The Department of Labor (DOL) just announced that effective January 1, 2020, the minimum salary basis for workers exempt from overtime requirements will be raised from $455 per week to $684 per week (the equivalent of a raise from $23,660 to $35,568 per year for a full-year worker).  This means some 1.3 million American workers will become eligible for overtime pay, if not given a raise above the new minimum.

See the DOL Press Release here, and more info about the new rule (including links to the rule itself, FAQs, etc.) here.

BEND, OR (August 29, 2019) — Karnopp Petersen LLP is pleased to announce five of the firm’s attorneys have been named top lawyers in the 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America

The Karnopp Petersen attorneys selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for their work in their respective practice areas are:

Howard G. Arnett – Native American Law – Recognized by Best Lawyers® 14 times since first listed in 2007.

Kurt E. Barker – Employment Law – Management; and Litigation – Labor and Employment  – Recognized by Best Lawyers nine times since first listed in 2012.

Ellen H. Grover – Land Use and Zoning Law – Recognized by Best Lawyers five times since first listed in 2016.

Josh Newton – Commercial Litigation – Recognized by Best Lawyers four times since first listed in 2017.

Thomas J. Sayeg – Trusts and Estates – Recognized by Best Lawyers 13 times since first listed in 2008.

The Best Lawyers methodology includes an annual, national/regional, and practice area based peer-review system that is as methodical as it is competitive to reflect the publication’s core mission of promoting only the top legal talent in America.

Since the publication’s founding in 1981, each year, lawyers spanning 146 practice areas are nominated by their peers in the legal industry and evaluated for their professional excellence throughout their career histories to be named to The Best Lawyers in America. Candidates need to exemplify a standard of excellence and influence that warrants the respect of their colleagues in the legal community.

For the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 8.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in the inclusion of approximately 5% of lawyers in private practice in the United States.

For information about Best Lawyers visit www.bestlawyers.com.

 

Annual Honor Dinner celebrates contributions to furthering the culture and heritage of The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation  

 BEND, OR (August 13, 2019) — Karnopp Petersen LLP is pleased to announce Howard Arnett, Esq. will be honored by The Museum at Warm Springs at its annual Huckleberry Harvest and Honor Dinner, taking place this year on August 17th at the High Desert Museum in Bend.

Arnett will receive the museum’s prestigious Twanat Award for his nearly four decades as an attorney for The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, as well as representing other tribes on matters involving treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, Indian Law development, government-to-government relations, and gaming. He is also a longtime supporter of the museum.

The word “Twanat” originates from the Ichishkiin Language of the Warm Springs Tribe meaning “following the traditions of our ancestors”.

Arnett joins a distinguished list of prior Twanat Award honorees including The Honorable Owen Panner, a founding partner of Karnopp Petersen who received the Award in 2005; Two former Governors of Oregon, Victor Atiyeh and Ted Kulongoski; and former U.S. Senators Daniel Inouye and Gordon H. Smith, to name a few.

Karnopp Petersen has represented The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon since 1955 and has been recognized by the museum in prior years for the firm’s commitment to Indian Law.  The late James D. Noteboom and Dennis Karnopp received the museum’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and 2014 respectively, for their longstanding practice in the area of Indian Law.

Arnett’s contributions extend beyond his practice of Indian Law, as an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon School of Law where he teaches courses on American Indian Law as well as advanced seminars on Contemporary Issues in American Indian Law and Comparative Law of Indigenous Peoples. Previously, he was an adjunct professor at the Lewis & Clark Law School teaching the survey course and an advanced seminar on Federal Indian Law.

Arnett received his J.D. from the University of Oregon Law School in 1977. He holds a Bachelor’s degree with distinction from Stanford University and earned a master’s degree with distinction in international relations from the London School of Economics.  

For more information about The Museum at Warm Springs and the Huckleberry Harvest and Honor Dinner visit www.museumatwarmsprings.org; or contact Debbie Stacona at the museum at (541) 553-3331; or email  maws@museumatwarmsprings.org.

About Karnopp Petersen LLP

Established in 1935, Karnopp Petersen LLP has 16 attorneys in its Bend-based office. The firm’s practice areas include Business and Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Franchise Law, Estate Planning, Indian Law, Land Use, Litigation and Appellate Practice, Mediation and Arbitration, Mergers and Acquisitions, Natural Resource and Energy Strategies, Probate and Trust Administration, Real Estate Law, Taxation, Trusts and Estates. Visit www.karnopp.com to learn more.

