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Lateral attorneys are an integral part of Schwabe’s culture and success, and often become leaders in ‎both their practice areas and the firm as a whole. We seek laterals who desire to build long-term client ‎relationships, provide outstanding legal services and work collaboratively with other Schwabe lawyers. ‎

When you join Schwabe as a lateral attorney, we commit to do everything possible to ensure your ‎smooth transition. Working closely with you, we will develop an individualized integration plan that ‎focuses on your unique strengths and practice development goals. Among other things, we will:

  • Facilitate introductions with lawyers in complementary practice areas
  • Coordinate announcements to your current clients and contacts
  • Connect you with a mentor and an advisor
  • Provide training in firm technology and practices
  • Cross-sell your practice to existing Schwabe clients
  • Provide the client service and support you need to retain and expand your current client relationships
  • Welcome you at firm social events

Current Openings

For more information, contact Michelle Baird-Johnson, Director of Talent Acquisition and Integration at

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Professional Development

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt supports attorneys’ professional development goals through firm-paid attendance at Continuing Legal Education (CLE), in-house CLE sessions and practice-specific training.

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt’s mentor program is designed to provide a mentor for each new associate and lateral associate joining the firm. The mentor is a more senior associate who can help facilitate integration into the firm and practice groups.

Mentor assignments last for six months or longer, and each mentor and mentee have specific, achievable goals by which to measure progress during that time. The firm has designated a shareholder who is in charge of mentoring and supporting mentor relationships.

NALP Forms

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is a member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). As part of this membership, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt adheres to all NALP guidelines concerning summer associates and new associate offers of employment.

Click on the links below to view the firm’s current NALP forms.

Multiple Offices NALP Form (PDF)

 Seattle NALP Form (PDF)

Our Attorneys Say

‎”When I joined Schwabe, I was looking for a place where I could grow. I’ve found just that—genuinely ‎supportive colleagues, a brand and reputation that clients trust, and a culture that understands my drive to ‎be the best I can be.” - Brenna Legaard, Industry Group Leader

‎“When I was looking to join a firm to grow and expand my existing intellectual property practice, Schwabe provided ‎the perfect mix of congenial culture and superb reputation. Everyone at Schwabe has been incredibly gracious and ‎welcoming, and my existing clients have been thrilled to follow me to the best intellectual property group in the ‎region.“ - Graciela Cowger

“I joined Schwabe because it perfectly fit the bill for my needs. Schwabe is focused on serving and growing in the Northwest rather than trying to be a national firm. Schwabe is a great place to practice real estate law. My colleagues at Schwabe help one another to grow and the culture is very conducive to wanting to be here and wanting to work hard. I was most pleasantly surprised by how much the lawyers here really work together, help each other out and generally interact. The firm is thoughtful about growth and encourages and supports people in business planning. This was the right move for me, my clients and my practice.” – Michael Robinson, Shareholder

Contact Us

Michelle Baird-Johnson
Director of Talent Acquisition and Integration
Direct: 503-796-2484