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Karen M Oakes

also known as Oakes Law Offices, P.C.

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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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


Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 50%
    14 years
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
    18 years
  3. Lawsuits & Disputes: 15%
    18 years
  4. Debt Settlement: 7%
    14 years
  5. Other: 8%
  6. More 



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

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Craig William Andresen

    Karen has helped me when I have sought her advice about how to solve a problem for a bankruptcy client. She is knowledgeable, thoughtful, and has a keen legal mind. I have often seen Karen speak at conventions and she always knocks their socks off. I endorse her strongly.


    Craig Andresen Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
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  • Chip Parker

    I have known Karen professionally for over a decade, and I routinely seek her advice on complex bankruptcy matters. She is known nationally among consumer bankruptcy lawyers, often speaking at national conventions.


    Chip Parker Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
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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 LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Averett CollegeBusiness AdministrationOther - Bachelors1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NACBA Annual ConferenceStudent Loans and Bankruptcy2015
NACBA Annual ConferenceMeans Test2014
Student Loan Law Workshop - Las VegasBankruptcy and Student Loans2013
Fall WorkshopTo Retain or Not to Retain, Client Contracts2012
NACBA Annual ConferenceThe 4 W's Of Claims and Reaffirmation Agreements2011
NACBA Annual ConferenceEvidence2010
NACBA Annual ConferenceEvidence2009
Klamath County Senior Citizens' CenterIdentity Theft - How to Protect Yourself2008