Governor Kate Brown has announced she will appoint Cody Weston to the Clackamas County Circuit Court to fill the vacancy created by long-serving Judge Douglas Van Dyk’s retirement back in March.
“Cody Weston brings an incredible depth of experience in both public service and private practice, and I am pleased to appoint him to join the Clackamas County bench,” Brown said in a press release.
Weston is currently a partner leading the corporate litigation division for the firm Perkins Coie. His focus is on business litigation in federal and state courts, as well as in alternative dispute venues, according to the firm’s website.
A Dallas, Ore., native, Weston earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1991, before joining the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry officer and platoon commander.
While in the Marines, Weston obtained his law degree from the University of Oregon and began his service as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) prosecutor handling hundreds of federal courts-martial, and then as a staff judge advocate advising active Marines on a wide variety of civil legal issues, including family law, consumer law, wills, and trusts.
He authored and co-authored a number of publications about military justice and other military legal issues. After an honorable discharge from the Marines in 2004, Weston returned to Oregon with his family and settled in Clackamas County, where he joined Perkins Coie.
In addition to his expertise in commercial civil litigation, Weston has been recognized for his pro bono work on various cases, including that of Ilkham Turdbyavich Batayev, an extrajudicial detainee at Guantanamo Bay who was released to Kazakhstan in 2006.
Weston’s other experience includes consumer lending law, intellectual property, business tort, contract, construction, real estate and employment law.
Weston’s appointment is effective immediately, Brown said.
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