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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.