Sylvia Grace Hatton
July 2, 1933 – February 5, 2021

We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Sylvia Hatton, a beloved long-time Karnopp Petersen employee who today would have celebrated her 50th anniversary working as a Probate Paralegal with the firm. Sylvia passed away on February 5th and will be remembered for her many contributions to KP over the years. She was integral to the evolution of our firm over the past five decades and was a vital support to the success and growth of our practice. Sylvia was a dedicated paralegal committed to the firm, our clients, and her co-workers, who were also her dear friends over the years. Her long-standing presence in our office will be deeply missed. 

A celebration of Sylvia’s life is scheduled for Monday, June 28, 2021, at 5:30 pm at Awbrey Glen Golf Club, 2500 NW Awbrey Glen Drive, Bend.


Sylvia Grace Hatton
July 2, 1933 – February 5, 2021

Source: The Bend Bulletin

Sylvia Grace Hatton of Bend passed away at OHSU Hospital in Portland on February 5, 2021, after suffering a stroke. She was born July 2, 1933 in Brownhills, West Midlands, England, to Cyril and Elizabeth Harvey. She married Raymond R. Hatton on February 7, 1953, who preceded her in death in 2015.

Sylvia grew up in Hammerwich, England with her older brother Geoff and younger sister Sheila. After marrying Ray in Hammerwich the two of them moved in 1956 to Moscow, Idaho where Ray attended the University of Idaho on a track and cross-country scholarship. After Ray graduated, he and Sylvia moved in 1960 to Sacramento. It was there where their son Peter was born, and then their daughter Janice. In
1969 the family moved to Bend, Oregon where Sylvia lived until her passing.

Sylvia prided herself as a diligent probate paralegal who, for one month shy of 50 years of working at Karnopp Petersen law firm, continued
to enthusiastically work until her passing. Her satisfaction in her work was complemented by her delight in sharing time with family who she adored. She took great pleasure in spending her free time in Camp Sherman at the family retreat or on the coast in Manzanita. Whether working, enjoying her tea, chatting, planting and tending her flowers on the deck, watching the birds, or planning a future adventure with family and friends, Sylvia embraced an existence that emulated a zest for life, an innate curiosity about her world and bottomless reservoir of kindness.

Among her many endeavors and legacies, she was a world-class Master’s badminton player, who medaled in the World Games in Alberta, Canada in 2005, and in Sydney, Australia in 2009. She also edited and typed all 10 books about Central and Eastern Oregon written by her husband Raymond R. Hatton.

She is survived by her sister Sheila Seager of Port Coquitlam, British Colombia; her son Peter and his wife Tana of Bend; her daughter Janice Hatton and her husband Charlie Wilshire of Bend and Eugene; her grandchildren Eric Hatton (and his wife Chrissy); Michael Hatton (and his wife Ashlie); Brenden Hatt on (and his wife Celia Oney); Alyssa Hatt on DeWees (and her husband Jacob); Kiersten Hatt on, and Tia Hatt on; plus five great-grandchildren and her many nephews and nieces. She loved them all dearly. We will miss her and love her forever.

A celebration of Sylvia’s life is scheduled for Monday, June 28, 2021, at 5:30 pm at Awbrey Glen Golf Club, 2500 NW Awbrey Glen Drive, Bend.

Congratulations to Karnopp Attorney, Kurt Barker who has been recognized by the Human Resources of Central Oregon (HRACO) as the 2020 HR Professional of the Year. Each year, the HRACO recognizes one of its members based on nominations by their peers.  The award represents the HR Professional’s contributions to the field of human resources through their outstanding record of involvement either through innovation, program, or best practice.

Nominees must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Outstanding contribution to the Central Oregon HR Community, i.e.:
  • Serves on the HRACO board
  • Speaker at HR-related events
  • Facilitator/Trainer/Teacher in the HR Community
  • Mentors other HR Professionals
  • An active member of SHRM or HRACO
  • Currently excelling in their position in the HR field

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, non-compete enforcement, and trade secret obligations.

He frequently lectures on employment law topics around the state and has been featured at Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries’ Annual Conference in Portland. Kurt also thrives on conducting training for managers and employees, including anti-harassment, medical leave, and other topics.

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 has served on the Bend Chamber’s Leadership Bend Steering Committee, as well.

Seasons Greetings to our Clients, Friends, and Family…

This holiday season, as we move into a new year, we wish you moments of peace amidst this year’s unique challenges, meaningful connections with family and friends (even if they can’t be in person), the warmth of memories from holidays past, and wonderful glimpses of the joy that being together in spirit can bring.

This year, in honor of our valued clients, colleagues, and friends, we have made donations to the Assistance League of Bend and Family Access Network, in keeping with our year-end tradition of giving a little extra to our community, especially during this challenging time. We hope the spirit of giving and togetherness helps to brighten the season in our community.

Thank you for being a part of the Karnopp Petersen Family. We appreciate your business and look forward to supporting you in the coming year.

With Gratitude,

Karnopp Petersen LLP
Attorneys at Law



Karnopp Petersen LLP Earns 2021 “Best Law Firm” Ranking by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers ©

Bend, Oregon, November 9, 2020 – Karnopp Petersen LLP is pleased to announce that for the 11th year, the firm has ranked as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®.

Firms included in the 2021 Edition of U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

Ranked firms, presented in three tiers, are recognized on a national and regional-based scale. Firms that receive a tier designation reflect the highest level of respect a firm can earn from among other leading lawyers and clients from the same communities and practice areas.

Karnopp Petersen LLP is regionally ranked in four practice areas, achieving tier 1 ranking in Commercial Litigation, Employment Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, and Trusts & Estates Law. Achievement of a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

For firms to be eligible for the ranking, they must first have a lawyer recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©, which recognizes the top 5% of private practicing lawyers in the United States.

Karnopp Petersen has five lawyers listed in The Best Lawyers in America – Josh Newton, Kurt E. Barker, Ellen H. Grover, Howard G. Arnett, and Thomas J. Sayeg.

The “Best Law Firms” list encompasses a diverse group of firms across the nation, making it a valuable research tool for the legal community and clients searching for legal counsel. Ranked firms undergo a rigorous evaluation process that consists of the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field, and assessment of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

National and metropolitan tier 1 firm rankings are featured in the physical edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms,” and is distributed to more than 30,000 in-house counsel.

View the 2021 “Best Law Firm” rankings in their entirety by visiting


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 to learn more.

Please note that on Friday, May 15, Karnopp Petersen will be closed for an official Mental Health Day off.  This means our phones will not be answered and emails will receive replies on Monday.

The firm recognizes and appreciates all of our employees’ hard work and commitment to our valued clients and our business, and we’ll be enjoying a long weekend to give everyone time to re-charge.

The office will resume normal operations on Monday, May 18.

Last week, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) launched a new series of quick videos highlighting local companies working through the COVID-19 crisis. This week’s episode features Sisters-based company, Personalized Nutrients and shows how the company is supporting its employees, neighbors, and other local businesses during this time.

Karnopp Petersen is pleased to sponsor this week’s episode.

See more episodes on EDCO’s YouTube Channel.

Be sure to register for EDCO’s next virtual PubTalk: Thursday, April 23 @ 5:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
Helen Edwards and David Edwards, Co-Founders, Sonder Scheme

Pitching Company:
Tyrone Hazen, Founder, Puffin Coolers

Company Updates:
Allison Barnard, Founder, Terra Frma
Julie Mosier and Henry Mosier, Co-Founders, Food for the Sole

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Kurt Barker, Attorney with Karnopp Peterson, will discuss what employers need to consider from a legal perspective when reducing a workforce.

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