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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


Intellectual Property Docketing Trainee – Portland

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt has an immediate, full-time temporary to permanent opening in its Docketing department for an Intellectual Property (“IP”) Docketing Trainee to provide entry level docketing services to the firm’s large, growing IP practice group.  The position, which reports to the IP Docketing supervisor and the Docketing Manager, offers the opportunity to work in a fast paced, challenging and friendly environment, with room to grow. 

The position requires excellent attention to detail and accuracy while performing tasks that can be both complex, yet somewhat routine.  The successful candidate will be organized, and able to meet daily deadlines at a steady, ongoing pace.  Candidate will work closely with docketing specialists and must be able to communicate professionally with IP paralegals and others.

 Examples of duties include: prepare and distribute daily docket reports to attorneys and paralegals; download documents from the USPTO PAIR website; distribute scanned mail to docketing specialists; be trained to access the firm’s docketing software to move or clear previously docketed patent and trademark dates, and open new cases.

 This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated self-starter who is interested in learning about intellectual property and IP docketing.  Experience in a legal field is helpful, but any experience in a fast-paced business environment will be considered.  Recent college graduates and individuals who have earned a paralegal certificate or degree are welcome to apply.

 The firm offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.  Interested and qualified candidates should direct their cover letter and resume to the Docketing Manager at Recruiting@schwabe.com.


Business & Corporate Legal Assistant/Paralegal – Seattle

Schwabe, Williamson &Wyatt is seeking a full-time ‎experienced Legal Assistant/Paralegal in its ‎Business and Corporate practice group in the Seattle office. ‎

 This position requires 3+ years of experience with business and corporate law. The successful candidate will possess strong oral and ‎written communication skills, strong computer research skills, a high level of organization and accuracy with an attention to detail, and will be able to turn work around quickly. Must be a self-starter with a positive attitude who enjoys a fast-‎paced, team environment. Some litigation experience is preferred, but not required.

 Preferred Computer Skills: ‎ 

‎- Microsoft office suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point
‎- Experience with scheduling meetings, tracking calendars and arranging travel for 3+ timekeepers
- Adobe
‎- Interaction
‎- Elite
‎- FileSite
‎- Intapp
‎- Intapp Open 

Four year college degree required, but will consider candidates with significant and applicable experience. Paralegal certification (or in the process of obtaining) desirable but ‎not essential.

 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 and qualified candidates should submit their cover letter, resume, and salary ‎requirements to Heather Kelly, ‎Seattle Office Manager at‎ Recruiting@schwabe.com.


Legal Assistant – Seattle

The Seattle office of Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt, P.C. is seeking an experienced Legal Assistant to join its team and support 4 attorneys.  ‎

 This position requires 4+ years of experience with bankruptcy.  Experience with business and corporate law with an emphasis on real estate transactions is a strong plus. 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 new technology on an ongoing basis are also a must. The successful candidate will be very well organized and able to actively manage all aspects of a busy practice, will be detail-oriented and efficient, will turn work around quickly, and will possess strong oral and written communication skills. 

 Four year college degree required, but will consider candidates with significant and applicable experience. ‎

 Interested and qualified candidates should send their resume and cover letter to Heather Kelly at ‎Recruiting@schwabe.com. 


Office Assistant – Seattle

Job Description: Hybrid position clerical position. 85% (approximately 35 hours) will be spent on performing Office Assistant job duties supporting paralegals and 15% (approximately 5 hours) will be spent performing other clerical tasks such as records management, file management and back-up reception. This position reports to the Seattle Office Manager.

Office Assistant Job Description (85%): Clerical and project support for legal secretaries which includes: Saving emails and electronic files in the case management system (file-siting), FileSite document productions, Download and save e-filings, Scheduling, Create case cover sheets; Travel arrangements, Maintain corporate minute books, Track annual meetings for the corporations practice group, Expense reports and other duties that are clerical in nature. Project support could include working on large cases where documents need to be numbered and organized into binders, and articles of reference that need to be copied and indexed into binders.       

Back-up Clerical Duties (15%):  Responsibilities include providing back-up reception coverage and coordination.  Clerical duties in the Records Department include performing file maintenance and updating of file records and file inventory.  Performs data entry on a computer terminal and performs general clerical duties required in the Records Department operation.  Performs file inventory using a portable data terminal. Performs other duties as required including, but not limited to: 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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 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. Must have the ability to organize and maintain files with a high level of accuracy. Ability to take direction from multiple people. Ability to work efficiently and independently. Ability to file correspondence, data and legal documents accurately and systematically in accordance with department procedures.  Ability to enter data and text using a standard computer keyboard.  Ability to learn software database programs. 

Physical Capabilities: The Office Assistant position requires walking from one person's station to another and works for people in various stations. The Records Clerk position requires the ability to retrieve and distribute materials weighing up to 35 pounds and ability to retrieve and replace objects from shelves 8 feet high (using step stool) in aisles which are 27-1/2” wide. Computer use for both positions is about 20% of the day at which time the person will sit.

Interested candidates should submit their cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to the ‎Seattle Office Manager at Recruiting@schwabe.com.


Business Development Manager – Seattle, WA, Portland, OR or Mountain View, CA

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.

Seattle, WA, Portland, OR or Mountain View, CA

Schwabe is seeking an exceptional business development professional to join Schwabe’s Client Relations Department in the Seattle, Mountain View or Portland office. The Business Development ‎Manager will enjoy a highly visible position working with the firm-wide Technology and Healthcare industry groups on their marketing and business development initiatives.

This position will work closely with firm leaders to help Schwabe maximize and leverage this unique go-to-market strategy.  This is a rare opportunity to have an impact and be part of creating something new for the firm and perhaps the legal industry. 

Familiarity with Technology and Healthcare industries a plus as well as an understanding of Intellectual Property legal services and buying behaviors.

A sampling of job duties include:

  • Development and execution of business plans, budgets
  • Running and contributing to sales pipeline meetings for assigned groups
  • Providing one-on-one sales coaching for attorneys
  • Strategy and prep for client and prospect meetings
  • Staying abreast of current developments and trends impacting clients and prospects through proactive market research
  • Developing content and pitch materials
  • Working with the firm’s Public Relations group to secure effective media exposure for assigned groups.

Position Qualifications: ‎

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree in business marketing communications, journalism or related field, or law a plus
  • Experience in the technology and healthcare industries a plus in addition to familiarity with Intellectual Property legal services
  • Must have five years of marketing/business development experience
  • Experience in the professional services industry a plus
  • Must be committed to trying new things and taking risks
  • Must be self-motivated and resourceful with a proven make-it-happen mindset
  • Must be a strong writer and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Able to work collaboratively with a wide variety of people
  • Must possess strong strategy development, critical thinking and general business skills.

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. The firm will make reasonable accommodations for religious beliefs and for the known needs of qualified applicants and employees with disabilities.

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Human Resources at Recruiting@schwabe.com.


Contact Us


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