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Karen B Dawson

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Estate Planning - Trusts - Wills - Health Care Directives - Probate - Trust Administration


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Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 30%
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
  3. Probate: 30%
  4. Business: 10%



Hourly ($250/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Holly Anne Gibbons

    Karen is compassionate and knowledgeable in the area of estate planning. She makes her clients feel comfortable, and she explains the process exceedingly well. Karen is well respected, and I highly recommend her to anyone with estate planning needs.


    Holly Gibbons Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Eden Rose Brown

    Early on in Karen's estate planning career I had the delightful opportunity to serve as one of her professional mentors. I was impressed by her quick grasp of the legal technical aspects of estate planning as well as her adoption of a values-based approach to understanding her clients goals and concerns. Karen is now flying beautifully on her own and is a caring, compassionate estate planning attorney who cares deeply for her clients' well-being. She has a world-class education from some of the country's top universities. She is a brilliant Phi Beta Kappa and a life-long learner who constantly strives to stay at the top of her field. Despite her top-drawer education and many awards, Karen remains wonderfully modest and is always kind and considerate. I endorse Karen wholeheartedly; she's one of the best attorneys I know and I'm proud to have her as a colleague.


    Eden Brown Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Office of Karen B. Dawson PC

5695 Hood St
Hood Street Professional Bldg
West Linn, OR, 97068-3235


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Phi Beta KappaPhi Beta Kappa1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Estate Planning AttorneyLaw Office of Karen B. Dawson PC2007 - Present
StaffDawson Law Group P.C.2002 - Present
AttorneyFallon, Bixby & Cheng1995 - 1996
AttorneyCrosland, Strand & Freeman1994 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Wealth Counsel LLCMember2007 - Present
Oregon State Bar - Estate Planning SectionMember2007 - Present
Oregon State BarActive member2003 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1994 - Present
National Charity League - Blue Heron ChapterBoard member2010 - 2012
National Charity LeagueMember2009 - 2014
Financial Planning Association - Columbia ChapterMember2008 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Administration of the J Living TrustRecovered close to full payment on note plus legal fees
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia University School of LawBusiness and Tax LawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Claremont McKenna CollegeMathematics and American StudiesB.A. cum laude1989
University of California - BerkeleyVisiting law student 1993-1994N/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Riverside ForumTrust v. Wills - Making an Educated Choice2016
Riverside ForumPreparing your family with Estate Planning2015
Riverside ForumPreparing your family with Estate Planning2015
Portland Community College - Personal Financial Planning ClassBasics of Estate Planning2011
Evergreen Investment Club12 Mistakes to Avoid in Estate Planning2009