Dave Frohnmayer, former University of Oregon President (1994-2009), joined Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. as “of counsel” on September 15, 2009. Frohnmayer’s practice includes select engagements in legal matters, public policy, leadership, organizational development, and strategic consultation.
As an of counsel attorney and consultant at Harrang Long, Frohnmayer reunites with several colleagues from his three terms (1981-1991) as Oregon Attorney General. As attorney general, he argued and won six of seven cases before the United States Supreme Court, the most cases and best record of any contemporary state attorney general. His prior public service also includes three terms in the Oregon House of Representatives, legal adviser to the UO president and dean of the UO law school.
- Martindale-Hubbell – AV® Preeminent™ rating, 5 out of 5
- Delta Upsilon International Fraternity - James B. Conant Award of Merit in Education, 2013
- Oregon Governors – Gold Award (selected by all living OR Governors), 2009
- Oregon State Bar – Award of Merit (highest professional award of OSBar), 2009
- Classroom Law Project – Jonathan U. Newman Legal Citizen of the Year Award, 2005
- American Jewish Community – Judge Learned Hand Lifetime Achievement Award, 2004
- University of Oregon, School of Law – First Annual Award for Public Service (thereafter “Frohnmayer Award”), 2002
- University of California at Berkeley, School of Law - Citation Award, Alumnus of the Year, 1999
- National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) – Wyman Award for Outstanding Attorney General, 1987
Dave is admitted to the Oregon State Bar and also the Oregon Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Dave is a member of the American Bar Association, Lane County Bar Association, the Oregon District Attorneys Association, and the Society of Attorneys General Emeritus Network (SAGE). He is a past member and former president of the National Association of Attorneys General, and past member and chairman of the Conference of Western Attorneys General. In 2015, Dave was admitted to the bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is also an inactive member of the California State Bar.
Dave and his wife Lynn are founders of the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, Inc. He is a founding director of the National Marrow Donor Program and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is currently a director for Yecuris Corporation, an Oregon biotechnology start-up. Dave previously served as director of the Ford Family Foundation and the Umpqua Holdings Company.
Frohnmayer was designated UO President Emeritus by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education in July 2009 and teaches courses on leadership in the Clark Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon. He also teaches public law courses at the School of Law where he is a professor. Most recently, he was named to the board of directors for the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, where he also serves on the executive committee for The Lincoln Project.
Frohnmayer graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1962. He then attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1967.
- Service as advisor to Boards with Fanconi Anemia Research Fund and Ford Family Foundation (Present)
- Fundraising for University of Oregon and many other organizations (Present)
- Speaker at the 2014 Pacific Program on Leadership in Theory and Practicing Strategic Thinking for Executives (October 2, 2014)
- Prepared a co-authored monograph on “Teaching Leadership Theory” (2013)
- Designated as Special Counsel to the Deschutes County Commission to investigate legal ethics issues; and separately joined in filing a major legal ethics challenge to the professional conduct of a senior official in the Oregon Department of Justice (2011)
- Served as a member of the Rail Funding Task Force of the Oregon Department of Transportation (2011)
- Invited speaker at Pacific Program sponsored by the Luke Center for Catalytic Leadership – “Catalytic Leaders Think and Act Strategically—Executives” (2011, 2012, 2013)
- Participant on Law School panel “12 Angry Men” (September 13, 2011)
- Made a presentation on higher education administration and issues to a visiting delegation of Chinese university officials (July 27, 2011)
- Presented at seminar on leadership practices to the Oregon Association of Building officials (July 21, 2011)
- Facilitated the strategic planning retreat of a major regional corporation (July 20, 2011)
- Keynote speaker for the 2011 Oregon Ethics in Business awards; South Medford High School Commencement; Annual Banquet of the Oregon Law Review; Annual banquet of the California Law Review and recipient of “Alumnus of the Year” (2011)
- Delivered the Inaugural Lecture of the Southwest Oregon Community College Foundation, speaking to the leadership theories of Nicolo Machiavelli, Friedrich Nietzsche and Max Weber (May 6, 2011)
- Member of team conducting a site review of the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia (April 26-27, 2011)
- Keynote speaker at Southern Oregon Business Conference in Medford (January 26, 2011)
- Selected to Washington D.C. focus group on research university finance and administration sponsored by the National Academies Committee on Research Universities (November 22, 2010)
- Speaker at a seminar in Saudi Arabia for the Rectors of public universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (November 1-4, 2010)
- Keynote speaker at the Cardozo Law School symposium marking the twentieth anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Employment Division v. Smith (II) — “the peyote case” (October 6, 2010)
- Speaker on “Ethics and Appellate Advocacy” at the State Solicitors & Appellate Chiefs Conference, NAAG Annual Summer Meeting, Seattle, WA (June 17, 2010)