Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today named Dustin Buehler as her Deputy General Counsel. Mr. Buehler, a seventh-generation Oregonian who works as an appellate lawyer at the Oregon Department of Justice, will report to General Counsel Misha Isaak and join him in representing and advising the Governor's Office. Governor Brown's legal team also includes Government Accountability Attorney Emily Matasar.
“Dustin Buehler brings the experience of a business litigator, a law professor, and a public-law appellate specialist to my office,” Governor Brown said. “Dustin's work in law and state government are good preparation for the wide-ranging portfolio of my legal team — from compliance with ethics, employment, and public records laws to tribal affairs.”
At the Oregon Department of Justice, Mr. Buehler has represented the State in both civil and criminal appeals. Before returning to Oregon, Mr. Buehler was a law professor at the University of Arkansas, where he earned tenure, was named Professor of the Year three years in a row, and received one of the university's highest teaching awards in 2015. Prior to teaching, Mr. Buehler worked as a litigation attorney at the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle. He clerked for Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, completed law school at the University of Washington, and attended college at Willamette University.
Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Buehler worked as a legislative assistant in the Oregon Legislature and as an outreach coordinator for the Oregon House Democratic Caucus Office. Mr. Buehler serves on committees for the Portland City Club and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters.
Mr. Buehler will begin work in the Governor's Office on December 1.