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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


Litigation Legal Secretary/Assistant – Portland

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is seeking a full-time Legal Assistant for our Portland office in the Litigation Department.

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, an attention to detail, and strong litigation experience, including detailed knowledge of the Federal  Rules of Civil Procedure and local rules, and similar experience with Oregon state court practice and rules.   

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
  • College degree, plus at least 5 years of recent legal experience preferred. Any satisfactory combination of experience and education will be considered.

Preferred Computer Skills:

  • Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Interaction
  • Elite
  • FileSite
  • Intapp

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

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt provides a team-oriented working environment, offering competitive salaries and excellent benefits including medical, dental, ‎life, LTD, 401(k)/profit sharing retirement, tuition reimbursement, EAP, transit ‎subsidy, and paid time off.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ‎ancestry, national origin, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other status protected ‎by law.


Research Librarian / Analyst – Portland

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is seeking an experienced full-time Research Librarian/Analyst in its downtown Portland office.

As part of the Research & Library Services (RLS) team, in conjunction with the Knowledge Management (KM) Department, the Research Librarian/Analyst provides legal and business research and reference services for the firm’s attorneys and staff, assists users in the selection of research tools, develops tutorials and guides, and provides online and in-person training. Additionally, the Research Librarian/Analyst performs public records research and makes recommendations regarding potential clients in accordance with confidential firm procedures.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide legal and business research services including reference interviews, in-depth information retrieval, evaluation, and synthesis based on the specific needs of the requestor.
  • Provide reference services including document delivery, selection of appropriate resources, password maintenance, interlibrary loans, and other reference tasks as assigned.
  • Generate packages of background information on potential individual and business clients, evaluate risk, and make recommendations based on established guidelines and procedures.
  • Maintain a familiarity with research and legal workflow resources, including discovering and evaluating new information sources.
  • Support the education and training on research databases, forms, and other resources managed by the KM department.
  • In conjunction with other KM staff, develop training materials, tutorials and guides.
  • Support the business and competitive intelligence research staff as needed.
  • Support the knowledge management staff and initiatives as needed.
  • Perform library maintenance tasks which may include checking in and routing periodicals, labeling books, maintaining records in internal databases, shelving books, and transitioning from print to electronic resources.
  • Process new materials and maintain currency.
  • Contribute to collection development by identifying and evaluating resources.
  • Coordinate ordering of requested resources.
  • Market research services and offerings to all attorneys and staff.
  • Assist as requested with audit procedures.
  • Provide backup coverage for other department staff.
  • Assist the Director with administrative responsibilities as assigned.

Competencies:

  • Knowledge of basic legal reference resources and excellent online research skills including Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg, courts and dockets, business and corporate databases, public records databases, and other online and internet resources.
  • Must possess a thorough knowledge of library systems and databases as normally acquired through a Master's degree in library and information science.
  • Experience with web-based online public access catalogs.
  • Proficient with multiple computer applications, especially Microsoft Office and Adobe.
  • Highly dependable, punctual, and able to provide high-quality service in a fast-paced environment; highly developed service orientation.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as a team member.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills; must have the ability to retain and manage a high level of detail.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate effectively with a diverse group of attorneys and staff and provide information with ordinary courtesy and tact.
  • Must be able to understand and follow law office procedures.
  • Must be able to quickly prepare and deliver written and verbal reports to attorneys, staff, and management.
  • Ability to operate general office equipment efficiently.
  • Ability to retrieve and distribute print volumes, push and pull carts of books, equipment, and packages weighing up to 40 pounds and ability to retrieve and replace objects from shelves of up to 7-8 feet high.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Masters in Library/Information Science or JD required.
  • One year of professional law library experience, preferably in a research role. Law firm experience highly preferred.
  • Excellent legal, business, and public records research skills.
  • Computer/internet skills with proficiency in MS Office and Adobe Acrobat and use of various online research databases.

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements ‎to Alana Carson, Director of Knowledge Management, at Recruiting@schwabe.com.‎

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt provides a team-oriented working environment, offering competitive salaries and excellent benefits including medical, dental, ‎life, LTD, 401(k)/profit sharing retirement, tuition reimbursement, EAP, transit ‎subsidy, and paid time off.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ‎ancestry, national origin, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or other status protected ‎by law.


Contact Us


Erika Hayes
HR Manager
ehayes@schwabe.com
Direct: 503-796-2995‎