Since opening our Seattle office in 1983, Schwabe
attorneys have had a special commitment to serving the State of
Washington by offering a broad spectrum of legal services to assist
both emerging and established companies in responding to today's
accelerated business environment. We develop professional and personal
relationships that benefit our clients and the community.
Real Estate, Land Use, Construction, and Condemnation.
We offer the full spectrum of legal services from project inception
to completion. Responding to increasing client needs, the real estate
and land use practice group has strategically grown in breadth and
depth. In an age of increasing regulation, we provide comprehensive,
proactive, and team-oriented legal services to commercial and residential
land developers, including acquisition strategies and due diligence,
purchase and sale agreements, easements and covenants, entitlement
and permitting, land use appeals and litigation, risk management,
and project financing.
Closely Held Businesses. Schwabe business lawyers
provide high quality legal services efficiently to closely held
businesses and their owners. Our business lawyers have broad experience
in the variety of legal issues that come up for businesses, from
how to draft a tight contract, to protecting intellectual property,
to issues involving executives and employees. We also have many
years of experience successfully accomplishing major transactions
like raising capital from investors, acquisitions, and ownership
transitions. We can provide the right level of legal service for
your company, whether your business is a small start-up or well-established
player in the Pacific Northwest region.
International Business. We advise clients on international
sales and distribution arrangements, protecting intellectual property
in different countries, export control compliance, and cross-border
direct investments. We have represented many companies from Canada,
China, Australia, and the UK acquire or establish business operations
in the Pacific Northwest. We provide a full range of immigration
services for immigrant investors and for companies assigning non-US
employees to positions in the United States.
Intellectual Property. Schwabe assists large corporations,
small- and medium-sized businesses, and individuals in securing,
protecting, and exploiting their intellectual property rights in
the U.S. and in other countries. Our intellectual property and patent
attorneys provide a full range of services in patent, trade secret,
trademark, and copyright matters, including counseling, prosecution,
litigation, dispute resolution, licensing, and technology transfer.
Schwabe lawyers are intellectual property strategists and serve
in the role of trusted advisor to our clients, from the early planning
stages, through development and commercialization, to licensing
and sale. We can help clients with virtually any intellectual property
matter that arises in their business, including enforcing their
intellectual property rights through litigation or defending them
against infringement claims.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution. Schwabe's trial
lawyers have a notable depth of experience in jury and bench trials,
arbitrations, administrative procedures, mediations, other alternative
dispute resolution proceedings, and appeals. Our litigation practice
emphasizes commercial and business disputes, product liability defense,
mass tort and classaction litigation and construction, employment,
probate, real estate, environmental, and land use matters. We serve
the needs of professionals in defending against claims alleging
malpractice and licensure matters. We also provide advice and litigation
services in the areas of insurance, complex litigation, and extracontractual
Employment and Labor. We represent both private
and public sector employers in all aspects of employment law and
labor relations. We advise management in a diverse range of employment
matters, including discrimination cases, harassment charges, wrongful
termination litigation, and wage and hour issues. While our practice
emphasizes preventive counseling to avoid claims, our employment
and labor group has extensive counseling and trial experience in
Financial Services. Schwabe provides legal services
to savings and loans, branches of foreign banks, insurance companies,
mortgage banking companies, commercial finance companies, equipment
lessors, securities brokers, servicing firms and related companies.
These services include transactional support, corporate finance,
corporate governance, and litigation services. We also provide services
in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities litigation,
bankruptcy, and tax.
Maritime, Transportation, and Admiralty. Schwabe
has been serving the maritime industry in the Puget Sound region
for almost 25 years. Whether the issue is an injured sea worker
filing under the Jones Act or a business owner deciding whether
to buy another company or vessel, we have the knowledge and experience
supprting clients throughout the Northwest.