to read the court's opinion in ONRC v. Goodman, in which attorneys Marianne Dugan and Chris Winter successfully argued that
the environmental analysis for a proposed expansion of the Mount Ashland Ski Area in southern Oregon was incomplete and that
the expansion plan would violate protections for wildlife and riparian areas.
OUR ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS
THE ABUSE OF POWER
Click here to read about a man assaulted by a fellow
inmate in jail, whose civil rights lawsuit
Dugan recently settled.
Click here to read the court decision about the successful "Fire Road" battle to save a rural Willamette Valley
neighborhood from development.
INCENTIVES TO CHANGE IRRESPONSIBLE POLICIES
Click here to read about a civil rights lawsuit Ms. Dugan settled against Eugene school district for allowing
a student to be beaten on a school bus on school grounds. The settlement included changes in school district policy, including
video cameras on all school buses, allowing parents of victims to watch the videos, and standardized bullying complaint forms.
While Ms. Dugan
has litigated and settled many legal and medical malpractice cases, there aren't any internet links about those cases at this
time. Some examples are:
- Ms. Dugan handled a dental malpractice claim that went to trial in Eugene, Oregon,
a few years ago, and obtained a jury verdict of $250,000. The oral surgeon had removed a patch of skin from our client's
mouth to check for cancer (which was negative), but took such a large biopsy that he damaged the patient's salivary glands.
He failed to properly diagnose the problem and the patient ended up needing surgery to slice open the side of his neck to
remove most of his salivary glands. He developed severe scar tissue on his neck.
- Ms. Dugan has settled over
a dozen legal malpractice claims, involving lawyers who mishandled matters ranging from employment discrimination to criminal
defense to property disputes to auto accidents. She has taken several such malpractice claims to arbitration and trial.
- In the same period, Ms. Dugan has obtained numerous medical and dental malpractice settlements for her clients, and
has taken others to arbitration and trial.
At this time, Ms. Dugan is not taking any new medical malpractice
cases but is reviewing new lawyer malpractice cases.
article about ABA legal malpractice study--
Although solo practitioners and small firms with
to five attorneys accounted for more than
65 percent of nationwide lawyer malpractice claims
in a recent ABA study,
80 percent of lawyers in
the United States practice in these small firms.
ADDRESSING NEGLIGENCE IN
LEGAL AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES