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Lane County Circuit Court Judges

Judge Charles D. Carlson (541) 682-4257
Judge Charles Carlson was appointed to the bench in August 2002. He began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in 1980. In 1982 he entered private practice as an associate and then as a partner in the civil litigation law firm of Brown, Roseta, Long, McConville, Kilcullen & Carlson where his practice emphasis included forest fire, construction, product and legal malpractice cases. Judge Carlson is a former president of the Lane County Bar Association. In addition to his general trial assignment, he is the Court’s Civil Motion Judge, a member of the Ex Parte team, the Rules of Court Judge, and a member of both the 2nd Judicial District Commercial Court and the Oregon Complex Litigation Court. Judge Carlson is generally available for settlement conferences in civil, domestic relations and criminal cases on Monday afternoons.
 
Judge Suzanne Chanti (541) 682-4254
Judge Chanti joined the bench in February of 2010. She graduated law school in 1988 and worked her entire career for various renditions of the same firm, Walters, Romm, Chanti & Dickens. Judge Chanti's law career focused primarily on representing people in litigation with an emphasis on civil rights and employment law. She also represented select businesses and several small municipalities. As a lawyer she served two terms on the Oregon Disabilities Commission, appointed by Governors Roberts and Kitzhaber, served as a member and chair elect of the Oregon Professional Liability Fund Board of Directors and was a frequent CLE speaker on issues relating to civil litigation, employment law and civil rights.  During her time on the bench, Judge Chanti has been committed to the development of treatment courts as an alternative method of reducing criminal recidivism. She has presided over Lane County's adult drug, juvenile drug, and veterans treatment courts. She is an active member of the Oregon Association of Drug Court Professionals and serves as its Vice President. Judge Chanti is currently assigned to the Lane County Circuit Court's civil team, handling ex-parte, civil motions and small claims dockets. She presides over all manner of civil and criminal trials and welcomes the opportunity to assist parties in settlement conferences.
Judge Curt Conover (541) 682-6289
Judge Conover was appointed to the Lane County bench in 2011 by Governor John Kitzhaber. Prior to his appointment, Judge Conover practiced both criminal and civil litigation throughout the state of Oregon for 23 years. Judge Conover has lived in Oregon since 1985 after graduating from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo where he received a degree in Natural Resource Management. He graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, in 1988 and began his legal career in Marion County District Attorney's office. He moved to Eugene where he was a prosecutor in Lane County and then left to begin his civil law career with the Eugene law firm of Jaqua & Wheatley, PC. For the past thirteen years, he worked in insurance defense with cases in many of Oregon's counties and sat pro-tem in both the Florence and Cottage Grove municipal courts.
  
Judge Lauren Holland (541) 682-4415
Judge Holland was elected to the Lane County bench in 1992. In addition to hearing civil and criminal cases, she is the Lane County Probate Judge and a member of the Lane County Commercial Court where she presides over complex civil litigation cases. Judge HOlland is a member of theNational College of Probate Judges, the Task Force on Protective Proceedings, and the Oregon Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardian Stakeholders. She serves on the Board of the Oregon Association of Family and Conciliation courts and is a member of the Lane County Mediation Commission.
 
Judge Mustafa Kasubhai (541) 682-4256
Appointed to the bench by Governor Kulongoski in 2007, Judge Kasubhai previously worked as an active civil trial litigator specializing in tort litigation and worker compensation. In 2003, the governor nominated him to serve on the Workers’ Compensation Board, where his opinions of workplace injury litigation are published and available to the public. Currently Judge Kasubhai serves as a commissioner on the Oregon law Commission and is a member of the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners. Currently Judge Kasubhai is assigned to the show cause docket, as well as settlement conferences and general trial assignment.
 
Judge Valeri Love (541) 682-4753
Beginning her legal career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Darryl L. Larson in 1995, Judge Love returned to the Circuit Court to serve on the bench in 2011 by appointment. Prior to her service with the court, she worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the Lane County District Attorney’s Office where she primarily handled domestic violence and financial fraud cases. Throughout her career, Judge Love has been involved with numerous organizations and activities including the Lane County Bar Association, Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and Oregon Women lawyers. Judge Love currently serves as the Juvenile Court Judge.
 
Judge Jay McAlpin (541) 682-4753
Judge McAlpin was appointed to the Circuit Court in 2012. After graduating from law school, Judge McAlpin worked as a law clerk in Lane County Circuit Court, a prosecutor in the Lane County District Attorney’s Office and as a civil defense attorney. He has tried numerous cases to juries in various counties throughout Oregon. Judge McAlpin currently handles Juvenile matters.
 
 
Judge Karrie K. McIntyre (541) 682-4218
Judge Karrie McIntyre was appointed to the bench in May 2015. Prior to her appointment, she practiced for over 15 years in both criminal and domestic relations law. Judge McIntyre attended Oregon State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and graduated from University of Oregon Law School in 1998. She currently serves as chair to the Lane County Family Law Advisory Committee, and also serves as a committee member on the State Family Law Advisory Committee. Judge McIntyre hears matters assigned to her from the general trial call docket, facilitates settlement conferences and handles her current assignment on the Civil Team.
 
