A native Oregonian, Jon Napier was born in Ashland. After law school, Jon practiced for four years with Miller Nash LLP in Portland, Oregon. Jon joined Karnopp Petersen in 2002.
As managing partner of the firm and chair of Karnopp Petersen’s business law department, Jon regularly counsels a broad range of clients in the areas of startups, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, business transactions, employment law, finance and securities, and real estate transactions. Among other areas of practice, Jon has significant experience with private placements, structuring business entities, representing lenders and borrowers, buying and selling businesses, contract negotiation and drafting, preparing legal opinions, commercial lease work, buying and selling businesses, contract negotiation and drafting, preparing legal opinions, commercial lease work, buying and selling real property, counseling employers, and drafting employment agreements and employee handbooks. Jon is a frequent speaker on a variety of legal topics and past chair of Karnopp Petersen’s employment department.
Jon graduated cum laude from Linfield College with a B.S. in Finance, holds an M.B.A. from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, and holds a J.D. and graduated cum laude from Willamette University College of Law.
Professional and Community Activities
Jon donates legal services to a number of nonprofits, and has served on the City of Bend’s CDBG and Housing Advisory Committee and the Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Business Success Council. Jon is a graduate of the Bend Chamber of Commerce Leadership Bend Program and a member of the Oregon State Bar and Deschutes County Bar Association.
Education and Awards
- Willamette University of Law, J.D., cum laude (1998)
- Atkinson Graduate School of Management, M.B.A. (1998)
- Linfield College, B.S., cum laude, Finance (1994)
Admitted to Practice
Outside of the office, Jon enjoys spending time with his wife, Shelley, and their two children, hiking and fly fishing, and is an avid lacrosse fan.