Dennis Karnopp – Retired

Professional Experience

Dennis joined the firm (then McKay, Panner, Johnson & Marceau) in 1967 after receiving his law degree. During his career, Dennis has focused a significant part of his practice in the area of Indian Law, which deals with a broad range of complex legal and legislative issues. He carries on a tradition of the firm, which has represented the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon since 1955. He also represents a number of small businesses and has been listed in the “Best Lawyers Consumer Guide.”

Professional & Community Activities

Dennis is a Fellow of the American Bar Association. He currently is a member of the House of Delegates of the Oregon State Bar and has also chaired several committees, including the General Practice Section, Unauthorized Practice Committee and Task Force on the Disciplinary System. He served as a Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1986-88 and was Co-Chair of the Campaign for Equal Justice, 1998-2000. Dennis was the first male member of the Central Oregon Women Lawyers Association. He has been a member of the Affirmative Action Committee and in 2009, he received the Oregon State Bar President’s Affirmative Action Award.

Dennis has been recognized by his peers for his leadership abilities and has served as President of the Oregon State Bar, the Western States Bar Conference, and the Central Oregon Bar. Dennis also has served as co-chair of the Campaign for Equal Justice. Dennis is past Chairman of the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission.


  • University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D. (1967)
  • University of Nebraska, B.A. (1965)