Cindy J. Starke

General Counsel and Secretary to the Board

Cindy provides advice and assistance on a wide range of legal issues for the University, including student affairs, employment, litigation management, policy development and compliance. She has represented Oregon public universities since 2009, and joined PSU in April 2014. Cindy previously served as assistant general counsel to the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, and now serves as a judge on the Warm Springs Court of Appeals. Cindy earned her B.A. in English from the University of Maryland and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as co-chair of the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA). She is currently on the board of the Oregon Law Foundation and the Secretary of the Oregon State Bar’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

Phone: 503-725-2639

Michael J. Grieser

Assistant General Counsel

Michael 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.

Phone: 503-725-2648

Krista S. Stearns

Assistant General Counsel

Phone: 503-725-2654
Krista handles a variety of legal matters for the university, including records requests and retention issues, government ethics, policy development, litigation, and transactional matters for the University. Krista joined the PSU in September of 2014. Previously, Krista was the City Attorney for the City of Kenai, Alaska.  She also served as a state assistant attorney general and worked as an attorney at Boyd, Chandler & Falconer, LLP in Anchorage providing day-to-day legal advice and litigation services to municipalities and small business clients.  Krista graduated with honors from Illinois Wesleyan University and earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota. She is currently admitted to practice law in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Jeremy S. Healey

Assistant General Counsel

Jeremy advises on a variety of legal issues for the university, including student affairs, employment, litigation management, records requests and retention issues, government ethics, athletics, policy development and compliance matters. Jeremy has represented Oregon public universities since 2013, and joined Portland State University’s Office of the General Counsel in November 2019. Prior to joining PSU, Jeremy served as an Associate General Counsel for Oregon State University, and as an attorney at Lane Powell PC, where he focused on labor, employment, civil litigation and education law for a variety of public and private employers. Jeremy earned a B.A. in economics from Claremont McKenna College, and a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Phone: 503-725-2655

Caitlyn Phipps

Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees & Public Records Officer

Caitlyn is the Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees and Public Records Officer for Portland State University and has been with the Office of General Counsel since October 2019. Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, Caitlyn worked in multiple positions in the Office of the President at PSU since starting in August of 2018. Caitlyn earned her BSc in Chemistry from Wingate University and her MSc in Chemistry from Western Carolina University .

Phone: 503-725-8050

General Counsel Staff