Hillary Taylor is an accomplished appellate lawyer in state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington. Hillary’s practice focuses on professional liability defense. She regularly represents physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation, health law, regulatory compliance (including HIPAA privacy), and legal malpractice defense. Hillary was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for several years and has now been recognized as a Super Lawyer.  She 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.

While in law school, Hillary was the Managing Editor of the Willamette Law Review. After graduating from law school, Hillary clerked for the Honorable Timothy J. Sercombe of the Oregon Court of Appeals. She then worked at another Portland defense firm for joining Keating Jones Hughes in 2012. Hillary became a partner at Keating Jones Hughes, P.C. in 2017.

Hillary has authored a chapter for the Oregon State Bar on Mandamus. She is a frequent speaker at continuing education programs about appellate practice, medical defense, HIPAA, and a variety of topics.

Professional Organizations and Committees

  • Appellate Law Section, Oregon State Bar (Executive Committee, present)
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Health Law Section, Oregon State Bar (Prior member CLE Planning Committee; Prior member, Executive Committee)
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Oregon Women Lawyers (Prior member, Transformation Committee)
  • Multnomah Bar Association (Member, Court Liaison Committee, 2017-present, and Member, Judicial Screening Committee, 2020-present)
  • American Bar Association, Council of Appellate Lawyers
  • American Constitutional Society for Law and Policy
  • Defense Research Institute (Member, Appellate Advocacy Committee, Publications Chair for The Voice)
  • OADC Amicus Committee, Member


  • “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

CLE Presentations

  • Oregon Appellate Case Update, OADC Annual Convention, July 2021
  • Avoiding Malpractice Claims When Filing and Serving a Complaint, OSB Professional Liability Fund, May 2021
  • Oregon Appellate Case Update, OADC Annual Convention, July 2020
  • Recent Developments in Oregon Law: Appellate Update, OSB Health Law Section Annual CLE, October 2020
  • The Remedy Clause post-Busch, OADC, October 2020
  • ORS 41.675 –Oregon’s “Peer Review” Privilege, OSHRM, November 2017
  • Status of ORS 31.710 – Limit on Noneconomic Damages, OADC Fall Seminar, November 2017

Practice Groups


  • Willamette University College of Law, J.D. 2008 (cum laude)
  • Lewis & Clark College, B.A. Political Science, 2004

Bar/Court Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Washington State Bar
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals