Donald F. Austin
Mr. Austin has practiced law since 1986 primarily in the areas of school law and public entity defense. He was General Counsel for California’s Ventura Unified School District for eight years, where he handled nearly all legal issues for that 17,500 student district. In 2004 he was President of the California Council of School Attorneys.
Mr. Austin’s experience includes both investigations and litigation in a wide variety of cases involving allegations of sexual abuse; sexual harassment; race, gender, age, and/or disability discrimination; employee misconduct; and cases involving catastrophic injuries. In addition, he advises schools on special education and section 504 issues and has represented school districts in special education due process hearings. He has tried cases and appeals in state and federal courts.
Mr. Austin has taught School Law as an adjunct professor in graduate schools of education at Washington State University, Seattle Pacific University, California State University at Northridge, and California Lutheran University. Before practicing law, he taught English and coached football, wrestling, soccer, and swimming at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon. In the last event he coached, his team won the Oregon State Girls Swimming Championship.
- Northwest School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, Juris Doctorate, 1986
- Associate Editor for the law review, Environmental Law
- Portland State University, B.A. and M.A.T., English 1970, 1977