Judge Chris MarshallMultnomah County Circuit Court Judge Chris Marshall
Judge Marshall's energetic, conscientious and positive approach to his judicial duties is evident in the courtroom. He brings a fresh outlook as he diligently addresses matters that come before him.
Judge Marshall started life on the east coast as one of seven children. He is the third oldest of his siblings and he quipped that when he was born, his parents were "tired out, but not worn out." He was in the eighth grade when he moved to Oregon. He attended and graduated from Lake Ridge High School in Lake Oswego. While in high school he was active on the school's gymnastics and tennis teams. He also served in student government and was class president.
Like all his brothers and sisters, Judge Marshall attended OSU. Because he enjoyed college so much, rather than graduate "early," he decided to "complete" the remainder of his senior year and to graduate with a double major, in business as well as in psychology.
Following his graduation from college, Judge Marshall "took a year off" and worked for a construction company involved in building the I-205 Bridge. Ultimately, he decided he would pursue a career in law.
Judge Marshall attended Willamette Law School and graduated in 1985. Following his first year of law school, he served as a law clerk with the US Court of Military Review in Falls Church, Virginia. He also worked as a law clerk for the Oregon Department of Justice, Appellate Division, following his second year of law school. While in his final year of law school, Judge Marshall served as a teaching assistant for the law school's legal research and writing program. After graduating from law school, he served for two years as a judicial clerk for US Magistrate Judge in Seattle , Washington . He then worked for six years as an attorney with the Miller Nash law firm in its Portland office. From 1993 until becoming a judge, he worked as an attorney and partner at the Lane Powell law firm, also in its Portland office.
Before joining the bench, his law practice emphasized civil litigation and dispute resolution concerning real estate, construction and commercial matters. In recent years, he had developed a highly respected practice as a mediator and arbitrator.
During his years in private practice, Judge Marshall was very active in state and county bar organizations and he extensively volunteered his time. He noted that one of his most satisfying experiences was his service on the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners, which he at one point chaired. He broadened his practice experience by volunteering at pro bono legal clinics, including St. Andrews Legal Clinic.
Judge Marshall said he views it as an honor to serve as judge, not simply as a job. He is guided by the realization that he has been elected to perform a public service and he explained that his "judicial philosophy" is continuing to evolve.
Originally authored by Randy Arthur and printed in the March 2007 Multnomah Lawyer
Updated for the Internet in 2012