Nancy Black and WhiteNancy Hungerford founded the firm upon her graduation from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1981, after serving as the Human Resources Director for the North Clackamas School District for five years. Nancy practiced as a solepractitioner for 15 years before other family members joined the practice. Nancy built a statewide firm, representing districts of all sizes, from Pine Eagle to Portland. She has represented school districts and community colleges in collective bargaining (more than 350 contracts bargained since 1981), unfair labor practice and other ERB cases, Fair Dismissal cases, labor arbitration, and due process hearings under the IDEA. Nancy continues to practice full-time, in all of these areas. In addition, she authors the Oregon Labor Law Digest newsletter and supplements for Oregon Labor Law Today.  Nancy was selected by her peers to be included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America for her work in the practice area of Education Law.

2b27-89f3-ec7e-e0b4Andrea Hungerford graduated with honors from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and then from Lewis & Clark Law School magna cum laude in 1995. Her decision to join Nancy in practice led to the expansion of the firm and its incorporation as a limited liability partnership. In the next few years, Andrea became one of the state’s best known legal experts on the law regarding the education of students with disabilities, involving herself in legislation and rules development at the state and national level, steering districts clear of litigation, if possible, or representing them in due process hearings or in the State Department complaint process. Andrea is also recognized as a gifted trainer for Oregon administrators and teachers. She has published the quarterly Oregon Special Education Law Update for the past fifteen years. Andrea is admitted to practice before the Oregon State Bar, the Federal District Court of Oregon, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

2b6c-c9e6-59f0-877cRichard Cohn-Lee obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Princeton University and his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. Rich’s prior legal experience includes serving as a judicial clerk for the Honorable David Brewer and Ancer Haggerty and as a litigation attorney with the firm of Stoel Rives. After marrying into the family, Rich joined the law firm as a partner in 1999 with an emphasis on litigation, in state and federal courts, particularly involving student rights and handicapped child law, student discipline, employment matters, school finance and district business operations. Recently, for example, he represented more than 30 eastern Oregon school districts in their defense of claims by the State Dept. of Education for reimbursement of overpayments, and was successful in settling the matter in a multi-party mediation with a favorable result for the districts. Rich is admitted to the Oregon State Bar, the Federal District Court of Oregon, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Brian Black and WhiteBrian Hungerford joined the firm upon his graduation from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1998. Brian’s area of emphasis has been on labor and employment law. He has consistently bargained 10 or more contracts each year, including some of the state’s largest districts such as Gresham-Barlow and Hillsboro as well as many mid-valley districts, including Springfield, Greater Albany, Junction City, Central, Silver Falls, and Chemeketa Community College. Brian represents districts in a variety of arbitrations, ERB and FDAB cases, and advises districts on personnel and labor matters, including dismissal and discipline of employees. Brian clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Ancer Haggerty during law school.

Joel Hungerford is the newest partner of The Hungerford Law Firm. Since joining the firm Joel has specialized in special education law. Joel has represented districts around the state in due process hearings and appeals, including several federal district court appearances, with successful results. Joel also routinely assists districts with internal and external investigations related to special education issues, including handling complaints before the Oregon Department of Education and the Federal Office of Civil Rights. In addition to his special education work, Joel spends a large portion of his time addressing public record requests and state and federal constitutional issues. Joel routinely draws upon his background in alternative dispute resolution to assist school districts in navigating potentially high-friction interactions, such as contentious IEP meetings, mediations, and legal negotiations. Joel obtained his undergraduate (BSBA) and graduate (Masters in Alternative Dispute Resolution) degrees from the University of Denver. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado. Joel is currently admitted to the Oregon State Bar, the Federal District Court of Oregon, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.