 
Judge Maurice Merten (541) 682-4258
Lane County's longest sitting Circuit Court judge, Judge Merten has served since 1975. He was a federal prosecutor handling organized crime cases before returning to Oregon to be the Chief Trial Deputy in the Lane County District Attorney's Office. Judge Merten is widely respected as a trial judge. He has been active for many years in new lawyer education programs for local attorneys. In addition to his general trial assignment, Judge Merten hears mental commitment proceedings and adoption matters and is also on the criminal team.
 
Judge Josephine Mooney (541) 682-3601
Judge Mooney was appointed to the Bench in 2011. She was a civil defense lawyer for 17 years followed by 7 years working within a Regional Health & Hospital System. Judge Mooney currently serves on the Executive Board of the OSB Litigation Section where she helped create and currently manages its "Judges Corner" webpage. She is also a member of the Executive Board of the Oregon Circuit Court Judges Association. Judge Mooney hears all matters assigned to her.
 
Judge Karsten H. Rasmussen, Presiding Judge (541) 682-4253
Karsten H. Rasmussen has been a judge with the Lane County Circuit Court since 1999 and Presiding Judge since 2012. Judge Rasmussen graduated with a B.A. from the University of Oregon in 1978, Phi Beta Kappa, MA University of Chicago with honors 1980, and a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1983.  He has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 1983 and was a member of the Oregon State Senate from 1993 to 1995.Judge Rasmussen currently chairs the Chief Justice’s Court Re-Engineering and Efficiencies Workgroup. He is a member of the statewide managing panel for the Oregon Complex Litigation Court and co-creator and member of the 2nd Judicial District Commercial Court. He has adjudicated complex commercial matters in; personal injury, medical malpractice, land use, Indian gaming, mold, business, employment, and construction cases. He has held over 800 formal mediations including multi-million dollar settlements in major neonatal medical malpractice claims, products liability cases, and personal injury claims. Prior to joining the Circuit Court, he practiced civil litigation for 16 years throughout Oregon. Judge Rasmussen teaches Oregon Civil Procedure and a legal history course at the University of Oregon School of Law.
Judge Clara L. Rigmaiden (541) 682-4250
Judge Clara Rigmaiden was appointed to the bench in September, 2013.  She graduated from Boise State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication/Secondary Education and from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1998.  She began her legal career in Coos County for two years, first as a family law attorney and then at Southwest Public Defenders' Office.  She then moved back to Eugene and worked for Public Defender Services of Lane County for over 12 years, representing adults in every type of criminal case.  She has served on the board of directors for the Cascade Raptor Center for many years and has volunteered for a several other local nonprofits.  Judge Rigmaiden is assigned to the Show Cause docket and the Landlord/Tenant docket, as well as any civil or criminal cases assigned to her.
 
Judge Ilisa Rooke-Ley (541) 682-4300
Prior to her appointment and subsequent election to the bench in 2010, Judge Rooke-Ley served as a criminal defense lawyer for sixteen years. She worked as a lawyer for Public Defender Services of Lane County in Eugene for 14 years, representing adult criminal defendants, children in delinquency cases, and parties in dependency cases. She also worked at the Law Offices of Terri Wood in Eugene, and has served as a public defender in Miami, Florida. She currently serves on the board of directors for Relief Nursery and Sponsors, Inc., and has served on the board for a number of other local nonprofits, including Lane County Legal Aid, Eugene Human Rights Commission, and the Lane County Public Safety Coordinating Council. She earned her law degree from Nova Southeastern University Law School and her bachelor's degree from William Smith College.
 
Judge Debra K. Vogt (541) 682-4027
Judge Vogt was elected to the bench in November 2006. Judge Vogt graduated from Oregon State University with a philosophy degree before attending law school at Willamette University College of Law, graduating in 1994. After law school, Judge Vogt served as a judicial clerk before beginning her career with the Lane County District Attorney's office, where she spent over a decade as a Lane County Deputy District Attorney. In the DA's office, Judge Vogt handled every type and level of criminal prosecution, ending her career there as a member of the Major Crimes Division, focusing on the prosecution of major violent felonies and child sexual abuse. Judge Vogt is a past board member of the Lane County Bar Association as well as the Child Advocacy Center of Lane County (now known as "Kids' FIRST"). Judge Vogt is a recipient of the Oregon State Bar President's Public Service Award. Judge Vogt currently serves as a member of the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability In addition to her general trial assignment, Judge Vogt is the Court's Chief Criminal Judge.
 
Judge Charles M. Zennaché (541) 682-4259
Judge Zennaché graduated from the University of Connecticut (B.S. 1983) and the University of Oregon School of Law (J.D. 1988, Order of the Coif).  He joined the bench in December 2007 after a 19-year legal career in Lane County. During his career, he practiced in a variety of areas, including municipal prosecution, municipal law, commercial litigation, commercial bankruptcy, civil rights, employment law and family law. He served on the executive committees of the Family Law Section and Debtor-Creditor Section of the Oregon State Bar. He also served as a member of Council on Court Procedure and now in a serves on the Uniform Trial Court Rules Committee. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of legal topics and has been the criminal procedure instructor at OJD’s new judges program. He has served in leadership roles in several community organizations and currently serves on the board of the McKenzie River Trust. In addition to handling general trial assignments, Judge Zennaché serves on the criminal team.