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Outdoor and Athletic


Schwabe’s Outdoor and Athletic industry attorneys share the same ethos as our clients, and are dedicated to supporting your growth. 

A climate for O&A innovation

The rugged and rainy Pacific Northwest is a hotbed of innovation for the outdoor and athletic industry. At Schwabe, we have a passion for this vital industry and its value to our region. We work and play in the great outdoors, and pride ourselves on remaining up to date with industry trends. From idea to product creation, to distribution, branding and marketing, we help manufacturers, distributors and retailers protect innovative ideas, products and the bottom line. 

Deep experience in a dynamic industry

Schwabe advises clients on key aspects of their business, reaching beyond traditional legal services to truly serve as members of the business team. Our lawyers are well versed in defending products and brands from intellectual property theft, counterfeiting and piracy; ensuring compliance with product-safety regulations; negotiating contracts with suppliers and vendors; and developing and protecting talent acquisition.

We're an active member in a global network of legal colleagues and industry experts who can assist clients wherever they do business, from the United States to China. We represent pioneers in:

  • Outdoor and athletic apparel
  • Ski and mountain climbing equipment
  • Kayaks and canoes
  • Bicycles, biking helmets and accessories
  • Golf equipment
  • Precision optics for hunting and shooting
  • Archery products
  • Knives
  • Flashlights and other outdoor lighting products
  • Camping supplies
  • Outdoor gear

A game plan for every need

Our team counsels outdoor and athletic companies in a broad range of services, including:

  • Intellectual property protection and enforcement
  • Antitrust and trade regulations, marketing claims, advertising and promotional campaigns, and sweepstakes and contest laws
  • ‎Product safety, labeling and regulatory compliance‎
  • Product liability and consumer litigation
  • Corporate law and strategic transactions
  • Business relationships and disputes, including international distribution agreements, supplier and vendor contracts, and supply-chain relationships
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ‎compliance
  • Natural resources and environmental law
  • Employment and labor law, including counseling, training and dispute resolution associated with alleged harassment and ‎discrimination
  • Real estate and commercial property

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