Over the past 75 years, we’ve been privileged to serve as litigators and counsel to some of Oregon and Washington’s most successful companies and individuals.
Lindsay Hart is known for attracting and developing an exceptional array of legal talent. Our alumni have gone on to some of the most well-respected leadership positions in the industry, the bar, and government. Two former Lindsay Hart attorneys, Chief Justice Thomas Balmer and Associate Justice Jack Landau serve on the Oregon Supreme Court. Chief Judge Rick Haselton, Judge Robert Wollheim, and Judge Rex Armstrong, all Lindsay Hart alumni, serve on the Oregon Court of Appeals. Other alumni currently serve or have served on Oregon’s District and Circuit Courts. The firm has also produced six presidents of the Oregon State Bar including Michael Haglund (2013-2014).
The Start of Something Great
Enter: Lindsay and Neil
Dennis Lindsay was hired by the firm in 1950. He was previously Deputy District Attorney of Multnomah County. He served on the Port of Portland Commission from 1955 to 1970, including eight years as its Chair, resulting in his nickname “Commish.” Dennis took the lead over the years in expanding the firm’s practice in defending maritime employers and insurers on longshoreman and seaman personal injury claims and representing stevedoring and grain terminal employers and various trade associations.
When Dennis became a partner in the firm in 1952, the firm name was changed to Krause, Evans and Lindsay. Don Krause became partner in 1954. The following year, R. W. Nahstoll joined the firm. The firm name was changed to Krause, Lindsay and Nahstoll. Carl Neil was hired in 1959 after serving a year as clerk to Oregon Supreme Court Justice Hall Lusk following his graduation from Columbia Law School.
Expansion of a Practice
Jerry Weigler came to the firm in 1960 as an associate after clerking for Judge Solomon following his graduation from Yale Law School. Over the years Jerry took the leading role in expanding the firm’s maritime casualty litigation and marine insurance practice. Carl Neil became partner as of January 1, 1964. At that time, the firm’s partners were Gunther Krause, Dennis Lindsay, Dick Nahstoll, Don Krause, Leon Gabinet, Bill Poole, Garry McMurry and Carl Neil. Jerry Weigler became a partner in 1965. Jim Bean and Bill Snouffer (later Circuit Court Judge) became associates in 1967, and Jim became a partner in 1972. Jim developed expertise and led the firm’s practice in real property and land use law.
From the Ashes: Allan Hart
Allan had a very distinguished career in private practice and community service. In 1949, he and Verne Dusenbery persuaded the Oregon Supreme Court in Namba v. McCourt, 185 Or 579 (1979), to invalidate Oregon statutes prohibiting aliens (notably Japanese immigrants) from owning land.
Notwithstanding a busy law practice, Allan found time to take leadership roles in many community activities, perhaps most importantly in education. He served as a member of the West Sylvan School District Board, was appointed by Gov. Robert Holmes to the State Board of Higher Education, and served on it from 1957 until 1964. He was also a co-founder of the ACLU’s Oregon chapter, and President of the City Club of Portland in 1966-1967. Allan Hart retired as a partner and became “of counsel” as of December 31, 1984, and passed away in February, 2002.
Among the significant events of that period was the tragic death of Carmie Dafoe, a veteran mountain climber, in a 1975 automobile crash in Montana on his way to a climb. He had frequently noted that a person was much more likely to die in an automobile accident than on a mountain climb.
Following Don Krause’s and Dick Nahstoll’s retirement, the firm name was changed to Lindsay Hart Neil & Weigler. Dick Nahstoll had an outstanding career at the Bar, including service as Oregon State Bar President in 1964-1965. In addition, he enjoyed the distinction of winning ABA prizes in both literature (Ross Essay) and art. A painting of his was chosen for a cover of the ABA Journal. Dick passed away on January 27, 2001.
During the years at the Carriage House and Columbia Square, two of the firm’s lawyers had the privilege of arguing cases in the U. S. Supreme Court. Allan Hart once introduced Carol at a firm meeting as our only lawyer who had argued a case before the U. S. Supreme Court while wearing dental braces. Also in those years, Carl Neil served as President of the Oregon State Bar in 1976-1977, following in the footsteps of Gunther Krause (1942-1943), Walter Evans (1948-1949), and Dick Nahstoll (1964-1965), and preceding Jack Kennedy in that office (1978-1979).
A number of the lawyers who worked for the firm in this period later became judges. They include Tom Balmer and Jack Landau on the Oregon Supreme Court, Rick Haselton and Rex Armstrong on the Oregon Court of Appeals, and Bill Snouffer, Kristina LaMar, and Janice Wilson on the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Another member of the Oregon Court of Appeals, Judge Bob Wollheim, worked for the firm as a law clerk and legal assistant.
In 1990, the firm split. Partners Lindsay, Neil, Weigler, Bean, Palmer, McClendon, McDermott, Tomlinson, James Dumas, Haselton and David Douthwaite reformed the law firm, retaining the firm name Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler. In August 1994, the firm moved to its current location in the Wells Fargo Building. On January 1st, 2013 the firm was renamed to “Lindsay Hart, LLP.”
.. And We’re Not Done Yet
While we are proud of our past, our focus is on the future and forging strong relationships built on trust, skill and client advocacy. Our attorneys strive to develop creative legal strategies using cutting edge, innovative technologies to advance the interests of our clients. Lindsay Hart was founded on the philosophy of providing our clients excellent service while upholding the highest standards of the legal profession. More than 75 years later, strong relationships with our clients remain the cornerstone of our practice.