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Christopher Linton Burford

Christopher Linton Burford

also known as Chris Burford

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As General Counsel to Eastern Oregon University, I represent the university in a broad array of legal matters. In my role as Board Secretary, I provide support to the governing body of the university, the Board of Trustees. In both aspects of my work I draw upon thirteen years as an staff attorney to a federally-recognized American Indian tribal government. I also rely upon nearly four years of operating my own law office, during which time I represented a municipal government in a variety of legal matters, as well as representing many private clients. 

Major themes of my work have included government law, government administration, administrative law, employment law, real property transactions and disputes, and environmental law. In all these settings, my emphasis has been on giving solid, practical help to people who need it.


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Eastern Oregon University

One University Boulevard, IH 216
La Grande, OR, 97850


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TitleCompany nameDuration
University General Counsel and Board SecretaryEastern Oregon University2015 - Present
OwnerBurford Law Office, LLC2011 - 2015
Attorney GeneralThe Confederated Tribes Of The Umatilla Indian Reservation2003 - 2011
Staff AttorneyConfederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation1998 - 2003
Policy AnalystConfederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation1993 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon State Bar, Indian Law SectionChair2006 - 2006
Oregon State Bar, Indian Law SectionExecutive Committee Member2002 - 2007
Umatilla Tribal CourtMember of the Bar2000 - Present
U.S. District Court for OregonMember of the Bar1993 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Western Kentucky UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1986