“There is no greater joy than seeing the light restored in a client’s eyes when justice has finally been served.”
A former clerk for two Oregon Supreme Court justices, Lisa is known for her aggressive pursuit of the proper outcome for clients who have suffered a personal, economic, or business injury.
Her practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, medical negligence, pharmaceuticals, business litigation, and class actions. Lisa ensures that the trial court record for Corson & Johnson Law Firm’s clients will withstand scrutiny on appeal and, in addition, continues her own independent appellate practice.
Making a Difference
Lisa recently won a significant ruling for a family in the wrongful death case of their daughter. DeWolf v. Mt. Hood Ski Bowl. In the original trial in 2013, Mt. Hood Ski Bowl attorneys – the defendants – withheld significant evidence about other skiers’ severe injuries or deaths. The Court of Appeals concluded that their behavior was extreme and resulted in misconduct that required a new trial.
In Humphrey v. OHSU, the trial court dismissed plaintiff’s medical negligence claims as untimely filed and for failing to provide OHSU with the notice required under the Oregon Tort Claims Act (OTCA). The Court of Appeals reversed that decision and determined that OHSU’s provision of free or discounted medical procedures to remedy injuries it had caused plaintiff during an earlier dental surgery constituted a “payment” or “advance payment” on the plaintiff’s claims as alleged. The Court concluded that, under the relevant statutes, plaintiff had sufficiently alleged in her complaint an “advance payment” that tolls the statute of limitations, and a “payment” that satisfies the OTCA notice requirement.
- Fellner v. Bayer Pharma AG; Medical negligence and pharmaceutical product liability
- Gatti v. Orthopedic & Fracture Specialists; Medical negligence
- Brown v. Palmer; Medical negligence
- Fritz v. Carson Oil Inc., Co.; Wrongful death
- Phelps v. Wyeth, Inc., 9th Circuit appeal addressing the improper dismissal of brand-name drug manufacturer defendants under erroneous interpretation of Oregon law, and improper dismissal of generic-brand drug manufacturer defendants on statute of limitations grounds and erroneous application of Oregon’s discovery rule.
- Kelley v. State Farm, opposing defendant’s appeal of trial court award of plaintiff’s statutory attorney fees in UIM (underinsured motorist) case – currently abated at the Supreme Court pending review of the Court of Appeals’ decision in Spearman v. Progressive Classic Ins. Co. for which the amicus brief for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association was also authored by Lisa T. Hunt.
- Strawn v. Farmers Ins. Co. of Oregon, fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of contract claims against insurer for failing to uphold its statutorily-mandated Personal Insurance Protection (PIP) obligations.
- Lewis and Clark Law School, J.D., 2002
- UCLA, M.F.A. Film Production, 1990
- UC Santa Barbara, B.A. Communication Studies, 1984
- Super Lawyer® Top Rated Appellate Attorney
- Gus J. Solomon Inn of Court, (2007-present)
- Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
- OTLA Amicus Committee (2002-2004; 2007-present)
- Writer, “Between the Sheets”-regular column in OTLA’s quarterly magazine, Trial Lawyer, summarizing important appellate court highlights
- OTLA Women’s Caucus (2007-present)
- OTLA Minorities’ Caucus (2013-present)
- OGALLA Judiciary Committee, in partnership with the Minority Bar Associations – Judicial Candidate interviews (2013)
- Oregon Women Lawyers – Roberts-Deiz Award Committee (2008-2011)
- Multnomah Bar Association – Judicial Liaison Committee (2008-2011)
- Governor’s Office Linn County Judicial Interviews Panel (June, 2010)
Lisa is a certified yoga teacher and has two rescue dogs named Sadie and Archie.