2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Collegiality and quality of work”
“Like any law firm, the hours”
About Garvey Schubert Barer
Seattle-based Garvey Schubert Barer has grown to house a legal team of 100 attorneys in Seattle, Portland, New York, DC, 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, 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 Bay prisoners, working with the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Justice and Human Rights, and offering counsel for the Holocaust Ghetto Workers Reparations Project.
IN THE NEWS
Garvey Schubert Barer (GSB) congratulated GSB attorney Ada Danelo on her confirmation as a new Washington State China Relations Council board of director. Danelo said “I look forward to working with the Council and promoting Washington as a partner for Chinese trade, investment and cultural exchange.”
China has been a major focus of Garvey Schubert Barer’s international practice since its early days. In 1979, Stan Barer, one of the firm’s founders, assisted in the negotiations to resume shipping relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China following a 30-year hiatus.
Garvey Schubert Barer announced that Akane Suzuki has been elected to the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, a global organization of attorneys, judges, professors, and other leading law professionals dedicated to analyzing the requirements and tax consequences of wealth transfers between individuals, corporations, trusts, foundations, estates, and family businesses around the globe. Membership in the Academy is highly selective, with only one-quarter of 1 percent of lawyers, judges, and professors in each member nation qualifying. Suzuki is one of only 100 members from the United States and 1 of only 4 in the state of Washington.
In collaboration with the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP), GSB attorney Lowell Turnbull has represented a number of pro bono asylum seekers. One of Lowell’s clients is a 24-year-old woman from Burundi named Jane (not her real name) who managed to flee from persecution in her country in search for a better life.
Jane fled Burundi at the age of 19 after her father had been trying to force her to become the third wife of his boss. She rejected the arranged marriage and took control of her own destiny. When she arrived in the United States in 2014, she immediately sought legal help through ILAP. Lowell accepted her representation and filed her application for asylum. After nearly five years of wait and worry, Lowell received a letter from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services stating that Jane’s asylum had been approved. Lowell commends Jane for her courage of opening up wounds of the past and meticulously describing her persecution in writing, and in compelling terms, which he feels was instrumental in this achievement. Since arriving in the United States, Jane has obtained her high school diploma, given birth to two daughters, and married a U.S. citizen. Lowell’s efforts, with GSB’s support and dedication, have kept this family together and may well have saved this young woman’s life.
Second & Seneca Building
1191 Second Avenue, 18th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206) 464-3939
Chair: Greg Duff
Hiring Partner: Emily Harris Gant
1st year: $125,000 - $144,000 (varies by office)
2nd year: $128,000 - $147,000 (varies by office)
3rd year: $131,000 - $150,000 (varies by office)
4th year and above: Merit-based
Summer associate: $2,596/week
Summer Associate Offers:
2 out of 2 (2Ls) (2018)
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Washington, DC | Beijing, China
Business, Corporate Finance, and Tax
Communications, Media and Information Technology
Customs and International Trade
Environmental and Natural Resources
Family-Owned and Closely Held Businesses
Food & Beverage
Hospitality, Travel and Tourism
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