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.

BEND, OR (August 21, 2020) — Karnopp Petersen LLP is pleased to announce the following attorneys have been included in the 2021 edition of  The Best Lawyers in America:

  • Howard G. Arnett – Native American Law – Recognized by Best Lawyers 15 times since first listed in 2007.
  • Kurt E. Barker – Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment – Recognized by Best Lawyers 10 times since first listed in 2012.
  • Ellen H. Grover – Energy Law, Land Use, Zoning Law, and Native American Law – Recognized by Best Lawyers five times since first listed in 2016.
  • Josh Newton – Commercial Litigation – Recognized by Best Lawyers five times since first listed in 2017.
  • Thomas J. Sayeg – Trusts and Estates – Recognized by Best Lawyers 14 times since first listed in 2008.

“It is an honor to have our attorneys recognized again by their peers as being exceptional in each of their respective areas of practice,” says Karnopp Petersen, Managing Partner, Erin MacDonald. “We have a strong team here at Karnopp and being recognized by Best Lawyers year after year is a testament to that.”

Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 75 countries.

Best Lawyers was founded in 1981 with the purpose of highlighting the extraordinary accomplishments of those in the legal profession. After three decades, we are proud to continue to serve as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals worldwide,” says CEO Phillip Greer.

Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers based on professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

To learn more about the attorneys at Karnopp Petersen visit www.karnopp.com.  For information about Best Lawyers visit www.bestlawyers.com.

 

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 www.karnopp.com to learn more.

 

BEND, OR — Karnopp Petersen LLP is pleased to announce that for the 10th year, the firm has been ranked in “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®.

Firms included in the 2020 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Almost 16,000 lawyers provided more than 1,229,000 law firm assessments and more than 12,000 clients participated in providing 107,000 evaluations.

To be eligible for a ranking, a firm 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. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

Karnopp Petersen has five lawyers listed in The Best Lawyers in America – Howard G. ArnettKurt E. BarkerEllen H. GroverJosh Newton, and Thomas J. Sayeg.

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

Karnopp Petersen LLP is regionally ranked in Eugene in five practice areas, achieving tier 1 ranking in Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management, Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation – Labor & Employment and tier 2 ranking in Trusts & Estates Law.

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

The 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting www.bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

 

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.

 

About “Best Law Firms”

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in the field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a 2020 ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer recognized in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America list for that particular location and specialty.

 

It’s a new day for Oregon employers… and nursing moms! As of September 29, 2019, House Bill 2593 became effective, calling on every employer to provide nursing mothers with a reasonable (generally unpaid) rest period to express milk.  And those breaks must be provided each time the employee has a need to express milk.

The head of KP’s employment law department, Kurt Barker, recently covered this new law and much more in front of a record-setting crowd for HRACO (Human Resources Association of Central Oregon).

Here are two slides from Kurt’s September 18 HRACO legal update about all the new laws rolling in over the next year:

2019 Oregon Legislation Key Dates

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.

 

Oregon’s 79th Legislative Assembly wrapped up its 2018 session early, on March 3 (before the Constitutionally-required sine die on March 11).  The session produced few laws that will have a direct impact on employers, managers or human resource professionals.  Here are the few that made the transition into law:

HB 4154:  Makes contractor liable for unpaid wages, including benefit payments or contributions, of employee of subcontractor at any tier. Permits a joint labor management committee and certain third parties to bring action on behalf of wage claimant against contractor.  PASSED in amended form

SB 1559:  Directs state agencies to establish procedures for employees to anonymously disclose certain information.  Expands reporting channels and protection for whistleblowing by public employees.  PASSED in amended form.

It also could be of interest that some gun-related legislation was passed, and signed on March 5 by Governor Kate Brown.  That new law expands the prohibition of gun ownership to include people convicted of domestic violence against non-married intimate partners (closing the so-called “boyfriend loophole”), and blocks people convicted of misdemeanor stalking from owning a gun.

 

Thanks for staying tuned.  Watch for more posts from our employment law team!

 

Kurt Barker, Jon Napier, and Ben Eckstein