Phone: (541) 682-4110
Judge Karsten H. Rasmussen, Presiding Judge
Karsten H. Rasmussen has been a judge with the Lane County Circuit Court since 1999 and Presiding Judge since 2012. Previously, Judge Rasmussen was the Courts Civil Motions Judge, hearing hundreds of civil motions including dispositive motions for summary judgment and motions filed pursuant to ORCP 21. Judge Rasmussen graduated with a B.A. from the University of Oregon in 1978, Phi Beta Kappa, MA University of Chicago with honors 1980, and a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1983. He has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 1983 and was a member of the Oregon State Senate from 1993 to 1995. Currently Judge Rasmussen chairs the Chief Justices Work Group on Statewide Commercial Courts, as well as the Chief Justices Court Re-Engineering and Efficiencies Workgroup. He is a member of the statewide managing panel for the Oregon Complex Litigation Court and co-creator and member of the 2nd Judicial District Commercial Court. Judge Rasmussen is a past president of the Oregon Circuit Court Judges Association. He has adjudicated complex commercial matters in; personal injury, medical malpractice, land use, Indian gaming, mold, business, employment, and construction cases. He has held over 750 formal mediations where parties reached a successful resolution, including multi-million dollar settlements in major neonatal medical malpractice claims, products liability cases, and personal injury claims. Prior to joining the Circuit Court, he practiced civil litigation for 16 years throughout Oregon. In addition to his many other duties, Judge Rasmussen teaches Oregon Civil Procedure and a legal history course at the University of Oregon School of Law.