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About the Office of General Counsel



David C. Reese, General Counsel
Phone: 503-725-2655


David Reese is the University General Counsel and is responsible for all legal advice provided to the University and for the management of outside counsel. David has been Portland State University’s General Counsel since January 2011. David became PSU’s first Assistant General Counsel in 2007. Prior to coming to PSU, David served as the General Counsel to Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and also worked as an attorney at Stoel Rives LLP in Portland and Bodman LLC in Detroit. David is a native of Michigan. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from Wayne State University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan. He is currently a member of the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners.



Michael Grieser, Assistant General Counsel
Phone: 503-725-2648


Michael Grieser is primarily responsible for business and transactional legal issues for the University. He works closely with Finance and Administration, Purchasing and Contracting, Facilities and Planning and similar units across campus. Michael has been an Assistant General Counsel at Portland State University since October 2011. Prior to joining PSU, Michael served as a Deputy General Counsel for TriMet and an Assistant General Counsel for the Portland Development Commission. Michael earned a B.A. in Philosophy with Honors from Seattle University and a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School.



P.K. Runkles-Pearson, Assistant General Counsel
Phone: 503-725- 2654


P.K. Runkles-Pearson provides legal support to the Offices of Human Resources and Student Affairs. P.K. has been an Assistant General Counsel at Portland State University since June 2012. Before joining PSU, P.K. worked at Stoel Rives LLP in Portland and Bryan Cave LLP in New York City. P.K. served as law clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Balmer of the Oregon Supreme Court. She earned a BA from Pacific University and a JD from New York University School of Law, where she was Executive Editor of the Law Review.



Lorrie Baker, Paralegal
Phone: 503-725-8050


Lorrie Baker is a paralegal and serves as the University’s Public Records Officer. She is also the person to contact if you receive a summons, complaint, subpoena or other legal document directed to the University. Lorrie brings a range of experience to her Paralegal position at PSU, having worked in a variety of legal positions in both the public and private sectors. After obtaining her paralegal certification, she worked first for the Oregon State Bar, and then as a paralegal for Elliott & Park, a Portland litigation firm.  Lorrie then spent eight years as a Civil Rights Investigator with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. Before coming to PSU, she worked as the employment paralegal for Knowledge Universe, a national childcare company. Lorrie earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Portland State University.



Annie Kirk, Executive Assistant
Phone: 503-725-2656


Annie has over 25 years’ experience as a Legal Assistant both in the public and private sectors. After attending Business School, where she obtained a Legal Assistant/Assistant Accountant degree, she worked in the private sector before moving to the Department of Justice, Governor’s Office and Portland Development Commission. She has been with Portland State University since 2006.


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