Garvey Schubert Barer at a Glance


  • “Quality work”
  • “Fellow attorneys”
  • “Respectful atmosphere”


  • “Billable hours”
  • “A bit bookish”
  • “Hours to pay ratio is off”

About Garvey Schubert Barer

Seattle-based Garvey Schubert 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 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 hired attorneys from the firm for her defense on charges related to the 1994 attack on Harding's figure skating rival, Nancy Kerrigan. 

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
Phone: (206) 464-3939


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chair: Greg Duff
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 110

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $100,000 - $134,000 (varies by office)
    2nd year: $103,000 - $137,000 (varies by office)
    3rd year: $106,000 - $140,000 (varies by office)
    4th year and above: Merit-based
    Summer associate: $2,308/week

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Accounting Firms • Business, Corporate Finance, and Tax • Cannabis • China Practice • Clean Technology • Communications, Media and Information Technology • Construction • Customs and International Trade • Education • Emerging Companies • Employee Benefits • Environmental and Natural Resources • Family-Owned and Closely Held Businesses • Financial Services • Food & Beverage • Government • Government Contracts • Health Care • Hospitality, Travel and Tourism • Indian Tribes • Intellectual Property • International • Labor, Employment and Immigration • Land Use and Real Estate • Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution • Manufacturing and Distribution • Maritime and Distribution • Regulatory and Government Affairs • Sports, Arts & Entertainment • Transportation and Logistics • Trusts, Estates and Charitable Organizations

Major Office Locations

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