Kurt Barker

Professional Experience – Employment Law and Litigation

Kurt Barker joined the Employment Law and Litigation departments at Karnopp Petersen in early 2008. Prior to moving to Bend, Kurt practiced employment law with Stoel Rives LLP in Portland, Oregon where his practice focused on employment litigation and counseling employers in all aspects of employment related issues. As the current Chair of Karnopp Petersen’s Employment Law department, Kurt’s practice continues to emphasize the counsel and defense of clients in most all employment-related matters including discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, tort, noncompete enforcement, and trade secret obligations. He frequently lectures on employment law topics around the state, and conducts trainings for managers and employees.

Oregon Super Lawyers named Kurt a Rising Star in Employment Law for four consecutive years. The selection process identifies no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state. In recent years, peers repeatedly have selected Kurt for listing in Best Lawyers in America for his work in Employment Law, as well.

Kurt’s practice also involves representing clients in a variety of other disputes, in both state and federal courts.  His experience includes a variety of fiduciary, will and trust-related litigation, as well as disputes between businesses and business partners.

Professional Experience – Intellectual Property

In addition to handling a variety of competition-related disputes and trade secret issues, Kurt counsels clients on their intellectual property protection strategy, obtaining federal and other trademark rights, protecting copyright and more, and works with clients to enforce those rights.  Together with Karnopp Petersen attorney Jon Napier, Kurt helped launch the firm’s Emerging Business, Technology and Intellectual Property or e-TIP practice group, to better collaborate and serve our clients’ needs in this area.

Professional and Community Activities

Kurt is a board member and past President of the Human Resources Association of Central Oregon (HRACO), our local chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).  He serves on the board of the Oregon Employer Council – Central Oregon, and volunteers as secretary of the board for Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades.  He serves on the Bend Chamber’s Leadership Bend Steering Committee, as well.

Kurt is a member of the Deschutes County Bar Association and a small group known as the
Central Oregon Intellectual Property Attorneys.  An Eagle Scout himself, he serves as Assistant
Scoutmaster for his son’s Boy Scout Troop.  Prior to his career in law, Kurt served as a campaign aide to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, as well as a legislative aide to Oregon Secretary of State Phil Keisling.

Education and Awards

  • Stanford Law School, J.D., with distinction (2001); Editor, Stanford Technology Review
  • University of Oregon Honors College, B.A., cum laude, Mathematics (1996)

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Phone: 541.318.9806
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