Appellate & Trial Attorney

Attorney Sharon Rudnick has more than 30 years of experience as an appellate and trial lawyer. Her appellate practice covers a wide range of matters, including business disputes, constitutional and public policy matters, class action claims, product liability claims, civil rights claims, challenges to legislation and government action, and employment matters. Through the firm’s Trial and Appellate Consultation practice, she also advises trial lawyers on how to best position and preserve matters for appeal in the event that a negative verdict is received.

In addition to her appellate practice, Sharon has significant litigation experience. She was at the forefront of national litigation concerning punitive damages and federal constitutional law, and has successfully handled many high-profile product liability, employment and unlawful trade practices cases for major corporations.

Sharon is also an accomplished management labor and employment lawyer. She provides day-to-day advice and direction on employment and labor matters, and defends clients before administrative agencies and in state and federal court.

How I Serve Clients

Clients look to our firm for more than just legal advice—they look to us for our strategic approach to problem solving. They expect us to take charge of their problem and manage all of its  dimensions, such as communications and public relations, media, and political issues (including those involving state and federal agencies, the legislature and legislative staff).

Often there are multiple ways to approach a problem, many of which involve more than just filing a lawsuit. We look to all of the tools in our toolbox in order to develop a comprehensive and effective solution, which may include legislative, administrative and public relations components in addition to traditional legal ones. I am always proud when a client commends us for effectively solving their problem without ever entering the courtroom. But of course, when legal action is appropriate, we represent our clients vigorously and excel both in the court room and on appeal.

