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Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Danielle J. Hunsaker to the Washington County Circuit Court. Ms. Hunsaker will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Suzanne M. Upton. The appointment is effective immediately.

“Danielle Hunsaker will bring a genuine expertise in complex civil litigation to the Washington County bench,” Governor Brown said. “She is known as a brilliant legal mind and a workhorse, qualities that she will put to work bringing justice to one of Oregon's busiest courthouses.”

Ms. Hunsaker is a partner at the Portland law firm Larkins Vacura Kayser LLP, where she has litigated complex civil cases since 2009. She is also an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Law School, where she teaches civil procedure. Ms. Hunsaker previously worked at the law firm Stoel Rives LLP, and has clerked for judges of the Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the federal district court in Oregon. She earned a law degree and a bachelor's degree at the University of Idaho, and an associate's degree at Ricks College.

Ms. Hunsaker is president of the Washington County Bar Association and vice president of the Federal Bar Association's Oregon chapter. She also serves as a board member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society in Oregon, an organization of Mormon lawyers. She has served on professional committees of the Oregon State Bar, Oregon Women Lawyers, and the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, among others.



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