Roseburg named Matt Lawless as the company’s new vice president-general counsel and corporate secretary. Lawless will join the company’s executive team and help set strategy and overall direction for the business, according to Roseburg.

“Matt is an accomplished legal strategist and litigator, and we are fortunate to have him on the team,” Roseburg President and CEO Grady Mulbery said in a prepared statement. “He has shown a passion for the business and our industry, and a clear understanding of our strategic objectives. We look forward to his continued contribution to Roseburg’s growth and success.”

Lawless joined the company in November 2019 as assistant general counsel. In January 2022, Lawless saw his scope of responsibility expand when Stuart Gray moved out of his role as general counsel to become chief operating officer.

“Matt has a keen legal mind and deep appreciation of Roseburg’s values and goals as a business,” Gray said. “His leadership and skillset have proven invaluable as we address the complex legal issues regarding our timberlands, operations, and ongoing work to expand our geographic footprint in North America.”

Before Roseburg, Lawless practiced law at Arnold Gallagher PC in Eugene, Ore., and Jones Day in Cleveland. He began his career at Howard, Stallings, From, Atkins, Angell & Davis PA in Raleigh, N.C.

Springfield, Ore.-based Roseburg Forest Products produces particleboard, medium density fiberboard, and thermally fused laminates. The company also manufactures softwood and hardwood plywood, lumber, LVL, and I-joists. Roseburg owns and sustainably manages more than 600,000 acres of timberland in Oregon, North Carolina, and Virginia, as well as an export wood chip terminal facility in Coos Bay, Ore.