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Legal Professionals

Legal professionals play a critical role in making Schwabe a top-rated Pacific Northwest law firm and a ‎great place to work. We seek highly motivated team players who are committed to providing superior ‎client service. From paralegals to legal assistants and project managers to office assistants and file ‎clerks, your talent and knowledge will be respected and rewarded at Schwabe. ‎

Current Openings


Staff Positions


File Clerk - Portland

The firm has an opening for a full-time File Clerk in the Portland office.

Duties include inserting paperwork into existing files, keeping correspondence current and in chronological order, organizing and indexing pleadings, creating inserts for other materials to be filed, and searching for missing files. Projects could include working on large cases where documents need to be numbered and organized into binders, and articles of reference that need to be copied and indexed into binders.

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, 401(k) Profit Sharing, transit benefits, tuition reimbursement and more.

Qualified and interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to Melissa Tofell at staffhiring@schwabe.com.


Help Desk Technician - Seattle

The Seattle Office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, PC is looking for a Technical Support Specialist to join our Help Desk team in supporting over 375 users.  The primary responsibilities will be to answer phone calls, log calls in Help Desk ticketing system, and provide technical support to end-users on all of the Firm’s hardware and software, escalating issues to network technicians as needed. The ideal candidate will be able to remain calm under pressure and take pride in seeing problems resolved to completion.

 Requirements:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Solid PC and networking skills relevant to a large business environment
  • Strong troubleshooting skills
  • Experience with remote access technologies and mobile devices
  • Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional ability to work with users of all skill levels
  • Strong knowledge of Windows 10 and Microsoft Office
  • Ability to provide after-hours emergency support on a weekly rotating basis with other support staff.
  • Travel to support other Northwest Office locations will be required.

 Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant IT work
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience
  • Microsoft Office Specialist Certification preferred
  • A+ and Network+ preferred
  • Law firm or professional services experience preferred

 The firm offers a competitive salary and benefits including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, 401(k) and Flexible Spending Account. Schwabe is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 Interested and qualified candidates should submit a resume with salary requirements and ‎cover letter to staffhiring@schwabe.com, including "Technical Support Specialist” in the ‎subject of the email.


Conflicts Specialist - Portland

Scope:

Provides staff assistance in the Records/Conflicts Department by performing conflict searches, updating of conflicts database and matter openings and closure.  Performs data entry on a computer terminal and performs general clerical duties required in the Records/Conflicts Department operation.

Supervision Exercised:

Supervision of other employees is not a responsibility of this position.

Supervision Received:

Works under the supervision of the Records Manager.

Essential Functions: Any single position of a class will not usually involve all the duties listed and many positions will involve duties that are not listed.

  • Performs data entry work on computer terminal by entering new information into conflicts database. Verifies accuracy of data entry by comparing computerized output to source documents.  Performs conflict searches and produces reports for electronic distribution.
  • Processes automated client intake forms. Assigns client and matter numbers.
  • Performs other duties as required including, but not limited to: Reopening of matters, maintenance of will safes, organization of file banks, maintenance of statistics and logs, assisting attorneys and secretaries by responding to telephone and e-mail inquiries.
  • Operates various types of office equipment including laser printers, color label printers, photocopier and fax machine.

Experience and Training

A high school diploma (or equivalent) is required.  Two years of responsible and verifiable work experience in general office or clerical environment.  An equivalent combination of experience and training which insures the ability to perform the work may substitute for the above. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Possesses the interpersonal skills necessary to communicate with a diverse group of attorneys and staff and to handle all dealings with professionalism, courtesy and tact.

Reading and comprehension skills of a high school graduate are required.  Ability to file correspondence, data and legal documents accurately and systematically in accordance with department procedures.  Ability to enter data and text using a standard computer keyboard.  Ability to learn software database programs.  Ability to cooperate with co-workers in accomplishing the goals and deadlines of the department. 

Ability to retrieve and distribute materials weighing up to 35 pounds and ability to retrieve and replace objects from shelves 8 feet high (using step stool) in aisles which are 27-1/2” wide.

Working Conditions

Work requires sitting for extended periods at a computer workstation.  Work frequently requires a high level of mental effort, focus and concentration while performing multiple tasks and duties.

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements ‎to the Records Manager at staffhiring@schwabe.com


Records Clerk - Portland

Scope:

Provides staff assistance in the Records Department by performing file maintenance and updating of file records and file inventory.  Performs data entry on a computer terminal and performs general clerical duties required in the Records Department operation.  Performs file inventory using a portable data terminal.

Supervision Exercised:

Supervision of other employees is not a responsibility of this position.

