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Craig Watson 

General Counsel

 

Veteran legal counsel

Craig has served the Port both as Senior Port Counsel and General Counsel for over twenty-five years and has provided his distinctive brand of advice and counsel to wide variety of Port departments and individuals as the Port has evolved over the years. As the General Counsel for the Port, Craig provides legal advice on a wide range of issues to the Port Commission, executive departments, and operating divisions.

Experienced practicing attorney

Prior to coming to the port in 1990, Craig was a litigator in private practice with the law firm of Bullivant Houser Bailey in Seattle and has over thirty years of experience as a practicing attorney. At Bullivant, he was lead defense attorney on numerous civil rights, employment, commercial litigation, and personal injury matters through the trial and appeal process. He began working for Bullivant after serving for two years as a law clerk at the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Skilled leader of legal teams

Craig also supervises the port’s seven in-house attorneys and their support staff, handling real estate and land use, contract, construction, municipal law and environmental issues. Craig specializes in labor and employment matters. In addition, much of the Port’s litigation is handled by outside counsel and Craig is responsible for the selection and oversight of these attorneys. Craig also serves as the Port’s Chief Compliance Officer overseeing the development and application of the Port’s Code of Conduct. Last but not least, Craig is responsible for the Port’s public disclosure obligations under state and federal law.

Commitment to public service

As one of the longest tenured members of the Port’s executive staff, Craig has demonstrated his commitment to the Port and public service in word and deed. He is engaged in the Port’s continuous improvement and has leveraged new and innovative technologies with an eye toward improving customer service and delivering outstanding results as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

Education

Willamette University College of Law, JD 1983
University of California at Berkeley, BA History 1977