Schwabe, a leading Pacific Northwest law firm, is pleased to announce that ten of the firm’s practice areas and 24 of its attorneys have been recognized for excellence by Chambers & Partners in its 2024 rankings. Notably, Schwabe’s Oregon Real Estate practice received the highest band ranking for the first time this year as “a team that excels at managing large-scale issues and delving into issues right alongside the client.” Our Intellectual Property practice also received Chamber’s highest band ranking for the ninth consecutive year.

In addition, attorney Sara Sayles was ranked for the first time and Connie Sue Martin received a ranking in a new national practice area. Attorneys Brien Flanagen, Nika Aldrich, Janna Davydova, and Brendan Crowley all moved up one band ranking this year.

“We are truly honored by our recognition in the Chambers 2024 results, which underscores Schwabe’s deep industry expertise and unwavering commitment to providing exceptional, knowledgeable, and reliable service,” Schwabe CEO Graciela Gomez Cowger said. “The tireless efforts of our core industry groups in delivering the highest level of care within their respective sectors are truly commendable. Schwabe remains committed to surpassing expectations and forging enduring partnerships with our valued clients.”

Chambers is the world’s leading legal data and analytics provider. The company has highlighted the top lawyers and law firms across the USA for more than two decades. The annual Chambers ranking is one of the definitive sources for law firm and attorney rankings due to its extensive market research. Below are summaries of Schwabe’s practice areas and attorneys as well as select comments Chambers received from Schwabe clients:

Corporate/M&A (Oregon)

  • Schwabe’s Corporate/M&A practice area “is experienced in representing buyers and sellers in a wide range of M&A transactions and financing matters. The team works with clients across a number of sectors, with particular expertise in the timber and manufacturing sectors.”
  • One client stated: “They always have the resources needed to address any issues we have.”

Environment (Oregon)

  • Chambers shared that the Natural Resources Industry Group “offers strength in water law issues, forestry, and environmental litigation” for a “robust client base that includes those involved in the manufacturing, mining, transportation, and energy industries.” It continues that Schwabe “offers wide-ranging advice on permitting, compliance, and liability” and “niche expertise in matters at the intersection of environmental law and Native American law” with “further expertise in forestry and agriculture-related mandates, as well as waste water and cleanup issues.”
  • One source shared: “Schwabe’s support is deep and broad. They have a seamless group of environmental counsel that make sure we are always covered.”

Environment (Washington)

  • Chambers shared that the Natural Resources Industry Group “is well-versed in advising clients on renewable and alternative energy matters.” It continues that Schwabe “is particularly noted for their strength in environmental Native American law” and “is active across a range of sectors, including natural resources, ports, manufacturing, and construction.”
  • One source shared: “The team is knowledgeable, timely, and responsive.”

Immigration (Oregon)

  • “Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt’s well-regarded business immigration practice provides advice on a broad range of mandates, including labor certifications, investment visas, and family-based matters.”

Intellectual Property (Oregon)

  • The Intellectual Property practice has a client base [that] “includes many leading Northwest companies from a number of industries, including technology, engineering, natural resources, and manufacturing, as well as healthcare and biotechnology.” Chambers noted “the depth of talent possessed by its bench, with recognized expertise in strategic counseling and prosecution issues. Further highlighted for its expanding IP litigation practice, with notable strengths in patent infringement cases and trade secret disputes.”
  • A client noted: “The patent team always demonstrates a comprehensive grasp of technology and IP litigation.”

Labor & Employment (Oregon)

  • Schwabe’s Labor and Employment services were highlighted as a “comprehensive practice which covers all of its clients’ employment needs, including litigation and compliance counseling. The team holds well-known labor expertise advising employers on union election campaigns and collective bargaining. The group demonstrates considerable knowledge on employee benefits matters, as well as in related legal disciplines such as business immigration. Lawyers are experienced in representing clients from sectors such as technology, financial services, transportation, and natural resources.”

Litigation: General Commercial (Alaska)

  • Chambers indicates that Schwabe’s litigation practice “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. The firm demonstrates significant experience representing individuals in all levels of court, including before the Supreme Court.”
  • A source commented: “They’re always responsive and timely, even under extreme time pressure.”

 Litigation: General Commercial (Oregon)

  • Schwabe’s general commercial services were spotlighted as a “respected litigation practice that demonstrates proficiency in an array of commercial disputes acting on both the defense and plaintiff side. The team has experience working on false advertising, product liability, environmental, maritime, and real estate litigation. The department also handles large-scale union and employment litigation. Clients come from all sectors, including agricultural, technological, entertainment, and insurance.”
  • A client comment reads: “Schwabe has excellent trial attorneys.”

Real Estate and Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Oregon)

  • Chambers calls Schwabe’s Real Estate practice a “well-regarded real estate practice [that] is 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.” Furthermore, Schwabe “offers additional niche expertise in conservation matters as well as general environmental and natural resources law pertaining to real estate developments.”
  • One client says: “Schwabe has experts in all fields.” Another stated, “The group is efficient and quick to respond.”

In addition to the ten practice areas highlighted above, 24 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:tom

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