Honorable Janelle Factora Wipper
In July of 2011, Governor Kitzhaber appointed Judge Wipper to the bench. Judge Wipper is Oregon's first Filipino-American Judge. She has been the Chief Civil Judge for Washington County since January 2015 and is currently on general trial rotation handling civil, criminal and probate cases. Judge Wipper previously worked as the Associate Chief Counsel for the Civil Enforcement Division; Sr. Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice; and as a Deputy District Attorney in Washington County. She is currently the President-Elect of the Oregon Filipino Attorneys Association (OFALA) and has served as a board member for the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association and Executive Committee member for Washington County’s Domestic Violence Intervention Council. She is also a member of the Oregon Women Lawyers and the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association. Additionally, Judge Wipper was an officer and board member for the Washington County Bar Association. Judge Wipper received her J.D. degree from Willamette University College of Law and her Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University. Wipper was born and raised in Hawaii where her first job was picking macadamia nuts.