Karnopp Petersen LLP is pleased to announce the election of Ellen Grover and Erin MacDonald as the firm’s new managing partners effective January 1, 2019.

The managing partner promotions kick off a strong year for Karnopp Petersen LLP which also this year announced the election of two new partners, attorneys Jennilyn Aston and Annie Nelson.

Grover and MacDonald will continue their respective practices while overseeing the day-to-day operations of the firm.

Grover’s practice is focused in the areas of land use, natural resources, Indian, and development law. She has advised clients on complex Oregon land use and energy siting law issues, natural resource regulatory programs, compliance matters, and business development matters. She is a member of the Oregon State Bar Sustainable Future Section, Oregon State Bar Environmental and Natural Resources section, the Deschutes County Bar Association, Bend Endurance Academy Board of Directors and the Bend Metro Parks and Recreation District Board.

Grover received a BA in Political Science, magna cum laude from the College of Charleston in South Carolina and received her law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law.

MacDonald practices in the Trusts and Estates Department of Karnopp Petersen LLP. She regularly counsels clients in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration, tax planning, and charitable giving.

A graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut (B.A. in Psychology), MacDonald earned her Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from the Lewis & Clark Law School. She is active in the community serving as a board member for the Central Oregon Community College Foundation, Central Oregon Estate Planning Council, U.S. Bank’s Central and Eastern Oregon Region, and Assistance League of Bend. MacDonald is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Estate Planning and Administration Section, Oregon State Bar Estate Planning and Elder Law Sections, Central Oregon Estate Planning Council, Oregon Women Lawyers, Cascade Women Lawyers, and Deschutes County Bar Association. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).

Karnopp Petersen LLP is pleased to announce the election of Jennilyn Aston and Annie Nelson as new partners of the firm.

“We are delighted to have these two talented attorneys join our partnership,” said Erin MacDonald, Managing Partner. “They each bring a unique blend of experience, education, and insights that will strengthen and enhance our firm as we continue to grow.”

Aston joined Karnopp Petersen in 2015 and serves as Chair of the firm’s Business Department. Her practice is focused on business and real estate transactions, business organizations and corporate governance, intellectual property, technology-related agreements, and state and federal trademark work.  Aston’s experience includes advising businesses, property owners, and individuals from a number of different industries, including manufacturing, technology and software, medical and dental practices, education, and real estate. Aston earned her J.D., cum laude, from Willamette University College of Law and a B.A. in Liberal Studies, magna cum laude, from Oregon State University.

Nelson has been with the firm since 2012 and practices primarily in the area of Trust and Estates. She regularly advises clients in the areas of estate planning, probate, and trust administration, and also counsels clients with respect to establishing guardianships and conservatorships.  Nelson is a member of the Oregon State Bar Estate Planning and Business Law Sections, Deschutes County Bar Association, Oregon Women Lawyers, and Cascade Women Lawyers. Nelson earned her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School and a B.S. in Political Science, magna cum laude, from Oregon State University.

Annie M. Nelson
Annie M. Nelson
Jennilyn K. Aston
Jennilyn K. Aston

Karnopp Petersen LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Erin Keys MacDonald was recently elected New Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel (ACTEC).

ACTEC is an organization of peer-elected lawyers and law professors who are skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts, estate planning, and probate procedure; and administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors, and incompetents.

MacDonald is one of 36 new Fellows elected to the counsel from across the United States, England, and Canada.

To qualify for membership, a lawyer must have no less than 10 years’ experience in the active practice of probate and trust law or estate planning. Lawyers and law professors are elected to be Fellows based on their outstanding reputation, exceptional skill, and substantial contributions to the field by lecturing, writing, teaching, and participating in bar leadership or legislative activities. It is their aim to improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures, and professional responsibility.

About her election to the counsel, MacDonald said, “I’m honored to be part of ACTEC, an organization with the highest caliber of members in the estate planning profession, and look forward to networking with the other Fellows, and continuing my educational and professional development to help me better serve my clients.”

MacDonald is a graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School and is a partner in the Trusts and Estates Department of Karnopp Petersen LLP. She regularly counsels clients in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, tax planning and charitable giving.