John E. Hart - Hart Wagner LLP

John E. Hart

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1989
Phone: 503-222-4499

John Hart is a Portland native who has represented a wide variety of clients involved in civil litigation during his distinguished legal career. For the past 30 years, John’s practice has focused primarily upon defending medical malpractice lawsuits and, to a lesser extent, other complex civil litigation involving products liability and catastrophic injuries. John is one of the few lawyers in our region who has tried more than 360 civil lawsuits through to a jury verdict in Oregon and Washington state courts as well as federal court. He regularly defends doctors, midwives, nurses, hospitals, and medical institutions in cases involving alleged birth trauma injuries, cancer misdiagnosis, surgical mishaps, and the like. Known for his thoroughness, fairness, and integrity, John Hart is uniformly held in high regard by trial judges, opposing lawyers, and especially his clients.

Practice Emphasis:

  • Trial Lawyer
  • Medical malpractice
  • Products liability
  • Complex civil litigation

Additional Information

Articles and Presentations
  • “Loss in Value of Chance”
    American Bar Association, TIPS, Medicine and Law Committee
    Toronto, Canada, 1988
  • “Wrongful Birth Cause of Action”
    American Bar Association, TIPS, Medicine and Law Committee
    San Francisco, 1982
  • Oregon Trial Advocacy College
    “Jury Selection”, 12th and 13th annual events
  • “The Art of Cross-Examining an Expert”
    (Oregon Law Institute, 2007)
  • “Mediation and Arbitration”
    (Oregon Law Institute, 2004)
  • “Basics of Trial Practice”
    (Oregon Law Institute, 2000)
  • “Women’s Health Conference”
    (Oregon Academy of Family Physicians, 2003 and 2004)
  • “Understanding and Litigating Cancer and Coronary Heart Disease–Litigating Breast Cancer”
    (OSB Continuing Legal Education, March, 1999)
  • “Understanding Admissibility of Scientific Evidence”
    (Bench and Bar Breakfast, 1996)
  • “OB-GYN Liability Issues” (Oregon Section of ACOG, 1996)
  • “Liability Issues in Managed Care” (Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, 1996)
  • “Panel-Jury Selection” (Oregon State Bar, 1993)
  • “Psychological Injuries” (Oregon State Bar, 1992)
  • “Expert Witness” (Oregon Law Institute, 1988)
Portland State UniversityLewis & Clark CollegeJ.D. 1974
American College of Trial LawyersAmerican Board of Trial AdvocatesOregon Association of Defense Counsel

Client Comments

"John Hart is an excellent attorney; he is very professional and easy to work with."

"John Hart is a top trial lawyer in complex medical malpractice cases. His specific specialty is in birth trauma and high exposure cases. His trial experience is extensive and he is very successful at trial."

Office Location

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

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2013 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants of the Portland-OR Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants of the Portland-OR Metro Area2010 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation of the Portland-OR Metro Area
John E. Hart has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!John E. Hart has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!John E. Hart has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2010!

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (Medical Malpractice)

Other Information

Gender: Male