Chip Lazenby returns to Multnomah County as County Attorney

November 17, 2010

Chip Lazenby has a long career of Oregon public service. His appointment as Multnomah County Attorney represents a homecoming of sorts.

He spent seven years in the office as an assistance county counsel as a litigator and general counsel. Besides representing the county in federal and state courts, Lazenby helped the county create CareOregon and found a way to finance the remodeling of the Donald Long Juvenile facility avoiding a federal takeover.

Lazenby served as Legal Counsel to Governor John Kitzhaber during the now governor-elect’s first two terms. He assisted the governor with judicial appointments, legal legislative policy and negotiated all the casino gaming compacts with Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes.

He then served as general counsel for the Portland Development Commission for four years. During that time he worked on the South Waterfront developments, the Macy’s-Nine’s Hotel project and helped bring over $500 million in investment equity into Portland through the establishment of the Portland Family of Funds, a public investment bank.

He comes back to Multnomah County after four years of service establishing the first on-campus general counsel office for Portland State University. Lazenby has a AB from Harvard University and a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Oregon.

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