Main DOJ Referral Line: 503-378-4400
Media Inquiries: 503-378-6002
Consumer Hotline: 877-877-9392 (visit Report Scams & Fraud to file a complaint)
Frederick Boss, Deputy Attorney General
Fred is the deputy attorney general. He is responsible for daily operations and serves as a key advisor to the Attorney General. Fred has been with the department since 1994 and was the long time chief counsel of the Civil Enforcement Division. Prior to working for the Oregon DOJ, Fred was in private practice in Portland, Oregon and Houston, Texas. Fred received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a J.D. from the University of San Diego. Fred also holds an LL.M., an internationally recognized postgraduate law degree, from the London School of Economics.
Kate Denison, Legislative Policy Analyst
Kate is a legislative policy analyst. She works closely with members of the Attorney General’s legislative team and attorneys throughout the DOJ to analyze and develop changes in Oregon law. Kate has served in various roles at the Oregon DOJ since 2006, providing support in legislative, constituent and public affairs, and as a paralegal, to former Attorneys General John Kroger and Hardy Myers. Most recently she served as Public Affairs Coordinator for the Charitable Activities Section. Before moving to Oregon Kate worked on the long-running political talk show, The McLaughlin Group in Washington, D.C. and in former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Press Office. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Kristina Edmunson, Communications Director
Kristina is the communications director for the Office of the Attorney General. She formerly served as the deputy communications director for the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C., where she was responsible for the management of a full-service communications team and acted as the agency’s media spokesperson. Kristina started her career working for Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and later for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. Following the 2008 presidential election, Kristina was a spokeswoman for Consumers Union, the national nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. Kristina earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications, and an M.A. in intercultural communications from the University of Denver.
Henry Kantor, Special Counsel to the Attorney General
Henry joined the Oregon Department of Justice as Special Counsel to the Attorney General after more than 22 years as a state trial court judge, presiding over thousands of civil and criminal cases. Before he began public service as a judge, Henry was in private practice in Portland, specializing in complex civil litigation under the consumer, banking, antitrust and securities laws. Over the years, he served on (and chaired) the Oregon Council on Court Procedures and the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability. Henry received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School.
Ellen Klem, Director of Consumer Outreach & Education
Ellen is the director of consumer outreach and education for the Office of the Attorney General. Her mission is to prevent financial harm to Oregonians, especially older adults, Oregonians whose first language is not English, and students with large education-related debts. Previously, Ellen worked at the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging in Washington, D.C., where she was responsible for research, policy development, advocacy, education and training. Ellen received her bachelor’s degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Aaron Knott, Legislative Director
Aaron is the legislative director for the Office of the Attorney General. Previously, he served six years as a deputy district attorney for Multnomah County. Aaron also served as committee counsel for the Oregon House and Senate Judiciary Committees during the 2011 legislative session. He has worked as an attorney in private practice and for MercyCorps. Aaron obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Law.
Michael Kron, Special Counsel to the Attorney General
Michael serves as special counsel to the Attorney General. He advises the Attorney General on a variety of legal issues. Previously, Michael practiced law in Juneau, Alaska with a focus on education and civil defense, and was a regular contributor to the Juneau public radio station. Michael graduated from the University of Oregon magna cum laude and received a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and awarded a Hamilton Fellowship. Michael also holds a M.A. in English literature from New York University.
William O’Donnell, Chief Financial Officer
Bill is the chief financial officer for the Oregon Department of Justice. He is responsible for the agency’s budget, fiscal impact statements and performance measurements. He coordinates the agency’s efforts for the biennial agency budget request, Ways and Means Committee and Emergency Board processes and has department responsibility for internal audit activities.
Bill started his career with the State of Montana Office of the Legislative Auditor and spent the last 29 years working in higher education including positions in Montana, Nevada and 12 years as the Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Fiscal Affairs at Indiana University South Bend. He has been a speaker at several professional conferences for college and university business officers and served on committees for those professional organizations as well. Bill received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Fay Stetz-Waters, Director of Civil Rights
Fay Stetz-Waters is the Civil Rights Director for the Oregon Department of Justice. As the Director of Civil Rights, she is committed to increasing the Department’s impact on civil rights issues affecting marginalized and vulnerable Oregonians.
Fay has been a strong advocate for justice her whole life. She enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at age 17, where she worked as a field radio operator. While working as a 911 dispatcher at night, Fay earned a bachelor’s degree in history and graduated with honors from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She attended Lewis and Clark Law School, where she wrote on constitutional issues like marriage equality, transgender rights, and crime victim’s rights.
She has also worked as an Administrative Law Judge for the Employment Department, a Hearings Officer for the Parole Board, an Equity Associate at Oregon State University, and as a Circuit Court Judge in Linn County. Fay likes writing, studying history, gardening, attending summer concerts, and spending time with her wife Karelia and their dog Willa.