Jim D. Noteboom – in Memoriam

James D. Noteboom grew up on a farm outside Salem. After completing his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees at Oregon State University, he entered the Marine Corps in 1968 and served as an artillery officer in Viet Nam. He returned to law school at the University of Oregon in 1974 and began his law practice in 1977.

Jim was a widely known and respected attorney and community member.  Practicing law at Karnopp Petersen LLP for over thirty years, Jim dedicated his career to the representation of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. His representation of the Tribe included particular emphasis on energy, water, environmental, land acquisition, and natural resource law.

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He was the primary attorney involved in the negotiation of the Tribe’s landmark water settlement agreement with the State of Oregon and the United States. He also represented the Tribe while negotiating the settlement agreement with Portland General Electric Company and the U.S. Department of the Interior under which the Tribe acquired a major ownership interest in the Pelton Hydroelectric Project.

Jim was a founder and member of the board of directors of the Museum at Warm Springs. He also, since inception, served as a founder and Secretary of the Deschutes River Conservancy, a unique environmental group originally conceived of by the Warm Springs Tribe and the Environmental Defense Fund. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of Oregon and was on the Advisory Board of the Oregon Youth Challenge Program working with at-risk youth.

Military service was an important part of Jim Noteboom’s life. He served a total of 39 years in the Navy, Marine Corps and Army, both on active duty and in the reserves. In 2002 he received a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College. In 1996, he began serving as an adjunct instructor for the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies leading teaching teams to such countries as Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Ethiopia, Congo, Argentina, Zambia, Ukraine, Eritrea, Croatia, Senegal, Ukraine, Zambia and Zimbabwe to provide instruction to host nation military and civilian leadership on a variety of topics.

Jim passed away suddenly on November 27, 2008 from acute leukemia. He is survived by his wife, three children and six grand-children

  • University of Oregon School of Law, J.D. (1974)
  • U.S. Army War College, M.S.A (2002)
  • Oregon State University, M.B.A. (1968)
  • Oregon State University, B.S. (1967)