Partnership With National Law Firm Enhances KP’s Public and Private Service Offerings

Karnopp Petersen LLP is pleased to announce the firm will be merging with national law firm, Best Best & Krieger next year. The merger, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022, will provide both firms’ public and private sector clients with new resources, greater bench strength, and expanded geographical reach.

With this new partnership, the Karnopp Petersen team alongside BB&K expands its capacity to serve public agency and private clients throughout California and Oregon.

Both firms are thrilled to further strengthen key practice areas and take advantage of new geographies.

“We are very proud of our decades-long service to our clients, but as our region grows so do our clients’ needs,” said Karnopp Petersen’s co-managing partners Ellen Grover and Erin MacDonald. “BB&K is the perfect partner for us to continue providing valuable service to our clients and our region. We are excited about the future.”

Read the full announcement at 


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BEND, OR (June 21, 2021) – Karnopp Petersen LLP announced the launch of a new donor-advised fund managed by the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) to benefit the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

Since 1955, generations of Karnopp Petersen lawyers have provided legal services to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, assisting in defending and enhancing its sovereignty, treaty-reserved rights, and culture.

The firm established the Fund (KP Fund II The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs) to optimize its charitable giving to the Tribes and attract charitable capital from others who wish to help the Tribes. The Fund endeavors to invest in the people of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to support their efforts to self-determine their future with a focus on education, leadership development, and cultural protection and enhancement.

Karnopp Petersen invites the community to support its charitable fund with the Oregon Community Foundation and will match all donations made to the program up to $5,000.

“We are excited to partner with Oregon Community Foundation in the launch of this Fund, and we look forward to making a positive impact through this focused support of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs,” said Ellen Grover, Managing Partner with Karnopp Petersen. “We hope that our long-standing relationship with the Tribes, combined with OCF’s well-earned reputation in managing donor-advised funds, will give our fund the endorsement for others who wish to give to the Tribes.”

Karnopp Petersen attorneys supported the recent passage of the 1865 Treaty Nullification Bill. The bill nullifies the supplemental treaty between the United States and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of Indians of Middle Oregon signed in 1865, which restricted the rights of tribal members to leave the reservation and imposed other conditions. The Department of the Interior has stated that neither the federal government nor Oregon has ever enforced the treaty.

“It’s apropos to announce our partnership with Oregon Community Foundation to manage our new fund following this legislation,” added Grover. “We hope that our clients, friends, and the community at large will recognize the importance and impact of this fund and will consider investing in the future of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.”

“It’s an honor for OCF to support Oregon businesses as they give back to their communities.  A corporate donor-advised fund is a great way to streamline a company’s strategic giving and rely on OCF’s expertise and grantmaking support,” said Julie Gregory, OCF Regional Director for Central & Eastern Oregon.   “It has been my particular pleasure to work with our friends at Karnopp Petersen to create a fund that will support the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.   I hope this Fund will inspire others to contribute, knowing they can rely on the long-term relationships, knowledge, and expertise the firm can employ to inform their grantmaking.”

Donations to the KP – Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Fund can be made through Karnopp Petersen’s website, at  and Oregon Community Foundation at or by following the link here.


About Oregon Community Foundation

Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) puts donated money to work in Oregon – more than $100 million in grants and scholarships annually. Since 1973, OCF grantmaking, research, advocacy and community-advised solutions have helped individuals, families, businesses and organizations create charitable funds to improve lives for all Oregonians. Impactful giving–time, talent and resources from many generous Oregonians–creates measurable change. For more information about OCF, please visit:

About Karnopp Petersen LLP

Established in 1935, Karnopp Petersen LLP has 14 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.

Throughout Brenda’s 40-year career as a paralegal and legal assistant, she has been committed to learning and building her knowledge of the legal profession to better serve the attorneys and clients with whom she works.  This has included being an active member of NALS (formerly National Association of Legal Secretaries) for 39 years.

Brenda first joined Karnopp Petersen in 1997 when she was hired as a litigation legal assistant.  She worked in this position until she was recruited to work as a litigation paralegal for the firm.  Brenda spent over six years with Karnopp before leaving to pursue other endeavors in the legal field.  In September 2018 we were excited to have Brenda return to Karnopp as our lead litigation paralegal.  We are honored to have Brenda’s expertise at the firm, and we are pleased to congratulate her on her installation as President of NALS of Oregon.

