For more than 20 years, Schwabe attorneys
have remained committed to serving Vancouver, Clark
County, and all of Southwest Washington through a dedicated
involvement in civic, charitable and professional organizations.
We believe in developing professional and personal relationships
which benefit our clients as well as the community in
which we live and work. Schwabe’s Vancouver
legal team offers a full spectrum of legal services to assist
both emerging and established companies in responding
to today’s business environment.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution.
Schwabe’s litigation practice emphasizes commercial
and business disputes, construction, employment, probate,
real estate -- including boundary and easement disputes
-- environmental, and land use matters. Our litigators
have a notable depth of experience in jury and bench
trials, arbitrations, administrative procedures, mediations
and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
Real Estate, Land Use and Construction.
Our lawyers represent developers, builders, landlords,
investors and owners of real estate projects, including
residential, commercial, industrial, resort, and mixed
use, both urban and suburban. Our lawyers are fully
involved in key real estate and construction industry
trade organizations that benefit our clients. We also
handle constitutional claims affecting landowners’
rights including free speech, due process, takings and
Employment and Labor. We represent
both private and public sector employers in all aspects
of employment law and labor relations. Our employment lawyers advise management
in a broad spectrum of employment matters, including
discrimination cases, wrongful termination litigation,
and wage and hour issues. While our practice emphasizes
preventive counseling to avoid claims, our labor group
also has extensive trial experience.
Estate Planning and Probate. Our estate
planning lawyers design simple and complex estate plans,
solve sophisticated tax problems, and identify and settle
issues in estate and trust administration. For individuals
and institutions faced with the complicated responsibilities
of acting as trustees of a will or trust, Schwabe lawyers
can act as guides and advisors to the probate and trust
Business Formation and Transactions.
We have broad-based experience with the laws and business
practices affecting businesses and entrepreneurs in
an expansive range of industries. Our practice includes
business formation and corporate governance.
Municipal Law and Government Relations.
Our attorneys are experienced in representing Washington
cities and special purpose municipal districts for over
20 years. We advise these entities generally, in their
day-to-day activities, including public meetings and
public disclosure, contracting, interlocal agreements
and municipal powers. We also consult in more specialized
areas such as land use, condemnation, industrial development
districts and bonds, and environmental law. The insight
we can provide in this area of law is a “big picture”
analysis which includes all aspects of an issue, from
legal advice to political considerations.