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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.

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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, Esquire 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; or contact Debbie Stacona at the museum at (541) 553-3331; or email  [email protected].

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.

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Karnopp Petersen LLP Announces New Managing Partners


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

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, the 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 board member for the Central Oregon Community
College Foundation, Central Oregon Estate Planning Counsel, U.S. Bank’s Central and
Eastern Oregon Region, and Assistance League of Bend. MacDonald is also 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 Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate
Counsel (ACTEC).

Ellen Grover

Ellen Grover

Erin MacDonald

Erin MacDonald

Karnopp Petersen LLP Announces Election of Two New Partners


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 Nelson, Partner

Annie Nelson, Partner


Jennilyn Aston, Partner

Jennilyn Aston, Partner

Kurt Barker talking about the Oregon Equal Pay Act

Check out attorney Kurt Barker talking about the Oregon Equal Pay Act’s new requirements set to take effect January 2019

Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association (ORLA) names Karnopp Petersen its 2018 Allied Partner of the Year!

Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association (ORLA) names Karnopp Petersen its 2018 Allied Partner of the Year! It has been an honor to work alongside the lodging and tourism industry in Bend and across the state of Oregon to bring the benefits of tourism to local business.

Warm Springs Legal Aid Clinic Launch: A Partnership with Karnopp Petersen LLP

Last year, Howie Arnett, Josh Newton, and Ellen Grover approached LASO with an idea: why not launch a Legal Aid clinic at Warm Springs staffed by Karnopp Petersen attorneys? The clinic launched in April 2018 at the Warm Springs CAT Office, 1136 Paiute Ave.

Rayven Settler, enrolled member of the Yakama Nation, and the office manager for LASO’s Native American Program (NAPOLS), provides outreach and eligibility screening to potential clients two weeks prior to each clinic date. Rayven refers potential clinic clients to Karnopp Petersen for conflict checks, and for those potential clients whose issues do not fall within the clinic scope, she makes the appropriate referral either to the Central Oregon Regional Office of Legal Aid or to NAPOLS. In this way, the clinic model is designed to provide legal services to as many eligible clients as possible.

Clinic overview and dates: Individuals enrolled in a federally recognized tribe or married into the Tribe are eligible for screening with Rayven to determine whether they qualify for legal assistance. To qualify, an individual must meet LASO income requirements.

Qualified individuals are provided a free 45 minute—1 hour consultation with a Karnopp Petersen attorney. The attorney determines at the first meeting if the case will be advice only, brief service, or something more.

Legal issues within the clinic scope include: expungement, consumer law, small claims court preparation, and education issues.

Clinic outreach and eligibility screening:

April 9, June 11, August 13, October 8.

Legal Clinic dates:

April 23, June 25, August 27, October 22.

For more information or to schedule an appointment:

Call Rayven, (971) 703-7108.


Republished with permission from Legal Aid Services of Oregon.