Corvallis-based Oregon State Credit Union announced today it has hired an experienced litigator and advisory lawyer as its general counsel. James Brannen has been named general counsel and senior vice president, joining the credit union’s executive leadership team to manage the credit union’s legal and regulatory affairs.

Brannen will be joining the credit union on a temporary limited basis pending the approval of his application for House Counsel with the Oregon State Bar.

Brannen said, “I am very excited to join the Oregon State Credit Union family, and to work with this amazing group of professionals.”

During his career, Brannen has represented and advised companies, individuals, and government entities in a wide variety of legal matters. Oregon State Credit Union President and CEO Richard Hein said Brannen’s experience both in and out of the courtroom in contracts, labor, employment and regulatory issues makes him a good fit for the company. He added that in today’s complex and competitive marketplace, the role of a general counsel is dynamic and requires a broad range of talents and skills.

“James brings those talents and skills that will help move our organization forward into the future,” Hein said. “He understands the focus at Oregon State Credit Union is on serving our members. As it relates to legal matters, he will always look through the lens that supports our mission, our vision and our values with our ultimate goal to provide an unsurpassed member experience. We are grateful to have him as a part of our team.”

Brannen graduated from University of California, Davis School of Law in 2011. Prior to joining Oregon State Credit Union, Brannen worked for law firms in California; was deputy counsel at Kern County, California; and clerked at the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California. His volunteer work has included being the judge advocate for the Veterans of Foreign War, Post 67 in Sacramento, California; and a law clerk at the Bakersfield Public Defenders Office in Bakersfield, California.

Brannen lives with his wife in Corvallis, Oregon.

Oregon State Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit credit union. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in 24 western and central Oregon counties. Additional information about Oregon State Credit Union is available at
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