Hillary A. Taylor


Keating Jones Hughes, P.C.
200 SW Market St.
Suite 900
Portland, OR 97201

Tel: (503) 222-9955

Email: htaylor@keatingjones.com
Web: www.keatingjones.com

Hillary Taylor is an experienced litigation and appellate attorney in state and federal courts in the Pacific Northwest. Hillary’s practice focuses on professional liability defense. She regularly represents physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation, health law, regulatory compliance, and legal malpractice defense.   She is experienced in serving as lead appellate counsel and litigating complex and high value malpractice cases involving nuanced areas of state and federal law, statutory construction, constitutional issues, and issues of first impression.  Hillary enjoys advocating for her clients in trial and appellate courts, including on issues of significance by appearing on behalf of amicus curiae in the Oregon Supreme Court.

Hillary is a frequent speaker and author at continuing education programs about appellate practice, medical defense, HIPAA, and a variety of topics.  She serves on DRI’s Appellate Advocacy Committee and is the Vice Chair of the 2022 Annual Conference.

Keating Jones Hughes’ appellate practice takes on the most complex issues with the ability to synthesize the law, the facts, and the trial court record into cogent and winning arguments.  We understand the appellate process and how to use it, from the beginning of litigation.  We provide valuable insight on complex cases from early pleadings through trial and on appeal.

Our appellate team has a wealth of experience in state and federal appellate courts.  Together we have handled hundreds of appeals in cases with myriad issues. With successful results, we have helped shape Oregon law and statutory and constitutional analysis, particularly in cases involving claims of professional negligence and hospital and medical liability.

  • “Appellate Advocacy: Mental Preparation: Before, During, and After a Pandemic,” DRI The Voice feature article, July 2021
  • “Improving Oral Advocacy through Mental Preparation,” DRI The Voice feature article, April 2020
  • Chapter 42 “Mandamus” for Oregon Civil Pleading and Litigation, 2020
  • “Reconsidering Medical Expense Write-offs Under White v. Jubitz,” Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Newsletter 2016
  • Co-author, “Seeking Best Practices Among Intermediate Courts of Appeal: A Nascent Journey,” The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, Vol. 9, No. 1, Spring 2007

Keating Jones Hughes, P.C. is respected as a leader among Oregon defense firms. With a focus on litigation, defending medical, healthcare and other professionals, our lawyers bring exceptional trial experience to the courtroom. Hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers throughout Oregon and southwest Washington rely on us to solve their litigation needs and take even the toughest cases to trial. Our signatures communicate excellent legal work and results for our clients.

For over thirty years our lawyers have had a principal role in shaping Oregon law regarding the provision of healthcare and the reach of professional liability.

Our attention is foremost on healthcare and professional liability defense. We have represented physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers in hundreds of trials and other litigated cases. Over the years we have helped shape much of Oregon law relating to hospital and medical defense. Our litigation experience extends to civil rights and complex litigation, premises liability, employment matters, and unfair trade claims.

We also represent hospitals and providers in a wide array of administrative, medical and nursing board, agency, and regulatory matters. We regularly consult on issues involving EMTALA, HIPAA, and other issues related to federal standards and compliance.

We frequently receive appellate referrals from clients and other lawyers who seek our appellate expertise. Professional liability insurers retain us to help other lawyers untangle complicated legal and procedural issues at trial and on appeal. Our professional liability work also includes defending lawyers.