  • BP West Coast Products, LLC v. Oregon Dept. of Justice, Or. App. 723, __ P.3d __, 284, 2017 WL 1349604, April 12, 2017 (challenges validity of an administrative rule)
  • Wurster, et al. v. Deloitte & Touche, LLP, et al., Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 16CV25920 (securities fraud defense)
  • Pommier, et al. v. Deloitte & Touche, LLP, et al., Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 16CV36439 (securities fraud defense)
  • Ramsdell, et al. v. Deloitte & Touche, LLP, et al., Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 16CV40659 (securities fraud defense)
  • Ciuffitelli, et al. v. Deloitte & Touche, LLP, et al., U.S. District Court Case No. 3:16-cv-0580-AC (securities fraud defense and class action)
  • Hannah’s LLC, et al. v. DOJ, Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 16CV37581 (defense of Unlawful Trade Practices investigation by Attorney General)
  • Hannah’s LLC, et al. v. DOJ, Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 16CV07066, Oregon Court of Appeals Case No. A164584 (Control) (Consolidated with PAWS) (appeal challenging the constitutionality of the Attorney General’s civil investigative authority under the Unlawful Trade Practices Act)
  • Pet Animal Welfare Society, Inc. v. DOJ, Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 16CV08745, Oregon Court of Appeals Case No. A164585 (Consolidated with Hannah’s) (appeal challenging the constitutionality of the Attorney General’s civil investigative authority under the Unlawful Trade Practices Act)
  • Norm Smith, et al v. Patricia Hitt, Douglas County Circuit Court Case No. 15CV24992, Oregon Court of Appeals Case No. A161069 (Appeal re: constitutionality of term limits law)
  • Providence Health Plan v. Allen, 2015 WL 12712717, Or., June 22, 2015 (breach of contract)
  • Michele Rossollo v. Multnomah County Elections Division, et al., 272 Or App 572, 357 P3d 505 (2015) (appeal regarding constitutionality of initiative petition)
  • Paige Richardson v. Metro, Clackamas County Circuit Court Case No. CV14030408, Oregon Court of Appeals Case No. A158242 (Control) (Consolidated with Richardson Appeal) (Appeal regarding legality of local government funding of development project)
  • Paige Richardson, et al. v. Metro, et al., Clackamas County Circuit Court Case No. 140405077, Oregon Court of Appeals Case No. A158414 (Consolidated with Richardson Appeal) (same)
  • Scharfstein v. BP West Coast Products, LLC, 2014 WL 3916574, Or., January 31, 2014 (defense of Unlawful Trade Practices claim, consumer protection; injunctive relief)
  • Lafferty v. Providence Health Plans, Slip Copy, 2011 WL 2193383, C.A.9 (Or.), June 07, 2011 (NO. 10-35688) (Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 U.S.C. § 1132 (a)(1)(B))
  • Estate of Schwarz ex rel. Schwarz v. Philip Morris Inc., 349 Or. 521, 246 P.3d 479, 2010 WL 5393669, Or., December 30, 2010 (NO. SC S053644, CA A118589, CC 000201376) (product liability; negligence; fraud; punitive damages)
  • MCI Communications Services, Inc. v. City of Eugene, OR, 359 Fed.Appx. 692, 2009 WL 2952179, C.A.9 (Or.), September 15, 2009 (NO. 07 35935) (declaratory; injunctive relief)
  • Williams v. Philip Morris USA Inc., 129 S.Ct. 1436, 2009 WL 814803, 173 L.Ed.2d 346, 77 USLW 3557, 21 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 731, U.S.Or., March 31, 2009 (NO. 07-1216) (fraud; products liability; constitutionality of punitive damages award)
  • Lowe v. Philip Morris USA, Inc., 207 Or.App. 532, 142 P.3d 1079, 2006 WL 2557971, Or.App., September 06, 2006 (medical monitoring without physical injury)
  • Pearson v. Philip Morris, Inc., 208 Or.App. 501, 145 P.3d 298, 2006 WL 2882727, Or.App., October 11, 2006 (lights cigarettes class action)
  • Clarke ex rel. Clarke v. Oregon Health Sciences University, 206 Or.App. 610, 138 P.3d 900, 2006 WL 1867755, Or.App., July 05, 2006 (constitutionality of cap on damages for injuries caused by public entities and employees)
  • Bocci v. Key Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 190 Or.App. 407, 79 P.3d 908, 2003 WL 22682999, Or.App., November 13, 2003 (products liability; constitutionality of punitive damages award)
  • Strunk v. Public Employees Retirement Bd., 341 Or. 175, 139 P.3d 956, 2006 WL 2022178, Or., July 20, 2006 (constitutionality of legislative amendments to public employees retirement system)
  • Providence Health Plan v. McDowell, 361 F.3d 1243, 2004 WL 574982, C.A.9 (Or.), March 24, 2004 (ERISA; right to enforce reimbursement provision; preemption)

Bar Admissions

  • California State Bar
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Washington State Bar
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Many federal, district, and circuit courts.

Professional Recognition

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© for appellate practice, mass tort litigation/class actions-defendants, employment law-management, and labor law-management every year since 2009
  • Product Liability Lawyer of the Year in Oregon – 2013 International Global Law Experts
  • Named 2013 Woman Business Leader of the Year – Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Selected to Super Lawyers® 2006-2008, 2011, 2014-2017

Memberships

  • Member, Oregon State Bar
    • Served on the Oregon State Bar Employment Law Section Executive Committee and the Civil Rights Uniform Civil Jury Instructions Committee
  • Member, Multnomah County Bar
    • Served on the Judicial Screening Committee
  • Appointed to serve on the Council on Court Procedures, 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. Currently serving in a four-year term beginning in 2017.
  • J.D., Order of the Coif, University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • B.A., magna cum laude (English Literature), Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont
    • Phi Beta Kappa
Sharon is a frequent speaker at continuing education events, and was the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Woman Business Leader of the Year ceremony (May 14, 2015).
Sharon has been a leader in a variety of civic activities. She currently serves as President of the Oregon Hillel Foundation, and has served as President of the Board of Directors for the Relief Nursery and Temple Beth Israel. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Lane County and the Western Oregon Girl Scouts.