Stoel Rives LLP

As a Western-U.S. law firm, Stoel Rives has become a regional and national leader in energy, construction, mining, timber and environmental litigation. The firm is also the largest in the state of Oregon, where it was founded over 100 years ago.

Growing Up in Portlandia--And Beyond

Since its beginning as a firm founded by Pacific Northwest railroad lawyers in 1907, Stoel Rives LLP has grown beyond its Northwest roots, to include offices in six other states plus the District of Columbia. The firm opened its Washington, D.C. office in early 2013, with an initial focus on energy and tax matters. Stoel Rives has expanded its California offices to four locations, and in 2012 the firm moved its San Diego office to a larger space to accommodate growth. The Anchorage office opened in 2008 and has grown, also; attorneys there represent businesses in the natural resources field, Native corporations and provide other corporate and litigation services.

Today, Stoel Rives attorneys serve as counsel for companies ranging from Fortune 100 size to start-ups, located throughout the nation and in several foreign countries. Well-known corporate clients have recently included McDonald's, Monsanto, eBay, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Johnson & Johnson, Chevron USA, Harry and David, University of Utah Research Foundation, and Multnomah County. The firm has frequently ranked among the top 35 firms on the BTI Consulting Group's list of firms with the best client service nationwide.

Natural and Legal Resources

The full-service firm boasts strong practices in corporate, energy, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, employee benefits, land use and construction, litigation, natural resources, renewable energy, product liability, food and beverage, agribusiness, health care, and technology. The firm publishes a series of legal handbooks on energy law issues and beverage law. Stoel Rives founded and sponsors the annual Innovation Awards in Utah and Idaho to recognize local companies using cutting-edge technologies and practices. Several attorneys are active bloggers and the firm's Renewable + Law blog, World of Employment blog and LLC Law Monitor blog have received widespread attention.

Stoel Rives is not short on accolades. It is one of only 30 firms nationwide to achieve a Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) for three consecutive years, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The WILEF certification process focuses on whether women are significantly represented in top leadership positions and among the top-earning attorneys. Additionally, five Stoel Rives offices were recognized by the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for their integration of flexible workplace policies and practices.

Stoel Rives has also earned praise for its in-house green initiatives. The firm offers employees subsidies for mass transit passes, provides bikes and hybrid cars for workday errands, and has extensive recycling programs.

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Stoel Rives LLP

900 S.W. Fifth Ave.
Suite 2600
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 224-3380
Fax: (503) 220-2480


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer: Robert D. Van Brocklin
  • Total No. Attorneys 2013: 376

  • Employment Contact

    Karen Ponsness
    Office Administrator
    Phone: (907) 277-1900
    Fax: (907) 277-1920

    Mari Moody
    Office Administrator
    Phone: (208) 389-9000
    Fax: (208) 389-9040

    Melissa McCammon
    Office Administrator
    Phone: (612) 373-8800
    Fax: (612) 373-8881

    Rebecca Whittall
    Lawyer Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (503) 224-3380
    Fax: (503) 220-2480

    Penny Stauffer
    Office Administrator
    Phone: (916) 447-0700
    Fax: (916) 447-4781

    Salt Lake City
    Mary Ellen Hatch
    Office Administrator
    Phone: (801) 328-3131
    Fax: (801) 578-6999

    Carina Li
    Sr. Lawyer Recruiting Specialist
    Phone: (206) 624-0900
    Fax: (206) 386-7500

  • Base Salary

    1st year: $90,000
    Summer associate: $1,650/week

    1st year: $110,000
    Summer associate: $2,000/week

    1st year: $115,000
    Summer associate: $2,000/week

    Sacramento and Salt Lake City
    1st year: $110,000
    Summer associate: $2,000/week

    1st year: $120,000
    Summer associate: $2,100/week

    1st year: $100,000
    Summer associate: $1600/week

  • Summer Associate Offers

    15 out of 16 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Business Litigation
    Labor & Employment
    Employee Benefits
    Intellectual Property
    Health Care
    Food & Beverage
    Product Liability
    Land Use
    Natural Resources
    Banking and Financial Services
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Real Estate
    Oil and Gas
    Forest Products
    Tribal Law
    Trusts & Estates

Major Office Locations

  • Anchorage, AK
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Lake Tahoe, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Boise, ID
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Portland, OR
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Seattle, WA
  • Vancouver, WA
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