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Graciela Gomez Cowger

Overview

As Chief Executive Officer at Schwabe, I focus on keeping our clients at the center of all we do, leveraging my training as an engineer to deliver efficiencies to our clients and our processes, and bringing diversity of thought to a historically slow-changing industry. 

I practiced as an intellectual property attorney for over 20 years, helping individuals and companies protect innovations in technology and healthcare and build enduring brands. As an IP lawyer, I experienced the rapid rate of change in technology and the ever-increasing flow of data and information. We have never been more interconnected than we are now. I am passionate about finding strategies to help our clients adapt to the ways that these rapid changes impact the markets in which they operate. 

Before joining Schwabe, I served as managing partner at StoFoCo LLP, a firm I started with two other partners. Prior to becoming a lawyer, I was a design and manufacturing engineer for Hewlett-Packard Co. in San Diego. That experience instilled in me a lifelong interest in innovation and process efficiencies and metrics. 

Memberships & Awards

Memberships

  • Providence Health and Services, Oregon Community Ministry Board Member
  • Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber, Co-Chair
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Latinas in the Profession, Former Commissioner
  • Oregon Hispanic Bar Association, Past President and Board Member
  • Oregon Judicial Diversity Coalition, Former Member
  • Oregon Patent Law Association, Past President and Board Member
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Member

Awards

  • Dress for Success, Athena Award Winner (2018)
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year Award, Patent Law (2018)
  • Oregon Super Lawyers (2006-2018)
  • Best Lawyers (2013-2015)
  • Oregon Hispanic Bar Association, Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award (2015)

Resources & Ideas

News

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

Community Activities

Community Activities

Schwabe's culture of respect and camaraderie resonates with my own deeply held values. My communities in both Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon are very important to me. My relationships with clients, family and friends in these communities are at the core of my civic efforts. I have served as Co-chair and Board Member for the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber, Member of the Oregon Community Ministry Board for Providence Health & Services, Commissioner of the Latina Commission for the Hispanic National Bar Association, past President and Board Member for the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association, and past President of the Oregon Patent Law Association.

I was appointed to the State of Washington's Women's Commission to help improve the lives of women in Washington by addressing issues such as domestic violence, childcare and support, sexual discrimination and harassment in the workplace, equal compensation and job pathways in employment, and the specific needs of women of color.

Education

Admissions

Oregon State Courts

Washington State Courts

United States District Court of Oregon

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Outside The Office