Karen Fairbairn Nath – Executive Director & Volunteer Coordinator, Attorney at Law

Karen Fairbairn Nath, J.D. graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1988. She practiced labor/employment law at Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis before she went in-house and worked in the Holiday Companies’ Legal Department. Karen then took a lengthy hiatus from the practice of law to raise and homeschool her two children. Karen is originally from Rochester and graduated from John Marshall High School in 1979; she graduated magna cum laude from St. Olaf College in 1983. In addition to working at LAOC, Karen is an active member of the Friends of the Rochester Public Library. She enjoys running, cooking, time with her family and her collies.

Peter A. Foss – Attorney at Law

Peter A. Foss, J.D. graduated in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he participated in clinical programs including the Wisconsin Innocence Project and the Public Defender Project.  Prior to joining LAOC in December 2014, Peter gained a variety of legal experience working as an associate attorney at small law offices in Wisconsin and Massachusetts and also as a temporary attorney working on large-scale corporate litigation projects in Washington, D.C.  He has practiced in multiple areas including criminal defense, family law, landlord-tenant, bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, personal injury, corporate fraud litigation, and FCPA investigations.  Peter received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pacific Lutheran University in 2001, majoring in Communications (emphasis print journalism) with a minor in Philosophy.  Outside of work, he enjoys travel, reading, hiking, music, and recreational sports.

Michelle D. Dobson – Attorney at Law

Michelle D. Dobson, J.D. graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2011, where she earned a Certificate in Advocacy, received two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards, and participated as a student representative at the Federal Low-Income Tax Clinic. Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007, with a double-major in Political Science and Psychology, and a minor in Spanish. Prior to joining LAOC in August of 2015, she was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Jean Prendergast-Rooney in the Circuit Court of Cook County, worked as a financial advisor, and practiced in the areas of taxation, trusts and estates, and elder law. Michelle is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and Illinois, and is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Olmsted County Bar Association. She is also an active volunteer with Wills for Heroes and the AARP Tax-Aide Program.

Jacob P. Roberts – Attorney at Law

Jacob P. Roberts, J.D. Graduated in 2015 from DePaul University School of Law, where he was a member of the Health Care Law Institute and a staff writer for the DePaul Law Journal of Health Care Law. Jacob received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University with majors in Philosophy, History, and Political Science. Jacob Is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and Illinois. Prior to joining LAOC, he practiced family law in Chicago, IL. During Law school he was a Law Clerk with the U.S. EPA Criminal Investigations Division. Outside of work he enjoys travelling, athletics, and spending time with his family.

Kristy Arndt Turner – Office Administrator

Kristy Turner started working as the LAOC Office Administrator in 2008.  Kristy is responsible for all bookkeeping, grant invoicing and billing, and payroll, as well as maintaining the office client databases.  Previously, she worked for 16 years as a legal assistant for attorney Mary Alice Richardson.  Outside of LAOC, Kristy works for a local farm operation and is the volunteer Service Unit Manager for the Kasson-Mantorville Girl Scout Service Unit.

Erica C. Magner – Paralegal & Receptionist

Erica C. Magner graduated from Winona State University with an ABA-approved Paralegal degree and a minor in History. While in school, Erica was a member of the Paralegal Association as well as Habitat for Humanity. Erica was previously a Human Resources Assistant at TRW Automotive before she accepted the paralegal and receptionist position with Legal Assistance of Olmsted County. Erica is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin before making the move to Minnesota for school and work. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and camping.