(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of Christopher L. Garrett to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals created by the retirement of the Honorable David Schuman. Judge Schuman’s retirement is effective February 1, 2014. The Governor thanked Judge Schuman for his many years of distinguished service to the people of Oregon.
“Chris Garrett has been a vocal and effective advocate for the rule of law and the vitality of Oregon’s courts,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “He has earned the respect of people from all walks of life for his intellect and ability to find common ground among divergent views. As he joins one of the hardest working appellate courts in the nation, I am confident that he will not lose sight of the pivotal role the law has as it shapes the lives of all Oregonians.”
Mr. Garrett received his Bachelor of Arts from Reed College and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School. After graduating from law school, he worked as an attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dennis Jacobs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit before returning to Oregon in 2002. Since his return, he has worked as a business litigator at Perkins Coie LLP with an emphasis in antitrust, employment, trade secret actions, and election and political law. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Garrett has served in the Oregon State House of Representatives since 2009. During his legislative service, Mr. Garrett has held a number of leadership roles including serving as Speaker Pro Tempore, Chair of the House Committee on Rules, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety, Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Judiciary, Co-Chair of the House Committee on Redistricting, and as a member of the Joint Interim Committee on Justice System Revenues. In addition to his legislative service, Mr. Garrett has participated in a number of community and volunteer organizations including serving on the board of the Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger and as a volunteer with the Classroom Law Project.
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324