Scott Erik Asphaug JD ’83
Scott Erik Asphaug JD ’83 was appointed by Attorney General Merrick B. Garland to serve as U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon in an interim capacity, effective December 25, 2021. Asphaug, who had been appointed to serve as acting U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon on February 28, 2021, will serve as U.S. attorney for up to 120 days, or until the confirmation of Oregon’s next presidentially appointed U.S. attorney by the U.S. Senate. If, after 120 days, a new U.S. attorney has not been confirmed, Marco A. Hernández, chief U.S. district judge for the District of Oregon, will appoint a U.S. attorney to serve until such confirmation occurs. “During this time of transition, our office continues to focus intently on our ongoing mission of protecting the safety and wellbeing of all Oregonians,” said Asphaug. A 16-year veteran of the Department of Justice, he has held several leadership positions in the district, including first assistant U.S. attorney, executive assistant U.S. attorney, assistant U.S. attorney, mortgage fraud coordinator, discovery coordinator, and professional responsibility officer. Asphaug previously served as a line assistant U.S. attorney in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions. Prior to his federal service, Asphaug was a Senior Assistant and Deputy County Attorney in the Multnomah County Attorney’s Office, where he handled tort and medical malpractice litigation. He also served as the advisory attorney to the Multnomah County Sheriff. Before entering government service, Asphaug spent several years in private practice focused on criminal litigation. During this time, he was empaneled by the Portland Police Officers Union to represent officers during use-of-force administrative and grand jury investigations.