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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


Business & Corporate Legal Assistant – Portland

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt has an opening for a full-time experienced Legal Secretary/Assistant in its Business and Corporate practice group in the Portland office.

This position requires 3+ years of experience with business and corporate law, strong secretarial skills, strong computer skills, and a high level of organization and accuracy with attention to detail. The successful candidate will be able to turn work around quickly, possess strong oral and written communication skills and be a self-starter with a positive attitude who enjoys a fast paced, team environment.

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 3 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.


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

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.


IP 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, 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 proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word), 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.

Interested and qualified candidates should direct their cover letter and resume to the IP Docketing Supervisor 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.


Receptionist – Seattle

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is seeking an experienced full-time, non-temporary Receptionist for our Downtown Seattle office.

Candidate will have a demonstrated ability to deliver excellent internal and external client service in a pleasant and professional manner.  In addition to greeting clients and visitors to the firm, this position requires coordinating the activities in conference rooms, plus handling and trouble-shooting sophisticated audio/video and video conference systems.  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.

Essential Functions:

  • Answer and direct phone calls 
  • Greet clients and visitors
  • Organize and schedule conference room appointments
  • Log deliveries and pick-ups
  • Coordinate and order catering for lunches and events

Requirements:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Two years of office experience with phone work
  • Knowledge in the following computer programs: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Outlook
  • Present a neat, professional appearance and demeanor
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Highly organized
  • Able to work well under pressure
  • Excellent customer service skills

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Heather Kelly, Seattle Office 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.


Patent Agent or Specialist – Portland or Seattle

With over 175 attorneys, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt ‎is a premier Pacific Northwest regional law firm, with offices in Portland, Seattle, ‎Vancouver, Bend, Eugene, Salem, Anchorage and Mountain View, California.

Schwabe has an opening in either its Portland, Oregon or Seattle, Washington offices for a full time patent agent or patent specialist in the Intellectual Property Department. The ideal candidate will have a strong electrical engineering or computer science background with at least 2-4 years of experience in drafting patent applications.

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt provides a team-oriented working environment with competitive salary and benefits.  Qualified and interested candidates should direct their cover letter, resume, undergraduate transcripts, references, and a writing sample (preferably an office action response or patent/patent application) to Michelle Baird-Johnson, Director of Talent Acquisition and Integration, at AttorneyRecruiting@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


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