Hornecker Cowling LLP traces its origins to 1924, when Yale Law graduate Frank Farrell ventured west and opened his law practice on Oakdale Avenue in Medford.  In 1950, WWII veteran and newly-minted attorney Kent Blackhurst joined Farrell.  Upon graduation from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1958, Greg Hornecker partnered with Farrell and Blackhurst.  The firm grew again with the addition of  Stanford graduate and former law professor John Hassen.  At that point, the firm was known as Blackhurst Hornecker.

In 1999, Blackhurst Hornecker merged with Cowling & Heysell.  Cowling & Heysell was the premier litigation firm in Southern Oregon, and the merger complemented Blackhurst Hornecker’s robust transactional practice.  The new firm’s name was Hornecker, Cowling, Hassen, & Heysell, LLP.  The firm name has since been shortened to Hornecker Cowling LLP.  

As the largest private law firm in Southern Oregon, Hornecker Cowling LLP continues to provide individual and corporate clients with a wide range of legal services.  


Hornecker Cowling is committed to supporting Southern Oregon above and beyond providing experienced, confident legal services. We are a member of The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County. We sponsor children and families in medical need through our long-standing relationship with Sparrow Clubs. And we have partners involved in a number of community organizations, including Medford Rogue Rotary Club, United Way of Jackson County, and the ARC of Jackson County.

Hornecker Cowling.

Gregory T. Hornecker

Greg Hornecker had an active and distinguished legal practice of over 40 years. He brought extensive knowledge and experience to the handling of all manner of real estate, business, and estate planning matters. On behalf of his clients, he served as lead counsel in many complex and significant business and real estate transactions. He was known for his practical, common-sense solutions, his relaxed informality, and his never-ending focus on reaching the result the client desired.

Greg was active in the local community and state Bar matters, including serving on the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners. Greg passed away in 2009.

Robert L. Cowling

Bob Cowling’s litigation career spanned five decades. He was best known for his sharp analysis and calm and controlled courtroom demeanor while vigorously defending medical malpractice claims.

Bob is an Oregon native, having grown up along the Columbia River. After earning both his bachelor’s degree and his law degree at the University of Oregon, he moved to Medford in 1965 and began a distinguished civil litigation career primarily focused on the representation of doctors, hospitals, attorneys, accountants and other professionals. In 1980, Bob became one of the founding partners of Cowling & Heysell, one of the two firms that later merged to form Hornecker, Cowling, Hassen & Heysell, LLP.

Bob and his wife, Jean, are both active in the community. Bob is an avid outdoorsman and private pilot. He retired from active membership in the Oregon State Bar in 2014, becoming a pro bono member.