Jay Sayles

Of Counsel

My goal is to assist every client in navigating the ‎complexities of litigation to best meet their individual and ‎organizational needs. ‎

How I represent clients at Schwabe

I assist a variety of clients, ‎including those in the manufacturing, ‎distribution, and retail industry. Dedicated to ‎pursuing my clients’ interests, I have significant ‎experience in both state and federal courts. I work ‎collaboratively with clients to help navigate the ‎complexities encountered during each phase of ‎litigation.‎

With over 13 years of courtroom experience, I have litigated a ‎wide array of cases involving environmental contamination, class ‎action securities, construction defect, workers’ compensation, ‎employment, natural resources, tort, contract, tax, and maritime ‎legal issues.‎

Prior to joining Schwabe, I worked for a series of boutique law firms ‎and as the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Attorney ‎General in American Samoa.‎


  • Analyzed technical facts and documents to build cases for trial, including complex environmental contamination and class action securities claims.
  • Collaborated with team to streamline document review processes and ensure consistency, including building software tools and automation for large-scale reviews.
  • Defended construction defect claims in state and federal courts.
  • Litigated workers’ compensation and civil claims before administrative agencies, state courts, and administrative law judges.
  • Analyzed facts and worked with experts to apply the law to complex and technical legal claims.


  • Lewis & Clark Law School, Juris Doctor degree (2008)‎
  • University of California, Davis, Bachelor of Arts degree, English and Philosophy (2003)‎


  • California State Courts
  • Oregon State Courts
  • Washington State Courts

Community Activities

  • Homewood Homeowners Association, Beach Parcel Committee Member (2010-present)
  • Oregon State Bar, New Lawyers Division, Pro Bono Committee Member (2013-2015) and Chair (2015-2017)

Outside Interests

Jay enjoys getting outside with his wife and their two kids.‎

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