Our philosophy is pretty simple—do your best and give back. We believe if we work hard every day, provide excellent legal counsel, support the community we serve, and exceed expectations in service, our clients will continue to call. Our goal is to do our best and to always be there when you need us most.
Recognition & Associations
Over the years, we’ve been called many things…Super Lawyers. Rising Stars. Best Lawyers in America. Most Recommended Law Firm.
Yet our favorite title is “trusted advisor”. We appreciate that our clients turn to us for advice when they face some of their most important decisions — it tells us that we are performing our core function of providing legal advice that is valued by our clients.
Below are a few of the recognitions we have been honored to receive for doing what we love. We’re also proud to be members of the associations that further support business in our community and the foundations of the legal profession. Of course, our greatest reward is doing our best for our clients every day.
We cherish our reputation as legal advisors to Central Oregon. We hold it with great responsibility and find every opportunity to give back to our region. We are sponsors, board members, business advisors, community activists, and residents. We are also dedicated to sustainable business practices and do our part to steward our remarkable natural resources.
Below are just a handful of organizations we are proud to support.
KP Fund Benefitting The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
The son of Clyde McKay, one of Bend’s founders, opens a sole law practice on Oregon Street in Downtown Bend, later to become known as Karnopp Petersen LLP.
Law Firm Panner McKay Founded
Owen Panner enters into partnership with Duncan McKay. The Law Firm of Panner and Mckay is established.
Tribal Clients Retain Firm
The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon becomes a client of Panner and McKay.
Karnopp Joins Firm
Karnopp founding partner Dennis Karnopp joins the firm as an Associate Attorney.
Noteboom Joins Firm
Jim D. Noteboom joins the firm and dedicates his career to representing The Confederate Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.
Petersen Joins Firm
James E. Petersen joins Karnopp Petersen LLP
Panner Becomes US District Judge
Nominated by President Jimmy Carter, Owen Panner departs to become a United States District Judge for Oregon.
First-ever Tax Exempt Bonds for Tribes
Karnopp Petersen successfully represents The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon in attaining the first-ever public offering of tax-exempt bonds by an Indian tribe.
Hubel Becomes Federal Magistrate Judge
Attorney, Dennis Hubel, departs Karnopp to become a Federal Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Fish Accords Agreement
The Warm Springs Tribes signed the Columbia Basin Fish Accords with the Federal Government in May of 2008, reconciling the Endangered Species Act and the Tribes’ Treaty rights and turned long-time courtroom adversaries into partners in Columbia Basin salmon restoration.
Noteboom Passes Away
11/27/2008 Jim Noteboom passes away suddenly from acute leukemia. He is survived by his, wife, 3 children and six grandchildren.
12/30/2012 - Jim Petersen retires from Karnopp Petersen after 33 years.
First Female Co-Managing Partners Elected
Karnopp announces the election of Ellen Grover and Erin MacDonald as new managing partners.
Howard Arnett Receives 2019 TWANAT Award
The Museum at Warm Springs honors Arnett for his four decades as an attorney for The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and contributions to Native American Tribal Nations
Karnopp Establishes Fund to Benefit Warm Springs Tribe
A donor-advised fund with OCF is established to benefit The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.