May 20, 2020 – Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C., a leading Pacific Northwest law firm, has been recognized for excellence by Chambers & Partners in its 2021 rankings. This year, Schwabe joined the ranks of Washington Construction ranked firms, entering at Band 2 as a “well-regarded practice with notable capabilities in construction litigation.” Schwabe’s Intellectual Property practice received Chambers’ highest band ranking for the sixth year in a row, and Schwabe was honored with seven new individual attorney rankings.

“We are honored that the Chambers 2021 results reflect our dedication to providing innovative and responsive service to Schwabe’s clients, and continued collaboration and commitment to our core industry groups,” said Graciela Gomez Cowger, CEO of Schwabe. “Each year, and especially against the unknown of the pandemic, the success of our clients is paramount to our firm, and it is rewarding to see that mirrored in our latest Chambers rankings and client feedback.”

Chambers is the world’s most-used legal services guide by in-house counsel, and is one of the definitive sources for law firm and attorney rankings due to its extensive market research and in-depth interviews with legal influencers and client representatives. Below are Chambers’ summaries of Schwabe’s practice areas and attorneys as well as select comments Chambers received from Schwabe clients:

Construction (Washington)

  • Schwabe’s Construction industry group is a “[w]ell-regarded practice with notable capabilities in construction litigation. Acts for a variety of clients including owners, managers, contractors and subcontractors. Also advises on contract negotiation and drafting.”
  • One source comments: “[T]hey are very responsive, and the best thing about them is that they are very pragmatic.”

Corporate/M&A (Oregon)

  • Chambers noted that Schwabe “[a]cts for a broad range of clients, from major national to family-owned companies,” and “[p]ossesses significant expertise in the timberland, finance, real estate and healthcare sectors.”
  • A client shared: “I hold Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in very high regard.”

Environment (Oregon)

  • “Highly proficient outfit offering strength in water law issues, forestry and environmental litigation. Robust client base includes those involved in the manufacturing, mining, transportation and energy industries.”
  • An impressed client noted: “They navigate commercial and regulatory interests and are invaluable insiders.”

Immigration (Oregon)

  • Schwabe has a “[w]ell-regarded business immigration practice providing advice on a broad range of mandates, including labor certifications, investment visas and family-based matters. Represents both businesses and individuals.”

Intellectual Property (Oregon)

  • A client stated, “Their ability to assist us with work involving multiple countries is competent and seamless. They have strong relationships in all countries we do business in and do a great job of overseeing and directing all foreign work.”
  • “They are all straightforward and diligent lawyers who really add value due to the exceptional legal expertise and deep industry knowledge they bring to the cases.”

Labor & Employment (Oregon)

  • Schwabe offers “[w]ell-known labor expertise advising employers on union election campaigns and collective bargaining. Demonstrates considerable knowledge on employee benefits matters, as well as in related legal disciplines such as business immigration.”
  • “They are responsive and offer excellent service. We are very pleased with them.”

Litigation: General Commercial (Alaska)

  • Demonstrates considerable strengths across a broad spectrum of contentious mandates, including alternative dispute resolution. Offers a solid pool of skilled litigators across the Pacific Northwest.

Litigation: General Commercial (Oregon)

  • “Respected litigation practice that demonstrates proficiency in an array of commercial disputes. Noted expertise in insurance coverage cases, shareholder disputes and construction litigation.”

Real Estate (Oregon)

  • Chambers describes Schwabe’s Real Estate industry group as a “[w]ell-regarded real estate practice skilled in acquisitions, dispositions, leasings and financings in the industrial, office and residential spaces. Particularly renowned for its expertise in timber law, with additional strength in land use and construction issues.”
  • One client says: “They get things done in a timely way, they have a great support team and they communicate effectively.”

In addition to the nine practice areas highlighted above, 23 individual Schwabe attorneys were designated as industry leaders based on their legal acumen and experience, their effectiveness, and their client service. These Schwabe attorneys are:

The full 2021 rankings can be found via

About Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is a law firm that offers a new type of client experience based ‎on a ‎deep industry focus. We provide a wide range of legal services to our clients through ‎‎‎comprehensive, ‎proactive, and industry-focused advice to help them achieve their goals. We ‎‎focus on six industry ‎groups: healthcare and life sciences; technology; transportation, ports, and maritime; real estate and construction; natural resources; and manufacturing, distribution and retail. With ‎more ‎‎than ‎‎165 attorneys, Schwabe is one of the largest Pacific Northwest ‎regional law firms, ‎with ‎offices in Portland, Bend, and Salem, Oregon; Seattle and Vancouver, Washington; Mountain View, California; and Anchorage, Alaska.

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