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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 Assistant – Seattle, WA

Schwabe, Williamson &Wyatt is seeking a full-time Litigation Legal Assistant for its Seattle office. 

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in civil litigation matters, 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, and an attention to detail are ‎also essential.

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 ‎drafting correspondence

Preferred Computer Skills: ‎

  • ‎Microsoft office suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point
  • ‎Adobe Pro DC
  • Interaction
  • Elite
  • ‎iManage/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 send a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:  recruiting@schwabe.com ‎


Recruiting Specialist - Portland, OR

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt’s Portland office is seeking a Recruiting Specialist to join our team.

Reporting into the Recruiting Manager, you will provide support to the recruitment team and larger talent team in filling open positions. This position is located in our Portland office.

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is a law firm that offers a new type of client experience based on a deep industry focus. Schwabe attorneys are more than a collection of lawyers; they are partners in our clients’ businesses.  Our understanding of key industry sectors allows us to help clients achieve success through ideas, advice, and exceptional legal counsel.  With 170 attorneys and offices in Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Bend, Mountain View, Eugene and Salem, Schwabe is one of the largest Pacific Northwest ‎regional law firms.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Recruitment:

Manage the full recruitment life cycle of administrative positions including; posting open positions both internally and externally, screening candidates, scheduling interviews, and working with hiring managers on candidate selection.

Participate in law school and diversity recruiting functions and events.

  • General Administrative Support:

Provide general support to the Recruiting Manager by; updating and producing data related to attorney recruiting, scheduling meetings, creating and maintaining applicant files, making travel arrangements, processing evaluations and reimbursements, and other duties as assigned.

Provide support to the Recruiting and Hiring Committees.

Work with the HR team to coordinate orientation and welcome activities.

Provide administrative support related to the firms’ Summer Associate program. This entails coordinating all logistics of this annual 10 week program from orientation, travel, training & social events and maintaining the work allocation program.

Job Skills & Requirements:

  • Experience in recruitment, staffing, or related fields.
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and work effectively under time lines.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of internal and external clients.
  • General work hours are 8 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday, some overtime may be necessary to accomplish assigned duties.

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, 401(k) Profit Sharing, transit benefits, tuition reimbursement and more.

If you are interested in the Recruiting Specialist position, please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Recruiting@schwabe.com.


Litigation Legal Secretary/Assistant – Portland, OR

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt’s Portland office is seeking an experienced Litigation Legal Secretary/Assistant for its Products Liability practice group.  ‎ 

The position requires superior litigation secretarial skills, including detailed knowledge of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and local rules, and similar experience with Oregon state court practice and rules.  All candidates must have very strong client relationship skills and a willingness to be part of a team.  Strong computer skills and the ability and willingness to learn and adopt to new technology on an ongoing basis are a must. The successful candidate will be very well organized and able to actively manage all aspects of a busy litigation practice, will be detail-oriented and efficient, will turn work around quickly, and will possess strong oral and written communication skills. 

 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 send their resume and cover letter to Melissa Tofell, Legal Support Services Manager, at Recruiting@schwabe.com.


Office Assistant - Portland, OR

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt has an opening for a full-time Office Assistant to ‎work in the Intellectual Property Department in the Portland office.‎

Duties will include:

  • Process invoices for payment and check requests
  • Travel arrangements
  • Prepare 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
  • Scanning incoming mail and dispersing to the legal assistants or saving to Filesite
  • Copy and scanning projects
  • Assist with mailing large mailings
  • Prepare UPS/FEDEX slips for overnight delivery

The position requires the ability to learn and utilize computer software, follow instructions carefully and accept a full variety of projects, work on multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines as assigned.  The successful candidate will have a high school diploma or GED and one year of office experience.  The successful candidate will possess a high level of organizational skills; the ability to handle multiple tasks under pressure; strong written and oral communication skills; and the ability to communicate interpersonally with all staff levels, including attorneys, in a professional manner.

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, 401(k) Profit Sharing, transit benefits, tuition reimbursement and more.

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

Trademark Paralegal - Portland, OR

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt has an opening for an experienced Trademark Paralegal in the Intellectual Property practice group in the Portland ‎office.

The successful candidate will have an ownership mentality as to their work product and engage in partnership with the attorneys and peers, possess a high client service acumen, and enjoy working in a team environment. Strong computer research skills, a high level of organization and accuracy, attention to detail, and strong knowledge of US Trademark and Copyright laws and rules are keys to success in this role.   

Job duties will include:

Conduct preliminary trademark clearance searches; Review and analyze search reports and prepare memorandum of findings and analysis in connection with trademark clearance searches.

Prepare trademark status summary reports for attorneys and/or clients.

Analyze incoming correspondence and official communications and prepare draft reporting correspondence to clients concerning office actions, formality requirements, etc.

Knowledge/understanding of how to prepare trademark documents for filing, including but not limited to Applications, Declarations, Assignments, Powers of Attorney, Responses to Office Actions, Statements of Use, Amendments, Post-registration filings, Requests for Certified Copies, Appeal Briefs, Filings with TTAB, etc.

Knowledge/understanding of how to prepare and copyright documents for filing, including but not limited to Applications, Recordations, etc.

Ability to work with digital images and text files using Adobe editing software.

Knowledge/understanding of USPTO’s trademark e-filing system.

Ability to communicate with clients, USPTO, Copyright Office,and foreign associate counsel.

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

Candidates with significant experience in other practices areas and with a keen interest in intellectual property law are encouraged to apply.

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.


Contact Us


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