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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.


    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