Janet M. Schroer - Hart Wagner LLP

Janet M. Schroer

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003


Janet Schroer is a partner at Portland, Oregon-based Hart Wagner LLP.  Her practice emphasizes civil litigation, including tort, contract, medical and professional malpractice, business and constitutional law, in both the trial and appellate courts, as well as professional licensing matters.

Janet frequently serves the firm’s clients in the Oregon Court of Appeals, Oregon Supreme Court, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She also represents her clients' business, professional and personal interests before various trial courts and licensing agencies.  Her practice requires that she often work closely with the client’s general counsel or trial lawyer on appellate matters, and so she has developed strong and long-lasting relationships with other lawyers.

Janet has handled well over 50 cases to final decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She has handled 31 cases to final opinion in the Oregon Supreme Court, 127 cases with opinions in the Oregon Court of Appeals, and many more that were affirmed without opinion.  She also has handled appeals in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Idaho Supreme Court, Nevada Supreme Court, and Washington Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

  • Hart Wagner, Partner since 1992
  • Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
    Partner, 1989-1992
    Associate, 1981-1988
  • University of Oregon Law School
    J.D., Order of the Coif, 1981
  • Bowling Green University
    B.A., cum laude, 1978

Oregon State Courts, 1981
United States District Court for District of Oregon, 1981
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1981
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2009
U.S. Supreme Court, 1992

  • Frequent speaker on malpractice, trial, and appellate issues
  • Arbitrator for Multnomah County Circuit Court and uninsured motorist actions
  • Active Circuit Court Judge Pro Tempore in Multnomah County and Clackamas County
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate, elected in 1996
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Fellow, elected in 2008
  • Oregon State Bar, since 1981

- Co-author: Appeal and Review: Beyond the Basics 2014 edition, chapter on Effective Written Advocacy

- Co-editor: Civil Pleading and Practice CLE, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2006, 2011

- Litigation Section Executive Committee, 1988-1994 (Chair, 1992-1993)

- Local Professional Responsibility Committee, 1987-1991

- Civil Litigation CLE Program Planner, 1990-1996

- Oregon Trial Advocacy College, 2008-2011

  • Multnomah Bar Association

- Judicial Screening Committee, 1994-1997 (Chair, 1996-1997)

  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel

- Amicus Committee, 1994-present

- Professional Liability Practice Leader, 1994-1995

- Publications Committee, 1992-1994

  • Oregon Medical Association

- Medical Malpractice Loss Prevention Education Committee, 1993-1996

- Planner for and Speaker at Medical Malpractice Loss Prevention Seminars, 1993-2010

  • Fair Dismissal Appeals Board, 1985-1993

Bowling Green UniversityUniversity of Oregon School of LawJ.D. 1981

Client Comments

"Janet Schroer is the best appellate defense lawyer in the Western United States. She is very experienced, confident, and articulate in her positions."

Office Location

1000 Southwest Broadway, 20th And 21st Floor
Portland, OR 97205-3070
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants of the Portland-OR Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the Portland-OR Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants of the Portland-OR Metro Area
Janet M. Schroer has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Janet M. Schroer has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Janet M. Schroer has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (Appellate)
Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Other Information

Gender: Female