James M. Brown

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James M. Brown
11th Attorney General of Oregon
In office
March 24, 1980 – January 4, 1981
GovernorVictor Atiyeh
Preceded byJames A. Redden
Succeeded byDavid B. Frohnmayer
Personal details
Born (1941-12-09) December 9, 1941 (age 77)
St. Paul, Minnesota
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Lisa M. LeSage

James M. Brown (born December 9, 1941) is a trial attorney in private practice in Salem, Oregon, who served as Oregon Attorney General from 1980 to 1981. He is a Democrat.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Brown attended American University before graduating Willamette University magna cum laude with a B.A. in 1964, and Yale Law School with an LL.B. in 1967, being admitted to the Oregon bar the same year.

He served as a Deputy District Attorney from 1970 to 1972, and as District Attorney from 1972 to 1977, in Benton County, Oregon. He was Counsel to the Governor of Oregon (1977–1979) and Assistant Attorney General (1979–1980), before being appointed as state Attorney General in 1980.


  • "Private Practice Lawyer Profile for James M. Brown". Lawyer Locator. New Providence, New Jersey: Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell. 2006. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2006-12-14.
  • "Oregon Department of Justice - Agency History" (pdf). Oregon Secretary of State. 2007. Retrieved 2006-12-09.
Legal offices
Preceded by
James Redden
Oregon Attorney General
1980 – 1981
Succeeded by
David B. Frohnmayer