Jeff is an attorney on Karnopp Petersen’s litigation and intellectual property teams. Jeff’s practice spans many industries, including startups, craft breweries, homeowners associations, Indian tribes, technology companies, and many more.
As a litigator, Jeff assists clients in resolving disputes both inside and outside of the courtroom. He has represented a broad assortment of businesses and individuals in a variety of civil disputes, such as commercial litigation, professional negligence/malpractice claims, employment claims, intrabusiness disputes and business dissolutions, regulatory compliance issues, real property disputes, and trademark and copyright infringement claims. Jeff believes that it is possible to find common ground in even the most seemingly irreconcilable disputes and is frequently able to find satisfactory resolutions for his clients prior to undertaking the stress and expense of litigation. If litigation is the best or the only way to resolve a dispute, however, Jeff draws on his litigation experience in federal court and Oregon’s trial and appellate courts as well as his extensive jury trial experience as a former Assistant District Attorney for Lane County, Oregon to fight for his clients.
In addition to his litigation practice, Jeff specializes in securing and protecting his clients’ intellectual property rights, including through federal and state trademark and copyright registration and prosecution, intellectual property licensing, and defending or prosecuting trademark and copyright infringement actions.
Jeff received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science at Oregon State University. He then worked in fundraising at New York University School of Law for three years before returning home to Oregon to pursue his juris doctorate at the University of Oregon School of Law. While at the University of Oregon, Jeff was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation. After graduating from law school, he served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Gregory G. Foote and the Honorable Suzanne B. Chanti at the Lane County Circuit Court. Jeff then served as an assistant district attorney for Lane County until joining the firm in 2012.
Professional & Community Activities
Jeff is a supporter of animal welfare in Central Oregon and served as a board member for the Bend Spay and Neuter Project from 2012 through 2015. Jeff is also active in the local business community and volunteered as a member of the Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Business Success Council between 2012 and 2013. Jeff frequently presents on intellectual property and other legal issues to support and educate local businesses. In 2014, he served as an instructor at the Craft Brewery startup Workshop hosted by OSUCascades. Jeff is a member of the Oregon State Bar, OSB’s Litigation Section, and the Deschutes County Bar Association. He is admitted to Oregon state courts; the U.S. District Court, District of Oregon; and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Oregon.
Jeff is a DIY enthusiast and can be found most weekends working on one project or another with his wife, Kathleen, at their home in Bend. When he’s not working on home improvements, he enjoys taking part in all of the wonderful outdoor activities that Central Oregon has to offer, including hiking, cycling, fishing, camping, cross country skiing, alpine skiing, snowshoeing, or just walking around town with his wife and two pugs, Rocco and Toula. Jeff and Kathleen also enjoy traveling, tasting different cuisines, and sampling craft beer and wine.
- University of Oregon School of Law, J.D. (2009)
- Oregon State University, B.S., Political Science (2002)
Admitted to Practice