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Schwabe Opens Anchorage, AK, Office to Further Commitment

April 13, 2018


Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is excited to announce the opening of our newest office in ‎Anchorage, Alaska, as well as our three recent maritime attorney hires. With the addition of Bert Ray, Philip Lempriere and Zach Berne we are expanding our Transportation, Ports and Maritime industry group to 29 attorneys.
Schwabe’s continued strategic growth aligns with the firm’s commitment to its industry focus, specifically with clients in the transportation, ports and maritime; natural resources; and real estate and construction industries. “Schwabe’s new Anchorage office gives us the opportunity to satisfy our clients’ business needs and interests in Alaska in addition to Schwabe’s other locations along the West Coast, while at the same time bolstering our commitment to serving these industries,” said CEO Graciela Gomez Cowger.

Bert, Phil and Zach have more than 60 years of combined maritime industry ‎experience. Their respective connections in maritime matters, as well as regulatory and ‎environmental ‎knowledge will complement Schwabe’s maritime practice. They have served the interests of members of all 13 clubs in the International Group of Protection & ‎Indemnity ‎Clubs as well as China P&I Club and Korea P&I Club, bringing extensive maritime experience to Schwabe’s ‎current clients‎.‎ Schwabe now has one of ‎the largest maritime teams among Pacific Northwest full-service firms.‎

Bert Ray joins Schwabe as ‎a shareholder and will lead the Anchorage office. Bert has ‎practiced in ‎Anchorage for most of his 30-year career, and he brings deep maritime experience to Schwabe’s ‎Transportation, Ports and Maritime industry group. He has ‎a diverse general litigation practice that includes environmental, maritime, ‎commercial, ‎insurance, securities, malpractice and white collar criminal matters. He also has significant experience representing ‎‎clients in natural resource damage assessments conducted by state and federal ‎‎agencies. ‎Click here to read more.

Philip Lempriere joins Schwabe as ‎a shareholder in the Seattle office. His legal ‎experience coupled with his ‎time serving as both a deck cadet and third officer aboard ‎U.S. ships uniquely positions ‎him to understand clients’ admiralty and maritime legal ‎issues. Click here to read more.

Zach Berne joins Schwabe as an associate in the Anchorage office. His practice focuses on ‎maritime, environmental, insurance and securities matters. Click here to read more.

About Schwabe

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is a law firm that offers a new type of client experience based ‎on ‎‎a ‎deep industry focus. We provide full-spectrum legal services to our clients through ‎‎‎comprehensive, ‎proactive and industry-focused support to help them achieve their goals. We ‎‎focus on six industry ‎groups: Healthcare; Technology; Transportation, Ports and Maritime; Real ‎‎Estate and ‎Construction; Natural Resources; and Manufacturing, Distribution and Retail. ‎With ‎more ‎‎than ‎‎175 attorneys, Schwabe is one of the largest Pacific Northwest ‎regional law firms, ‎with ‎‎offices in ‎Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Bend, Eugene, Salem, Anchorage and Mountain View, ‎‎CA


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