 1980s and was intended to be a utopian society for the followers of the group’s leader, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. In addition to chronicling the fascinating story of the cult, it also addresses an important period of Oregon history and the complicated legal and political issues that surrounded the rise and fall of Rajneeshpuram.

Mr. Gary was the Deputy Attorney General (second in command of the Oregon Department of Justice) during the cult’s rise and was interviewed extensively by filmmakers regarding the DOJ’s response to the complex legal issues that arose as Rajneeshpuram grew to thousands of people, much to the dismay of the locals in Antelope and Central Oregon. Ultimately, cult members were implicated in the poisoning and harassment of local citizens, the attempted assassinations of law enforcement leaders and state politicians, and  other serious crimes.

For more information about the docuseries, the trailer can be found at the following link:

Erica Tatoian Joins HLGR in Portland

Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. (HLGR) is pleased to announce that Erica Tatoian has joined the firm as an associate attorney in our Portland office.

Erica Tatoian is an associate attorney whose practice focuses on appeals, administrative law, and complex litigation. She began her legal career as a clerk at the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Erica is a 2016 graduate of UO Law School (top 15% of her class), where she served as Notes & Comments Editor of the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation. During law school, she completed an externship with Oregon Supreme Court Justice David Brewer.

Erica is a member of the Oregon Women Lawyers and serves on the Associate Board of the Boys & Girls Club of Salem.


Gallatin Public Affairs Partner Greg Peden to Affiliate with Harrang Long Gary Rudnick as Of Counsel Attorney

Relationship strengthens long-time collaboration between leading Northwest firms

The leaders of Gallatin Public Affairs and Harrang Long Gary Rudnick, P.C. (HLGR) are pleased to announce that Greg Peden will now serve as an Of Counsel attorney with HLGR in addition to his role at Gallatin. The two firms have coordinated service to a number of Pacific Northwest clients with a variety of complex legal and advocacy challenges.  Greg’s addition to HLGR’s roster will strengthen that relationship to benefit our clients.

Since 1990, at the often complex intersection of government, business, politics and the media, Gallatin Public Affairs has helped clients seize opportunities, overcome challenges and grow. As a partner for 11 years, Greg helps businesses and other entities successfully navigate government by combining his legal skills with a deep understanding of government, politics and the legislature. With expertise in the areas of natural resources, general business, energy, public safety and transportation policy, Greg is a regular presence inside the State Capitol and city halls.

“We are very pleased that Greg is bringing his expertise to Harrang Long,” said Bob Steringer, President of HLGR. “Greg’s affiliation with HLGR strengthens a long-standing relationship with Gallatin Public Affairs, which allows us to assemble a full suite of services for our clients that includes policy research, strategic communications and lobbying assistance, along with the legal guidance they need to push complex projects across the finish line.”

Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. (“HLGR”) is a law firm founded in 1957 with offices in Portland, Eugene, and Salem, Oregon. The firm assists individuals, businesses, and organizations with legal advice, litigation, appeals, administrative proceedings, and government relations.  HLGR and its team of lawyers have been recognized for their work through rankings in Martindale Hubbell, U.S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers, SuperLawyers and others. Learn more at

Gallatin Public Affairs is a full service public affairs firm with offices in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Throughout the Northwest, Gallatin senior-level consultants are skilled and experienced in crisis management and training, strategy development, research, targeted messaging, advertising, digital advocacy, public positioning and media relations.  See the Gallatin website at to learn more.

  • Year 2017
  • 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.