Karen B. Dawson, Attorney at Law

Karen B. Dawson, Attorney at Law

My Dad didn’t want me to go to law school.  He thought I had a gift for teaching and should therefore become a math teacher.  But I wanted to help people negotiate their way through sticky situations and complex problems.  Little did we know that as an estate lawyer I could be both a problem solver and a teacher.  And now that I have helped my dear Dad plan his own estate, he seems pleased to have an attorney in the family.    

Both my Mom and Dad helped me to get a top rate education.  Before graduating from Claremont McKenna College in California (B.A. cum laude with a dual major in American Studies and Math 1989), I was able to attend summer school at Harvard College and a semester abroad at La Sorbonne in Paris.  Then I worked and travelled a couple of years before enrolling at Columbia Law School in New York City (J.D. 1994).  I married my sweetheart half way through law school and when he started his studies at UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, I completed my credits there and graduated from Columbia.

My husband and I started a family in California – a pathway that would sooner or later pull us home to the Northwest.  Altogether we stayed in the Bay Area for six wonderful years – six years full of sunshine, babies and hard work (I was an immigration attorney, he was a litigator).  But California was neither close enough to home nor affordable so we moved to Oregon.  My husband partnered with his Dad (thus creating Dawson Law Group, P.C.) and I threw myself into being a full-time parent, school volunteer and help-mate.  

In 2007, I opened the Law Office of Karen B Dawson PC, a firm solely devoted to estate planning and administration.  Owning my own practice has proven to be an exciting time of personal growth, intellectual stimulation and above all a reawakening of my passion for law.  Estate planning and administration is a wonderful area in which I can be both a teacher and a creative problem solver.

In this technological age, my firm is both small and large.  My small staff keeps my overhead low and allows me to focus on what I do best – providing attentive, personal legal service.  And thanks to advances in technology, I have the resources of a larger firm at my fingertips through access to a collegiate group of peers (the proverbial “partner down the hall”) within Oregon and across the nation.   



  • Oregon State Bar since 2003
  • State Bar of California since 1994
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Wealth Counsel, LLC - a nationwide collaboration of trust and estate attorneys who are devoted to promoting the highest caliber of estate planning products and client service.
  • Blue Heron Chapter of National Charity League  (Board of Directors 2010-2012)
  • School Representative to the Talented and Gifted Advisory Committee to Lake Oswego School Board (2004-2006)
  • Co-Founder and Treasurer of the Lake Oswego Talented and Gifted PTA "LOTAG PTA" (2005-2006)


When not at work, I’m probably cheering for the Ducks, skiing, camping or reading a book.

Karen B. Dawson, Attorney
Colleen Moore, Assistant

Law Office of Karen B. Dawson, PC
5695 Hood Street
West Linn, OR 97068
Phone: 503-303-7473

The Law Office of Karen B. Dawson assists clients in West Linn, Oregon as well as in Lake Oswego, Oregon City, Portland, Dunthorpe, Tigard, Milwaukie, Gladstone, Tualatin, Clackamas, Wilsonville, Happy Valley, Canby, Beaverton, Sherwood, and other areas in Clackamas County, Washington County and Multnomah County.

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