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.
Richard T. Wright – Attorney at Law
Rich Wright, J.D. graduated from Marquette University Law School in 1996, where he was the recipient of the pro bono award for his work to help seniors and those in need obtain medical coverage. Rich is licensed in Minnesota, Washington, and Wisconsin. His experience includes criminal prosecution and defense, family law, landlord-tenant, insurance defense, personal injury, intellectual property, employment, contracts, military, trust and estate, and discrimination. Rich is active in our community and has served on a number of local boards and volunteered for a variety of organizations in an effort to make our community a stronger, better, place for all.
Manal Abbadi – Paralegal
Manal Abbadi graduated from Winona State University in May of 2018. She majored in Legal Studies with an emphasis on government and non-government organizations. Manal volunteered and interned with LAOC for over a year before joining our team as a paralegal in April of 2018. Manal is originally from Rochester and graduated from Mayo High School in 2014. In addition to working at LAOC, Manal is serving on the Human Rights Commission of Olmsted County and enjoys volunteering throughout Olmsted County.
Kayleen Asmu Abbadi – Volunteer Coordinator, Attorney at Law
Kayleen Asmus, J.D. graduated in 2018 from the University of Iowa College of Law, where she worked as a research assistant in the Writing Resource Center and was a student writer for the Journal of Corporation Law. Kayleen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado State University with a major in English and minor in History. Kayleen is licensed to practice law in both Minnesota and Iowa.
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.