Janet M. Schroer

Janet M. Schroer


Hart Wagner LLP

Recognized since 2003

Portland, Oregon

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
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PRACTICE EMPHASIS & DESCRIPTION

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.

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

      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

      PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
      • 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
        PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
        • 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

Location

  • 1000 Southwest Broadway, 20th Floor
    Portland, OR 97205

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Portland, OR (2020)
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants, Portland, OR (2019)
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants, Portland, OR (2017)
  • Appellate Practice, Portland, OR (2016)
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants, Portland, OR (2014)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Appellate Practice
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Special Focus

  • Appellate

Awards:

  • Oregon Super Lawyers, 2006-present
  • Named 2014 Lawyer of the Year for Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants - Portland, OR by Best Lawyers
  • Harpole Attorney Award, 2013
  • Oregon Super Lawyers Top 25 Women Lawyers in Oregon, 2009-2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

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

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