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Schwabe Once Again Earns Top Rankings from Chambers & Partners

June 9, 2015


Pacific Northwest regional law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt has earned top rankings in the 2015 directory of U.S. law firms and attorneys published by Chambers & Partners.

"Chambers is one of the country's most respected resources for locating top law firms and attorneys, and we are very pleased and gratified that Schwabe is again so well represented in the 2015 edition," said Mark Long, managing partner at Schwabe.

Six of the firm's practice areas were designated as among the best in Oregon. Sixteen Schwabe attorneys were also highly ranked. Intellectual Property. Schwabe has one of the largest IP practices in the Pacific Northwest. Clients interviewed by Chambers noted the firm's "deep expertise" and "high quality work."

Intellectual Property. services include licensing/technology transfer, litigation, patents, trademarks and copyrights, and trade secrets and unfair competition. Schwabe is one of just a handful of firms in the region offering both patent prosecution and patent litigation.

Environmental Law. Chambers recognized Schwabe's environmental practice for being adept at providing strategic counsel for superfund cleanup, stormwater matters and ESA and NEPA regulatory compliance. Clients said the firm does "an excellent job," and "always gave substantive feedback…really impressed." The environmental practice offers a broad range of services, including water law, environmental regulation and forestry products.

Mergers and Acquisitions. Significant experience in M&A transactions, equity financings and stock redemption matters were highlighted by Chambers. Clients commented "extremely good attorneys" and "a diverse and strong bench with expertise in different areas."

Employment and Labor. Schwabe's employment and labor practice was described by Chambers as having "notable expertise in traditional labor matters, including collective bargaining agreements, strike prevention, and NLRB and BOLI arbitrations." From clients: "very diligent in providing opinions and education…sometimes even before we know an issue exists."

Commercial Litigation. The firm's commercial litigation practice was noted for its capability in bankruptcy litigation, with expertise in lender liability suits and shareholder disputes. Clients interviewed by Chambers said, "Schwabe is a very strong advocate that insists on well-founded positions."

Real Estate. Chambers recognized Schwabe's real estate practice for its strength in leasing negotiations for commercial spaces and in capital-raising transactions, as well as the firm's expertise in forest product matters. Clients said "they…do a very good balancing act of protecting client interests and getting transactions completed."

Sixteen Schwabe attorneys were top-ranked by Chambers for their expertise and high quality work.

Chambers & Partners publishes an annual list of the best law firms and lawyers in the U.S., a resource used by 51 percent of in-house counsel worldwide.1 Chambers is an independent organization with a staff of more than 150 researchers that rigorously vet firms and attorneys. The ranking process is highly dependent upon in-depth interviews Chambers conducts with clients. Attorneys are ranked on the basis of their legal knowledge and experience, their ability, their effectiveness and their client services. A firm's practice areas are ranked on the qualities of the attorneys as noted above, and on the effectiveness and capability of the practice as a whole.

*According to a survey of more than 20,000 in-house counsel conducted by International In-House Counsel.