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Karen M Oakes

Karen M Oakes

Practice areas:

Bankruptcy & Debt, Lawsuits & Disputes, Debt Collection, Debt Settlement

About Me

Karen Oakes raised five children as a single parent. In 1989, she attended Shasta College where she obtained five 2-year degrees/certificates. After graduation in 1991, she moved to Virginia. While in Virginia, she obtained an undergraduate degree from Averett College. Following graduation from Averett in 1995, she and the family relocated to Idaho, where Ms. Oakes attended University of Idaho College of Law. She graduated with her juris doctorate in 1998 and relocated yet again—this time to Klamath Falls, Oregon.


Since arriving in Klamath Falls, she has worked for the 13th Judicial Circuit Court (as a law clerk for the judges), the Klamath County District Attorney’s Office (as a deputy district attorney), and Oregon Institute of Technology (as adjunct teaching faculty). Since 2001, she has operated her own law practice. In 2004, the practice has focused solely on bankruptcy and consumer protection issues


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 70%
    11 years
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 15%
    11 years
  3. Debt Collection: 10%
    10 years
  4. Debt Settlement: 5%
    11 years



Hourly ($300-375/hour), Contingent (30-50%), Free Consultation (15 minutes)

Payment Types:


Attorney Endorsements

15 total 

  • Christina Latta Henry

    I endorse this lawyer. Karen has vast knowledge about all areas of consumer bankruptcy and will look at other consumer law issues too for her clients. Her experience and knowledge cannot be surpassed in her field.


    Christina Henry Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Kim Sue Covington

    Karen is very knowledgeable and experienced in bankruptcy and debtor rights. She will zealously advocate for her clients and get them an excellent outcome. I highly recommend Karen for a client considering a FDCPA violation case, and / or bankruptcy-related issues.


    Kim Covington Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Oakes Law Offices, P.C.

1730 E. McAndrews, Ste B
Medford, OR, 97504

Oakes Law Offices, P.C.

6502 South 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR, 97603




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Fellow, Oregon State Bar Leadership CollegeOregon State Bar2006
1997 Outstanding Young AmericanOutstanding Americans1997

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerOakes Law Offices, P.C.2011 - Present
Justice of the PeaceKlamath County Justice Court2005 - Present
attorneyLaw Office of Karen M. Oakes, P.C.2001 - 2011
Deputy District AttorneyKlamath County District Attorney's Office1999 - 2001
Law clerkKlamath County Circuit Court/State of Oregon1998 - 1999

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Chapter 13 TrusteesAssociate Member2010 - Present
Bankruptcy Law NetworkMember2007 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember2005 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember2004 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2004 - Present
American Bar Associationmember2002 - Present
Oregon State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Negative Equity Can Be Stripped From Car Loan Balance in Chapter 13 casesDebtor WINS!!! (In re Riach, 2008 WL 474384 (Bankr.D.Or.2008)

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Publication NameTitleDate
ABA Section of Business LawWorking Paper: Best Practices for Debtors' Attorneys2008

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Idaho College of LawLawjuris doctor1998
Averett CollegeBusiness AdministrationBBA1995

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
NACBA Annual ConferenceEvidence2010
NACBA Annual ConferenceEvidence2009
Klamath County Senior Citizens' CenterIdentity Theft - How to Protect Yourself2008