John A. Wittmayer
|John A. Wittmayer|
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|Current Court Information:|
|Multnomah County Circuit Court, Oregon|
|Appointed by:||Gov. John Kitzhaber|
|Past post:||District judge, Multnomah County|
|Past chief 2:||Pro tempore circuit judge, Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties|
|Past term 2:||1992-1996|
|Undergraduate:||Portland State University, 1969|
|Law School:||Lewis & Clark Law School, 1973|
|Military service:||Army National Guard and Army Reserves|
|Candidate for:||Circuit Court, 4th District|
|Election information 2014:|
John A. Wittmayer is a judge for the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Oregon. The court has jurisdiction over Multnomah County and is located within the 4th Judicial District. Wittmayer was appointed to the district court bench by Governor John Kitzhaber and was subsequently elected in 1996. In 1998, when the district and circuit courts were merged, Wittmayer became a circuit judge for the Multnomah County Circuit Court. He was re-elected to the court in 2002 and re-elected in 2014 for a term that expires on January 3, 2021.
- See also: Oregon judicial elections, 2014
| Wittmayer ran for re-election to the Oregon Circuit Court, 4th Judicial District.
Primary: He was elected without opposition in the primary on May 20, 2014.
Between college and law school, Wittmayer worked as a deputy sheriff for Multnomah County. He also worked during college and law school in various positions, including as a parking attendant, janitor, health department aide, and security guard.
After law school, Wittmayer served as a trial attorney for one year with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. as part of the Honors Attorney program. In that capacity, he prosecuted bribery and conflict of interest cases. He then returned to Portland, Oregon, where he worked in the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office for three years. In 1977, Wittmayer started a private law practice with Bill Gaylord and Rich Thomas (Gaylord, Thomas, & Wittmayer) focusing on personal injury litigation, criminal defense, and family law. In 1981, he left that firm to join Mitchell, Lang & Smith. He remained there until his appointment to the bench in 1996. He also served as an arbitrator for Multnomah County Courts from 1984 to 1996.
Wittmayer has also served as a pro tempore circuit judge for Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties from 1992 to 1996. He served as a district judge for Multnomah County from 1996 to 1998 and became a circuit judge in 1998 after the merger of the circuit and district courts.
As a judge, Wittmayer has presided over suits involving civil litigation, family law, probate law, and criminal matters. He is also a member of the Motion Panel handling general civil motions.
Wittmayer also served in the U.S. Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves from 1969 to 1975.
Awards and associations
- Member, Oregon State Bar
- Oregon State Bar Law-Related Education Committee
- Member, Multnomah Bar Association
- Multnomah Bar Professionalism Committee
- Member, Bench-Bar Professionalism Commission
- Former member, Washington State Bar 
- Board of trustees, Willamette University
- Former chair of the Board of Trustees, Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church
- Former board member, FISH Emergency Services, Inc.
- Former volunteer attorney, St. Andrew Legal Clinic
- Former volunteer attorney, Habitat for Humanity
- Former volunteer attorney, American Civil Liberties Union 
Wittmayer has presided over several cases that have garnered media attention. He presided over peace activist Joe Walsh's lawsuit against the Portland Police in which Walsh alleged the police had discriminated against him based on his political beliefs. The lawsuit stemmed from Walsh's arrest in 2009 while protesting a dinner by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He also presided over a case concerning sexual abuse within the Boy Scouts.
- Oregon Courts, "Judge Wittmayer Biography," accessed June 4, 2014
- Multnomah Bar Association, "John A. Wittmayer Biography," accessed June 4, 2014
- Oregon Secretary of State, "Candidates for 2014 Primary Election," accessed April 14, 2014
- See: Judicial selection in Oregon
- Oregon Secretary of State, "Unofficial Election Results," May 20, 2014
- Oregon Secretary of State, "Judge of the Circuit Court 4th District, Position 36," accessed June 4, 2014
- Willamette Weekly Newspaper, "Judge Rules for the Police, Against Peace Activist Joe Walsh in AIPAC Case," August 19th, 2010
- Oregon Public Broadcasting, "Judge Orders Release Of Boy Scouts Sex Abuse Files," June 18, 2010