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Judge Michael Wynhausen


Judge Michael Wynhausen has lived almost his entire life in the Northwest.  After graduating from Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon in 1988, he spent a year and a half at the University of Oregon before transferring to Santa Clara University in 1990.  In 1993 he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and later that same year entered the University of Oregon, School of Law. 

While in law school, he worked from 1995 to 1996 as a certified law student in the Lane County District Attorney's Office.  Judge Wynhausen graduated with his Doctor of Jurisprudence and a certification in the practice of criminal law in 1996 and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in September of that same year. 

Judge Wynhausen's first job after graduation led him to La Grande, Oregon as a Deputy District Attorney in Union County.  Approximately a year later in 1997, he came to work for Jason Carlile as a Linn County Deputy District Attorney.  During this time, he began working with the Oregon District Attorney's Association Legislative Committee and continued to work with them almost every legislative session since until his election in 2018. 

In 1999, he left the Linn County District Attorney's Office to join the District Attorney's office in Benton County.  During his tenure there, Judge Wynhausen was invited to teach at the National District Attorney's Association Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.  After 6 years in Benton County, he returned to Linn County where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney until his election to the Linn County Circuit Court in November of 2018.

Judge Wynhausen assumed the position of Circuit Court Judge for the 23rd Judicial District on January 7, 2019.

Judge Wynhausen has also served as the Vice President of Linn/Benton Bar Association, an executive member on the board of Directors of the ABC House in Albany, President of the Albany Kiwanis Club and is currently a coach for the Oregon State University Boxing Club team.

Note: No document can be "filed" officially with the court by emailing or faxing it to a judge or member of a judge's staff.

To Contact Judge Wynhausen:

Please do not send emails to Judge Wynhausen directly. Emails to the judge should be sent to his judicial assistant Jessie at
(541) 812 - 8767. Any email sent must clearly show that copies were simultaneously sent to all other litigants or their lawyers or it cannot be read by Judge Wynhausen.