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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 Paralegal – Portland

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is seeking an experienced Paralegal in the Litigation Department in its Portland office.

The position requires a minimum of 5 years of litigation legal experience, excellent organizational abilities, communication skills, attention to detail, and a desire and ability to take ownership over work assignments and work product.

Knowledge and requirements include:

  • Experience and familiarity with Federal and State Court, both Oregon and Washington.
  • ‎A team member who attorneys can trust to perform excellent work with minimal supervision and interface with clients and opposing counsel as needed.
  • Experience with Relativity and Trial Director are preferred.
  • Discovery assistance: Organize medical records, compile notebook of records by provider, number medical records, organize and summarize medical bills, and assemble notebooks for IME or for expert review.
  • Trial preparation: Compile and prepare exhibits, including demonstrative exhibits and deposition designation with instruction.


Preferred Computer Skills:

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

A Bachelors degree and/or Paralegal certificate is preferred.  Any satisfactory combination of experience and education will be considered.

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits including medical, dental, ‎life, LTD, 401(k)/profit sharing retirement, tuition reimbursement, EAP, and transit ‎subsidy.

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


Office Assistant – Bend

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt has an opening for a full-time Office Assistant to ‎work in the Bend office.‎

This position requires a minimum of one-year business office experience. This individual will ‎provide support to the Bend office, as well as the secretary, designated paralegal, and attorney in the Tax/Estate Planning ‎practice group.

Duties will include:

  • Organizing files, creating pleading indexes, closing files and working with the records department.
  • Contact entry into Interaction
  • Drafting correspondence shells
  • Processing invoices for payment and check requests
  • Travel arrangements
  • Preparing expense reimbursements
  • Project support under legal assistant or paralegal supervision
  • Errands, such as delivery of documents to opposing counsel
  • Electronic file management, including saving emails to Filesite
  • Transcription
  • Scanning incoming mail and dispersing to the legal assistants or saving to Filesite
  • Copying and scanning projects
  • Assisting with mailing large mailings
  • Preparing UPS/FEDEX slips for overnight delivery

The ‎position requires the abilities to learn and utilize computer software, follow instructions carefully, accept a full variety of projects, work on multiple projects simultaneously, and meet ‎deadlines as assigned. The successful candidate will have good communication skills and the ‎ability to work with a varied group of professional employees. The ideal candidate will have ‎their notary public or be able to complete their notary immediately upon hire. ‎

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


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, a partnership with timekeepers, a high client-service acumen, and will enjoy working in a team environment. Also required are 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 and Washington 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


Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits including medical, dental, life, LTD, 401(k)/profit sharing retirement, profit sharing bonus, tuition reimbursement, EAP, and transit subsidy‎. ‎

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


Conflicts Specialist – Portland

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is hiring for a Conflicts Specialist in the Portland office.

Reporting to the Records Manager, you will be providing staff assistance in the Records/Conflicts department by performing conflict searches, updating the conflicts database and matter openings and closures.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Performs data entry work to update conflicts database(s). Verifies accuracy of data entry by comparing computerized output to source documents.
  • Performs other duties as required including, but not limited to: reopening of matters, maintenance of will safes, organization of file banks, maintenance of statistics and logs, assisting attorneys and secretaries by responding to telephone and e-mail inquiries.

Experience & Skills:

  • A High school diploma (or equivalent) is required.
  • 2+ years of general office or clerical work experience.
  • Possesses the interpersonal skills necessary to communicate with a diverse group of attorneys and staff and to handle all dealings with professionalism, courtesy and tact.

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Karole Kellam, Records Manager, at Recruiting@schwabe.com.


Intellectual Property Legal Secretary/Assistant – Portland

The firm has an opening for a full-time experienced Legal Secretary/Assistant in the Intellectual Property practice group in the Portland office.

Required skills include 2+ years of Intellectual Property secretarial experience as well as demonstrated excellence in client service, clear communication, attention to detail and organization. The ideal candidate will be familiar with the various stages of patent and trademark prosecution. Must be able to organize and maintain files, and proofread accurately. The most successful candidate will be a self-starter with a positive attitude who enjoys a fast paced, team environment. 

High school diploma or GED required. Legal secretary training and/or certification desirable, but not essential. Any satisfactory combination of experience and education will be considered. 

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


Accounting Specialist – Portland

The firm has an opening for a full-time Accounting Specialist in our ‎Portland office.‎ Reporting to the Accounting Manager you will be supporting multiple accounting team members in a variety of tasks. This is a fast-paced environment with excellent opportunities for growth. 

The position will include a variety of general accounting duties, tasks include but are not limited to: ‎

  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • Billing, including E-billing ‎
  • ‎Spreadsheet maintenance
  • General ledger entries
  • ‎General accounting duties

Experience and qualifications:

  • Our ideal candidate will have 3+ years general accounting experience.
  • ‎Excellent data entry skills ‎
  • Advanced MS Excel experience ‎‎
  • High attention to detail and accuracy and ability to multi-task
  • Experience with accounts receivable and/or collections as well as posting cash receipts is preferred.
  • Law firm experience and/or Elite/Enterprise Time and Billing a plus ‎
  • The successful candidate must be a team player with excellent communication skills and a willingness to learn new things.

‎Interested and qualified candidates should submit a resume, cover letter with salary requirement, and specific ‎‎information ‎about experience to Liz Russell, Accounting Manager, at Recruiting@schwabe.com.


Contact Us


Katje Chiller
Chief Talent Officer
kchiller@schwabe.com
Direct: 503-796-2467‎