Brenda’s dedication to the legal field and the NALS organization has earned her recognition among her peers as NALS of Oregon’s President. We recently asked Brenda some questions about her new position and her career involvement with the organization.

An Interview with Brenda Collette, Litigation Paralegal with Karnopp Petersen LLP and NALS of Oregon’s President

Why did you first join NALS?

I joined in 1982.  About a year after graduating high school, I graduated from Merritt Davis Business College with a certification as a legal secretary.  While this gave me a basic education including legal terminology, keyboarding, brief hand, full cycle bookkeeping, etc., it did not give me experience.  There was so much more to learn, and I decided that it was logical to advance my career through networking with experienced individuals and the education offered by NALS.

NALS was originally called the National Association of Legal Secretaries and is a tri-level association with state and local chapters.  The name was changed to the acronym as the legal community evolved and the titles of legal assistant and paralegal became the norm. When you become a member of NALS, you join all three levels of the organization.  I am a member of NALS, NALS of Oregon, and NALS of the Mid-Willamette Valley (currently Treasurer), at present.  Soon I will transfer my membership to Central Oregon Legal Professionals (the local area chapter).

What does being a member mean to you and how has it helped you in your career and work with KP?

My attitude has always been, “The more I know, the more valuable I become.”  NALS has been the underpinning of my career by continually providing me with the skills and confidence to take the next step, and in fact, frequently providing the next step. Shortly after I joined NALS I took the Basic NALS Legal Secretary Course.  The course augmented the basics I learned in business school and passing the course only stimulated my desire to learn more.  Later, I studied for several months and passed the NALS Professional Legal Secretary certification exam. At that time the certification required a two-day, seven-part test including accounting, ethics, practical skills, etc. Soon after it became available, I studied and passed the NALS Professional Paralegal certification exam.  The knowledge I’ve gained through 39 years of continuing education has given me a well-rounded knowledge of how a law office is run from reception to law firm administration. I feel I draw from this knowledge daily, and I owe much of this to NALS.  As important as the knowledge I have gained, is the life-long friends I have made with other members and the ongoing recognition of my peers.  My “NALS pals” have walked alongside me every step down the path of my career (and sometimes hold me up).

How are you chosen to be president of the chapter? Do members nominate and elect you?

To become president, you are required to be a member of the Executive Committee for two years immediately prior to nomination. You are then nominated and elected by a vote of the membership to the office of President-Elect.  After a one-year term, the President-Elect is installed as President.  Currently, I am the President-Elect of NALS of Oregon and will be installed at our Annual Meeting on May 22nd as President.

I am honored that my peers put their confidence in me to lead NALS of Oregon for the next year.  My presidential theme is “Make the Membership Connection—Mission Possible.”

As president, how long is your term? 

It is a one-year term.

As the broader Oregon chapter is the chapter you’ll be presiding over, how does the state chapter interact with regional chapters (i.e. Central Oregon NALS)?

The state association, NALS of Oregon (in existence over 50 years), offers continuing education, membership drives, mentoring, governance, and scholarships to all of its members.  Each local chapter has a director who is a member of the NALS of Oregon Board of Directors and carries the vote of their chapter.  Another benefit is the NALS of Oregon Scholarship Fund, Inc., which fundraises and awards scholarships to members and students several times a year.

How often do you meet and what are some of your initiatives?

Central Oregon Legal Professionals holds monthly meetings and also holds Lunch & Learn classes once a month.  NALS of Oregon holds three meetings a year that include networking opportunities and continuing legal education.

NALS of Oregon will hold its 57th Annual Meeting and Educational Conference (virtually) May 21-22, 2021 during which time, Brenda will be installed as President. Additional information can be found at

About NALS

NALS, Inc.® is dedicated to enhancing the competencies and contributions of members in the legal services profession. It accomplishes its mission and supports the public interest through:
-Continuing legal education and resource materials;
-Networking opportunities at the local, state, regional, and national levels;
-Commitment to a Code of Ethics and professional standards;
-and Professional certification programs and designations.

Members of NALS are bound by the objectives of this association and the standards of conduct required of the legal profession. Every member shall:
-Encourage respect for the law and the administration of justice;
-Observe rules governing privileged communications and confidential information;
-Promote and exemplify high standards of loyalty, cooperation, and courtesy;
-Perform all duties of the profession with integrity and competence; and
-Pursue a high order of professional attainment.




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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