About Garvey Schubert Barer

Seattle-based Garvey Shubert Barer has grown to house a legal team of more than 100 attorneys in Seattle, Portland, New York, Washington DC, Alaska and Beijing. With practice areas ranging from environmental law to intellectual property litigation, the firm has represented regional clients in the Pacific Northwest and international clients doing business across the Pacific.

Pacific Northwest to Pacific Rim

Garvey Schubert Barer's entrepreneurial tradition stretches back to 1966, when the firm was founded by three law school classmates just two years out of school. Garvey Schubert Barer's practice areas include business and corporate law, environmental and natural resources, intellectual property, employment and labor, real estate, litigation, government affairs and trusts and estates. Most recently, the firm launched a hospitality, travel and tourism practice based out of Seattle.

Garvey attorneys provide business and litigation advice to clients in the high tech, trade and transportation, maritime/admiralty, real estate, communications and media and health care sectors. The firm's client roster has included diverse private, public and international interests including the Nautilus Group, China International Marine Containers Group, Taco Bell Corp, China Ocean Shipping, the Quileute Indian Tribe and the Seattle Housing Authority.

Game, Set, Match

Perhaps the firm's most recognizable clients-at least among tennis fans-are Venus and Serena Williams. Former Garvey partner Keven Davis, who represented Serena Williams from the time she was just eight years old, helped secure her position on the U.S. Olympic team after a top-ranking doubles player challenged the U.S. Tennis Association's selection process prior to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Later in their career, Davis helped Venus Williams negotiate a lucrative contract with Reebok.

Garvey Schubert Barer also had a hand in a less inspiring sports story. Tonya Harding's bodyguard and two other men facing charges related to the 1994 attack on Harding's figure skating rival, Nancy Kerrigan, all hired attorneys from the firm for their defense. 

Pro Bono without Borders

Garvey attorneys are encouraged to devote 10 percent of their time to pro bono efforts, which have included helping refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. through the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, representing Guantanamo prisoners, working with the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Justice and Human Rights and offering counsel for the Holocaust Ghetto Workers Reparations Project.

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Garvey Schubert Barer

Second & Seneca Building
1191 Second Avenue, 18th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101-2939
Phone: (206) 464-3939
Fax: (206) 464-0125


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chair: Anne F. Preston
  • Total No. Attorneys 2012: 122

  • Employment Contact
    Joy Ellis
    Owner/Chair, Portland Associate Recruiting Committee
    Phone: (503) 553-3121
    Fax: (503) 226-0259
    Email: jellis@gsblaw.com New York and Washington, DC:
    Barbara Kernus
    Office Administrator
    Phone: (202) 965-7880
    Fax: (202) 965-1729
    Email: bkernus@gsblaw.com Seattle:
    Jared Van Kirk
    Attorney/Seattle Recruiting Committee
    Phone: (206) 816-1372
    Fax: (206) 464-0125
    Email: jvankirk@gsblaw.com

  • Base Salary
    New York:
    1st year: $130,000
    Summer associate: $2,500/week Portland:
    1st year: $100,000
    Summer associate: $1,923/week Seattle:
    1st year: $110,000
    Summer associate: $2,115/week Washington, DC:
    1st year: $120,000
    Summer associate: $2,308/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    2 out of 2 (2012)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Business, Corporate Finance & Tax
    Environment & Natural Resources
    Intellectual Property
    Labor, Employment & Immigration
    Land Use & Real Estate
    Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Regulatory & Government Affairs
    Trusts, Estates & Charitable Organizations

Major Office Locations

  • Beijing, China
  • Anchorage, AK
  • Washington, DC
  • New York, NY
  • Portland, OR
  • Seattle, WA
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