Philosophy Statement

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) serves as a key resource to Oregon State University, as we provide legal advice on all manner of issues facing this large, complex organization.

In providing legal advice, we add value by crafting creative and pragmatic solutions, fostering critical analysis, and facilitating resolution towards common goals across a spectrum of needs and viewpoints. Our attorneys bring a high level of knowledge, judgment and common sense to every issue on which we advise, and our advice is contextualized and specific to OSU’s needs. To be effective advocates and advisors, we take a genuine interest in and ensure understanding of OSU’s history, culture, current activities, challenges and goals.

We are guided by a strong commitment to impeccable ethics and integrity as well as demonstrating respect, collaboration and inclusivity. Building and maintaining relationships across OSU is paramount to our ability to provide excellent service. OGC is just one part of a large and multi-faceted team at OSU, and our attorneys respect the expertise, judgment and business decisions of OSU leaders. It is imperative that we are partners, advisors, and problem-solvers.

Although OGC is a fast-paced and often high-pressure environment that calls for a level of professional autonomy in each employee, our attorneys, paralegals and assistants work together to strive to provide the university with seamless service and to support and guide each other collaboratively. The principle of teamwork that is integral to the relationships with constituents outside the office is evidenced in our working relationships within OGC.