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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



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.



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.


Office Assistant – Litigation Department

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

This position requires a minimum of one-year business office experience. This individual will ‎provide support to the secretaries and designated paralegals in the litigation department.

Duties will include:

  • Organizing files, creating pleading indexes, closing files and working with the records department.
  • Contact entry into Interaction
  • Drafting correspondence shells
  • 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
  • Transcription
  • 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 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. ‎

Interest and qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter 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 Karol Kellam, Records Manager to 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, please send 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