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Sharon Rudnick, Mark Amberg and Kate Watkinson to Lead Panel Discussion at a Conference of the Oregon Chapter of the Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA)

On October 8, 2010 from 10:30 am – 11:45 am, Sharon Rudnick, Mark Amberg and Kate Watkinson will lead a panel presentation and discussion of recent labor- and employment-related decisions of the Oregon and United States Supreme Court.  The PRIMA...

Public Records Law / Trade Secrets

Public Records Law/ Trade Secrets Working with government agencies can be a lot like selling your parrot to the town gossip. Once you’ve shared a trade secret with the government, you can’t be sure who will end up hearing about...

Randy Duncan on Panel of Experts at Business Succession Planning Summit

On Wednesday, September 22nd, from 7:30am – 9:00am, Randy Duncan will serve on a panel of experts that will discuss why succession planning is important to your business and how to utilize succession planning to create new opportunities. The Summit...

The Best Lawyers in America© 2011

HLGR is pleased to announce that Bill Gary, Susan Marmaduke, Jim Mountain, Sharon Rudnick, Jens Schmidt and Frank Moscato have been named in several categories in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Bill Gary: Administrative Law, Appellate Law, Commercial...

Gary, Marmaduke and Moscato honored by the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society

Bill Gary, Susan Marmaduke and Frank Moscato have been named by the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society as among the most distinguished trial lawyers in Oregon. Each year the Society honors a group of people who have contributed...

The Capitol Mall Dispatch

Volume 1, Second Quarter, 2010 ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS AND EMPLOYEE WORKPLACE PRIVACY RIGHTS Employees’ personal use of on-line social networking, text messaging and email is a fact of life in many workplaces. Two recent cases illustrate the importance of having policies...

Oregon Supreme Court Affirms Vacating of $100 Million Punitive Damages Award in Philip Morris USA Case

On June 24, 2010, the Oregon Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the Oregon Court of Appeals in setting aside a $100 million punitive damages award imposed against Philip Morris USA. At the time of the original verdict, it was the largest...

Bob Steringer Speaks to OPB regarding “Open Courts” and Its Application to the Boy Scouts of America Case

HLGR shareholder Bob Steringer was quoted in a news story that ran June 14, 2010, on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s local report during NPR’s Morning Edition. Bob spoke on the “open courts” provision of the Oregon Constitution and its application to...

Employment Law Alert: Recent Developments Regarding Workplace Privacy Rights

Recent Developments Regarding Workplace Privacy Rights New Jersey Supreme Court Upholds Privacy of Employee Personal Emails Accessed on Work Computer On March 30, 2010, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a decision in Stengart v. Loving Care Agency, Inc., 201...

Employment Law Alert: Medical Marijuana Update / New Health Care Reform Law Provides Break Time for Nursing Mothers

Medical Marijuana Update/New health care reform law provides break time for nursing mothers Employers Need Not Accommodate Medical Marijuana Users Oregon State Supreme Court rules federal Controlled Substances Act preempts state law On April 15, 2010, the Oregon Supreme Court...