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HON. FRANK BEARDEN
University of the Pacific, BA , 1963
University of Denver, JD, 1966
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Judge Bearden retired from the bench after 30 years. He was elected to Multnomah County District Court in 1979 and later elected to Circuit Court. He served as presiding judge and tried well over 1,000 jury cases which included criminal cases of all types and civil cases ranging from personal injury and medical and legal malpractice to mass torts, construction defect, intellectual property and trademark cases, as well as, environmental pollution and business transaction cases. As part of the work on the trial bench, settlement skills were required in a great many cases.
Before becoming a judge Frank Bearden was partner in the law firm Bauer, Murphy, Fundingsland, and Bearden (1977-79). He specialized in business, banking and property development issues. From 1971 to 1977, Judge Bearden was a Deputy District Attorney in Multnomah County. He started in the District Court and ended up as Assistant Chief District Attorney
After graduating from college with his law degree, Judge Bearden worked at Lewis and Clark until 1970. He was an assistant professor (1966-68) and Chairman of the Department of Business Administration 1968-70). He taught taxation, business law, corporate finance and advanced management practices.
Judge Bearden’s activities include several Bar committees, from Detention and Corrections, to Professionalism, as well as lecturing at CLE sessions, on presiding court issues.
He was a former member of the Citizens Crime Commission and former President of the District Court Judges Association. He is a current member of the Oregon State Bar, Multnomah Bar, U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court.