Brent H. Hall

Professional Experience

Brent joined Karnopp Petersen in 2016, after working with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation since 2005. Brent has a diverse practice, ranging from federal Indian law and natural resource matters to business litigation and advice. Brent has been the lead attorney in federal and state court and administrative proceedings involving treaty reserved rights, environmental and energy project permitting matters. Brent has also negotiated agreements with federal and state agencies related to Columbia River Basin hydrosystem operations, Indian and non-Indian harvest, hatchery operations, and habitat restoration. Brent has experienced lobbying in Washington, D.C. and throughout the Northwest. Before assisting Indian Country with his legal expertise, Brent’s commercial litigation practice in Portland, Oregon (Newcomb, Sabin, Schwartz & Landsverk) and Phoenix, Arizona (Squire, Sanders & Dempsey) encompassed banking and probate disputes, as well as employment, construction defect, insurance liability, contract and business tort disputes.

Professional and Community Activities

Brent is an officer of the OSB Legal Services Program Committee, which strives to keep Oregon’s justice system open and accessible to all. He also is a member of the OSB Litigation, Indian Law, Government Law, Environmental and Natural Resources, and Energy Telecom and Utility Law Sections. Brent served as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference from 2011 to 2014. Brent is a member of the Federal Bar Association and American Bar Association. He is former chair of the Multnomah County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Service to the Public Committee.

Brent is a member of the Rotary Club of Pendleton. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Pendleton Center for the Arts. Previously, he was President of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Oregon Children’s Museum, and served on the Board of Directors of the Pendleton Youth Soccer Association.

Personal Interests

Brent was born and raised in Eastern Oregon before heading back east for college. He is married with four children. When not serving the needs of his clients, Brent can generally be found with some mixture of family and pets either working on a project around the house or exploring Oregon outside.


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude (1999)
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A. (1990)

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon
  • Warm Springs Tribal Court
  • Umatilla Tribal Court
  • Federal District Court, District of Oregon
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
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