About Me

/Who Am I

I’m pleased to be the General Counsel for Southern Oregon University. Inspiring curiosity and creativity, compelling critical thinking, fostering discovery and creating lives of purpose.

I was a leader for Deloitte Consulting LLP in regulated products (cannabis, hemp, alcohol & tobacco) helping government and commercial clients navigate the organizational challenges inherent in establishing and maintaining regulatory programs, as well as effectively implement the programs, processes and technology necessary to comply with laws, regulations and policies.

I have served as the Klamath County District Attorney and Chair of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which regulates recreational cannabis, alcohol and Oregon’s container recycling program.   

Previously, I was elected for three terms as an Oregon State Representative where I served in positions of Majority Whip, Chair of the Public Safety Sub-Committee of Ways and Means, and as Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Information Management and Technology. I have also been the President of the Medford City Council and served as the General Counsel and District Director for U.S. Congressman Greg Walden.

My private sector business experience includes being the General Counsel for Pacific Retirement Services, Inc., President of a multi-state real estate development firm, Corporate Counsel for a NASDAQ traded company, small business owner, and business consultant.

I grew up on a working cattle ranch in Eagle Point, Oregon.  I am an Eagle Scout.  I have served on the board of directors of several non-profits and continue to volunteer in my community.

Mary Patridge and I have been married for over 25 years and we have two children, Maya and Owen Patridge.

Date:  December 2022.


Much behind-the-scenes credit goes to Medford City Council President Rob Patridge . . . He talked to the Navy, lobbied congressmen and even planned a rally . . . to demonstrate how much Medford needs the building.
It is not often council members’ work so clearly and directly benefits the community.

 Medford Mail Tribune Editorial, October 6, 1998
He has pushed his agency to engage the public heavily during the process. Patridge's Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has organized statewide listening tours, offers transparent online communications systems, and posts official meetings and hearing online in an effort to keep the public informed. In many ways, Patridge and the OLCC have set the standard for public inclusion in post-legalization deliberations around the implementation of recreational marijuana.

Brookings Institution, April 20, 2015
Patridge was a force to be reckoned with when he first arrived three years back. Just after he arrived . . . 300 uniformed police officers descended on Klamath to round up some 40 people tied to selling and transporting methamphetamine . . . And, it’s hard to count the number of homicides . . . all suspects have been arrested and are awaiting trial.
Patridge also streamlined the prosecution of cases, clearing out the backlog that has a chokehold on the courts. He did this in partnership with other attorneys, judges, law enforcement and the county commission.

-Herald & News, July 23, 2016
Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge already holds an unusual position—he's both a top law enforcement official and the chair of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. . .

In his current dual roles, Patridge has continued to prosecute criminals in Klamath County, while also leading the OLCC through the uncharted waters of recreational marijuana legalization.

That initially seemed like a challenge, because the Oregon District Attorneys Association, of which Patridge is a member, opposed Measure 91 that legalized weed in 1994, and a majority of voters in Klamath County voted against it.

But Patridge and his agency have generally gotten high marks for what has so far been a smooth
implementation that economically, at least, has exceeded all expectations.

-Willamette Week, July 3, 2016



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