Karen B. Dawson, Attorney at Law

Karen B. Dawson, Attorney at Law

My Dad didn’t want me to be a lawyer.  He thought the world had enough lawyers already.  He wanted me to teach math.  But I saw law school as a way to learn how the world works.  I wanted to help people solve complex problems and negotiate their way through sticky situations.  Little did we know that as an estate lawyer I could be both a creative problem solver and a teacher. 

Before I came to estate planning, I worked as an immigration lawyer in San Francisco.  I loved the work and I loved the clients.  However, when my family moved to Oregon, I tapped into a wonderful group of colleagues and discovered estate planning.   In 2007, I opened my practice devoted solely to estate planning and administration.  Owning my own firm has proven to be an exciting time of personal growth, intellectual stimulation and above all a reawakening of my passion for law.  

My small staff keeps overhead low and allows me to focus on what I do best – providing attentive, personal legal service.   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


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Colleen graduated from Whitman College in 2016 where she majored in English and minored in Politics. Back home in Oregon, she has been heavily involved in 4-H, and in several community service organizations, including the Clark Men’s Shelter, the Oregon Humane Society and Paws for Love Therapy Dogs.  Colleen is excited to be learning the ins and outs of estate planning. 

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