We are very pleased to announce the addition of a new partner in our Portland Office. Elizabeth Woodard has joined us and has brought her vast litigation experience and incredible roster of clients. We look forward to introducing her to all of our current clients. Welcome Elizabeth!
We are pleased to announce that our current Partner, Katie Smith has taken over the role of Managing Partner of our Portland office. Katie started her legal career as a JAG with the United States Air Force and spent several years managing her own legal practice. She brings with her sixteen years of experience with litigation, firm management, supervision of … Continue reading
We are pleased to share that Partner Tom Olsen and Associate Kaitlyn Jensen have published an article in the CLM Construction Claims Magazine titled “BadaBing, Bada Building Boom: Much of today’s raging Northwest construction activity is based on essential digital instruments that can help defense counsel if played well.” Click Here to view the article
Ben Allen joins LGP today as an associate in the Pacific Northwest office. Ben is licensed in Washington and Oregon, and has extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts. To learn about Ben, click here
New Lower Court Ruling Sheds Light on Enforceability of Statutory Non-Economic Damages Cap in Oregon
On January 20, 2017, the Multnomah County Circuit Court released an opinion enforcing the $500,000 statutory cap on non-economic damages in a common law tort action. This opinion provides valuable insight into how Multnomah County courts, and likely courts in other Oregon counties, will analyze and make determinations on the issue of whether the cap should apply in other cases. … Continue reading
Idaho Statute Allows Plaintiffs Opportunity to Recover Attorney Fees in Small Personal Injury Actions
A plaintiff who makes a claim for damages of $25,000 or less in a personal injury action in Idaho can take advantage of a fee-shifting statute which will allow the plaintiff to recover her fees at arbitration or trial. In order to limit plaintiff’s ability to use this statute, it is important that a defendant receiving such a claim respond … Continue reading
On May 5, 2016, the Oregon Supreme Court released an opinion breathing new life into the long neglected statutory damages caps on the books in Oregon. The opinion will likely have a beneficial effect on risk management and insurance premiums in Oregon. In Horton v. OHSU, 359 Or 168 (2016), the court explained that the legislature has the power to … Continue reading
On June 16, 2016, the Oregon Supreme Court clarified that negligent construction claims in Oregon are governed by a two year statute of limitations. The law on this point had been very confused in Oregon for the last several years, with different circuit courts applying a six year rule or a two year rule, with or without a discovery rule. … Continue reading
Rachel Nies and Elizabeth Wright, partners in our Portland office, will be helping girls learn to build this Thursday! Rachel and Elizabeth are volunteering for the day with Girls Build PDX, a non-profit dedicated to putting tools in the hands of girls so that they can explore building and fixing. For more information about Girls Build PDX, click here.
As discussed in an earlier blog, a March 2015 Oregon Supreme Court decision struck a blow against common law indemnity claims, including claims for defense fees and costs, in cases where Oregon’s comparative negligence statutes apply. In Eclectic Investment LLC v. Patterson, 357 Or 25 (March 19, 2015), the Court held that the judicially created doctrine of common law indemnity … Continue reading