John focuses his practice at Karnopp Petersen LLP primarily on representing the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. With John's Federal Indian law expertise and experience in Environmental and Natural Resources Law he represents the Tribe in regulatory proceedings, litigation, government consultations and complex negotiations. John has extensive experience with treaty fishing and hunting rights issues, the Endangered Species Act, Indian water issues, and knowledge of how to navigate the federal and state natural resources legal framework in the Northwest. John represents the Tribe in the ongoing landmark United States vs. Oregon federal court treaty fishing rights case. John recently assisted the Tribe in negotiating historic Columbia River Fish Accords that resolved longstanding disagreements with the federal agencies that own and operate the federal Columbia River hydrosystem. Before becoming a partner at Karnopp Petersen, John spent several years as Senior Counsel for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, and prior to that, practiced in the Yakima Valley assisting the Yakama Nation meet its natural resources objectives. Prior to starting his legal career, John spend several years working as a fisheries biologist for the state of Oregon.
John is an outdoors enthusiast and pursues his passion for hunting, fishing, and exploring the outdoors in any way he can. If not enjoying the bounty of Oregon and the Northwest in his free time, John is likely at a horse show with his wife Annie and their three children, anxiously helping his son learn to ride a dirt bike, or cheering on the Beavers.
Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, J.D, cum laude (1994), Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law.
Oregon State University, B.S, Fisheries (1988).
Professional and Community Activities
Member, Oregon State Bar Indian Law Section
Admitted to Practice
Oregon Federal Court
Washington Federal Court
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals