Gunnar Haugen, CPA, JD

Brent Laird, CPA

Senior Tax Manager

Gunnar joined the Kernutt Stokes team in January 2021 and serves as a senior tax manager from the firm’s Bend office. He has experience in tax planning and compliance for private and public companies, with a particular focus on acquisitions, dispositions, and restructurings of US companies with international operations and foreign companies with operations and real estate investments in the US. He works with a number of industries, including technology, manufacturing, real estate, and life sciences.

Prior to joining Kernutt Stokes, Gunnar worked in the national tax department of Ernst & Young in Chicago, IL, providing tax consulting services related to cross-border mergers and acquisitions and international operations. He also spent time at a Chicago law firm where he provided income tax planning related to real estate investments, as well as time at Moss Adams in Portland, OR, providing tax compliance and planning services for privately held corporations and partnerships.

Raised in Bend, Oregon, Gunnar and his wife, Teresa, have a two-year old son. In his free time, he enjoys lifting kettlebells and cheering on the Oregon Ducks and the Bears, his adopted Chicago sports team.


  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – Oregon and Illinois


  • University of Oregon
    • Bachelor of Science and Master’s in Accounting
  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
    • Juris Doctor (magna cum laude)
    • LLM in taxation