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I am a native of Portland, Oregon, and have extensive experience as a trial lawyer representing clients involved in civil litigation. For the past 30 years, my practice has primarily focused upon defending medical malpractice lawsuits and, to a lesser extent, other complex civil litigation involving products liability and catastrophic injuries.  I am one of only a few lawyers in the Pacific Northwest who has tried over 360 civil lawsuits through to a jury verdict in both Oregon and Washington state courts, as well as in federal court.  I regularly defend doctors, midwives, nurses, hospitals and medical institutions in cases involving alleged birth trauma injuries, cancer misdiagnosis, and surgical mishaps, among other issues.

Over the course of my career, I have built a reputation for my thoroughness, fairness, and integrity.  As a result, I am held in high regard by trial judges, opposing lawyers, and clients.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 30%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 30%
  3. Lawsuits & Disputes: 20%
  4. Personal Injury: 10%
  5. Birth Injury: 10%

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  • James D Huegli

    I endorse this lawyer. John Hart is the finest defense lawyer in Oregon. He has the talent and skill to win almost anything that is thrown his way. I have known John for over 40 years and have been on the other side of cases with him. He is as good as they come.


    James Huegli Medical malpractice Attorney
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Contact info

Hart Wagner LLP

1000 SW Broadway
Suite 2000
Portland, OR, 97205-3070


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyer (every year since 1989)Best Lawyers in America2016
Oregon Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Oregon Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Lawyer of the Year - Pers. Injury Litigation: Defense, PortlandBest Lawyers in America2013
Oregon Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Lawyer of the Year - Medical Malpractice Law: Defense, PortlandBest Lawyers in America2012
Oregon Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Oregon Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Oregon Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Lawyer of the Year - Personal Injury Litigation, PortlandBest Lawyers in America2010
Oregon Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Oregon Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Oregon Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Oregon Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Best Lawyer (every year, 1989 - present)Best Lawyers in America1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHart Wagner LLP1992 - Present
Associate Attorney and PartnerSchwabe, Williamson & Wyatt1974 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Trial LawyersFellowN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAdvocateN/A
Oregon Association of Defense CounselMemberN/A
Oregon Council on Court ProceduresMemberN/A
Oregon PartnershipMember, Board of Directors2012 - 2013
American Board of Trial AdvocatesPresident, Oregon chapter1994 - 1996
Oregon Council on Court ProceduresChair1993 - 1995
Oregon Association of Defense CounselPresident1989 - 1989
Publication nameTitleDate
American Bar Association, TIPS, Medicine and Law CommitteeLoss in Value of Chance1988
American Bar Association, TIPS, Medicine and Law CommitteeWrongful Birth Cause of Action1982
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1974
Portland State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2015 OADC Annual ConventionShark Tank2015
13th Annual Oregon Trial Advocacy CollegeJury Selection2011
12th Annual Oregon Trial Advocacy CollegeJury Selection2010
Oregon Law Institute seminarThe Art of Cross-Examining an Expert2007
Oregon Law Institute seminarMediation and Arbitration2004
Oregon Law Institute seminarBasics of Trial Practice2000
Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education seminarUnderstanding and Litigating Cancer and Coronary Heart Disease–Litigating Breast Cancer1999
Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems conferenceLiability Issues in Managed Care1996
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists - Oregon Section meetingOB-GYN Liability Issues1996
Oregon State Bar seminarPanel-Jury Selection1993
Oregon State Bar seminarPsychological Injuries1992
Oregon Law Institute seminarExpert Witness1988