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Vaden Francisco Joins HLGR’s Business Practice in Eugene

HLGR is pleased to announce that Vaden Francisco, Jr. has joined the firm as an associate attorney in our Eugene office. Vaden joined HLGR on January 6, 2014, so he could work closely with other business attorneys in Eugene and Portland while expanding the legal services available to his clients. Vaden’s law practice will continue to focus [...]

HLGR Adopts a Classroom

Attorneys and staff from our Portland office participated in the “Adopt a Classroom” holiday giving project this year. We had a lot of fun selecting and purchasing a wide array of fun and skill-building toys for the “Wobblers” (ages 12-18 months) at the Peninsula Children’s Learning Center. This was really a fun way to give [...]

Discipline and Documentation

Presenter: Shari Lane Shari will be presenting on discipline and documentation issues at the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries’ 29th Annual Employment Law Conference. For more details on the two-day conference at the Oregon Convention Center, including registration information, please visit the State of Oregon BOLI website.

Federal Contractors and Subcontractors: Is your business prepared to comply with new requirements?

by Kate Grado The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in the Department of Labor recently finalized a new rule affecting the nondiscrimination and affirmative action obligations of federal contractors and subcontractors. The new rule, which is effective on March 24, 2014, includes changes to the requirements surrounding equal opportunity clauses, invitations to self-identify, [...]

Tips for Productive 2013 Year-End Tax Planning

by Ted Simpson Year-end tax planning could be especially productive this year because timely action could nail down a host of tax breaks that won’t be around next year unless Congress acts to extend them, which, at the present time, looks doubtful. These include, for individuals: the option to deduct state and local sales and [...]

More Decisions on Social Media

by Shari Lane You have read in this newsletter and elsewhere that the National Labor Relations Board has been cracking down on company policies that restrict what employees can say about their employers. New decisions continue to narrow the scope of what restrictions are allowed and those that may be considered a violation of the [...]

Trust and Estate Planning Seminar

Presenters: Ted Simpson (and others) While the permanence of The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 provides a welcome contrast to the uncertainty about exemption amounts and rates that the last 10 years provided, it also raises questions and concerns regarding whether one should rely on portability as an estate planning strategy, how one should [...]

Securities Law Compliance: An Overview of Small Offering Exemptions and Registration for Business Owners Interested in Raising Money

by Lee Lashway Following is an overview of several elements to be considered by issuers undertaking a “small offering” or “private placement” of securities. For purposes of this discussion, a “security” includes stock in a corporation; certain debt instruments, such as promissory notes or debentures, when issued under particular circumstances; limited partnership interests; and investment [...]

Sharon Rudnick Named “Product Liability Lawyer of the Year”

Sharon Rudnick was recently named “Product Liability Lawyer of the Year in Oregon” in 2013 by Global Law Experts. Global Law Experts is an international directory, which grants awards to only one attorney from each jurisdiction in each key practice area. Thereby, Sharon is the only Oregon attorney to receive this award and distinction. For 30 [...]

Mountain Named “Lawyer of the Year” for Administrative / Regulatory Law in Portland for 2014

James Mountain, Jr.,was recently named “Lawyer of the Year” in Portland, OR for Administrative / Regulatory Law by Best Lawyers for 2014. He was also selected for inclusion in the 2014 Best Lawyers in America© list in the areas of appellate practice and administrative/regulatory law.