Supervision Received:

Works under the supervision of the Records Manager.

Essential Functions: Any single position of a class will not usually involve all the duties listed and many positions will involve duties that are not listed.

  • Works on client files in Records Department by retrieving and distributing files at request of attorneys or secretaries, opens and labels new files, sorts files as necessary and closes files according to the firm’s retention policies and procedures.
  • Performs data entry work on computer terminal by entering new information on client-matter files into computerized database and deleting outdated records where appropriate. Verifies accuracy of data entry by comparing computerized output to source documents.  Transcribes and updates information from other sources to computerized records.
  • Performs file inventory using a portable data terminal. Identifies and labels materials to be entered into the records database.
  • Performs other duties as required including, but not limited to: Maintenance of will safes, organization of file banks, maintenance of statistics and logs, assisting attorneys and secretaries by responding to telephone and e-mail inquiries.
  • Operates various types of office equipment including laser printers, color label printers, photocopier and fax machine.

 Experience and Training

A high school diploma (or equivalent) is required.  Two years of responsible and verifiable work experience in general office or clerical environment.  An equivalent combination of experience and training which insures the ability to perform the work may substitute for the above. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Possesses the interpersonal skills necessary to communicate with a diverse group of attorneys and staff and to handle all dealings with professionalism, courtesy and tact.

Reading and comprehension skills of a high school graduate are required.  Ability to file correspondence, data and legal documents accurately and systematically in accordance with department procedures.  Ability to enter data and text using a standard computer keyboard.  Ability to learn software database programs.  Ability to cooperate with co-workers in accomplishing the goals and deadlines of the department. 

Ability to retrieve and distribute materials weighing up to 35 pounds and ability to retrieve and replace objects from shelves 8 feet high (using step stool) in aisles which are 27-1/2” wide.

Working Conditions

Work requires sitting for extended periods at a computer workstation.  Work frequently requires a high level of mental effort, focus and concentration while performing multiple tasks and duties.

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter ‎to the Records Manager at staffhiring@schwabe.com


Business & Corporate Legal Assistant - Portland

The firm has an opening for a full-time experienced Legal Secretary/Assistant in its Business and Corporate practice group in the Portland office.

 This position requires 3+ years of experience with business and corporate law, strong secretarial skills, strong computer skills, and a high level of organization and accuracy with attention to detail. The successful candidate will be able to turn work around quickly, possess strong oral and written communication skills and be a self-starter with a positive attitude who enjoys a fast paced, team environment.

High school diploma or GED required. Legal secretary training and/or certification desirable but not essential. Any satisfactory combination of experience and education will be considered.

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Melissa Tofell, Legal Support Services Manager at staffhiring@schwabe.com.


Intellectual Property Paralegal - Portland

The firm has an opening for a Paralegal in the Intellectual Property practice group in the Portland Office. Required skills include 1+ years of current IP paralegal experience, excellent organizational abilities, communication skills, and attention to detail. Experience with U.S. patent prosecution required. Foreign patent prosecution preferred and Trademark experience is a plus. College degree or Paralegal Certificate required. Any satisfactory combination of experience and education will be considered. Competitive salary and excellent benefits package.

 Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Melissa Tofell, Legal Support Services Manager, at staffhiring@schwabe.com.


Litigation Legal Secretary/Assistant - Seattle

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is seeking a full-time Litigation Legal Secretary/Assistant for its Seattle office. 

The successful candidate will have an ownership mentality of their work product and ‎partnership ‎with timekeepers, high client service acumen, and enjoy working in a team ‎environment. ‎‎Strong computer research skills, a high level of organization and accuracy, and an ‎attention to detail are ‎also essential. ‎

Additional skills include:‎

‎*‎ Ability to meet deadlines and turn work around quickly ‎
‎*‎ Strong professional oral and written communication ‎
‎*‎ Experience with scheduling meetings, tracking calendars and arranging travel for ‎3+
   timekeepers‎
‎*‎ General administrative responsibilities including, expense reports, time entry and ‎typing
   correspondence

Preferred Computer Skills:‎

‎*‎ Microsoft office suite, including Work, Excel, Outlook and Power Point
‎*‎ Interaction
‎*‎ Filesite
‎*‎ Metastorm
*‎ Elite
*‎ Carpe Diem

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits ‎including medical, dental, ‎life, LTD, 401(k)/profit sharing retirement, profit sharing bonus, ‎tuition reimbursement, EAP, and transit ‎subsidy.‎


Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: ‎staffhiring@schwabe.com ‎ 


Contact Us


Katje Chiller
Chief Talent Officer
kchiller@schwabe.com
Direct: 503-796-2467‎