ORS 180.235¹
Authority of agency to employ counsel
  • qualification and salary
  • status

(1) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, whenever the Attorney General concludes that it is inappropriate and contrary to the public interest for the office of the Attorney General to concurrently represent more than one public officer or agency in a particular matter or class of matters in circumstances which would create or tend to create a conflict of interest on the part of the Attorney General, the Attorney General may authorize one or both of such officers or agencies to employ its own general or special counsel in the particular matter or class of matters and in related matters. Such authorization may be terminated by the Attorney General whenever the Attorney General determines that separate representation is no longer appropriate.

(2) Any counsel so employed shall be a member of the Oregon State Bar and shall be paid a salary or other compensation out of the funds appropriated to such officer or agency.

(3) In any matter in which the Attorney General has authorized employment of such counsel, any references to representation of such officer or agency by the Attorney General contained in any provision of law shall be deemed to refer to such counsel. [1971 c.418 §8]

Chapter 180

Notes of Decisions

State Accident Insurance Fund Corpora­tion is subject to the pro­vi­sions of this chapter relating to legal representa­tion. Frohnmayer v. SAIF, 61 Or App 147, 655 P2d 1098 (1982), aff'd 294 Or 570, 660 P2d 1061 (1983)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Legal business of Oregon Medical Insurance Pool is not part of state's legal affairs and Attorney General may not provide advice or legal assistance to pool or its board of directors except at request of state of­fi­cer or agency, (1989) Vol 46, p 155

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 180—Attorney General; Department of Justice, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­180.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 180, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­180ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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