Philip M. Thoennes JD ’15


Philip M. Thoennes JD ’15 joined the Appellate Division of the Oregon Department of Justice in December of 2018. He represents the state in a variety of appeals in both state and federal appellate courts. His case load includes criminal, postconviction, civil, administrative, and juvenile dependency appeals. Prior to joining the department, Thoennes worked as assistant general counsel at the League of Oregon Cities and as a judicial law clerk for Oregon Supreme Court Judge Rives Kistler.


Joined the League of Oregon Cities as assistant general counsel. Thoennes will advocate in the areas of constitutional and municipal law, and will help develop training and educational materials for elected officials in municipal government. Previously, he clerked for Justice Rives Kistler of the Oregon Supreme Court, where he met his wife, Lauren Eldridge, who was clerking for Justice Jack Landau. Lauren is currently a staff attorney for the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Board.