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Garvey Schubert Barer

At a Glance


“The people”

“Collegiality and quality of work”


“Like any law firm, the hours”


About Garvey Schubert Barer

On September 1st, 2019, Foster Garvey PLLC and Garvey Schubert Barer merged to form Foster Garvey PC.

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, employment and labor, government affairs, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, 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.

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.

Garvey Schubert Barer

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

Firm Stats

Chair: Greg Duff
Hiring Partner: Emily Harris Gant
Total No. Attorneys 2018:
100 - 150

Base Salary

Varies by office:
1st year: $125,000-$144,000
2nd year: $128,000-$147,000
3rd year: $131,000-$150,000
4th year and above: Merit-based
Summer associate: $2,596/week

Employment Contact

Deverie Robinson
Director of Attorney Recruiting and Professional Development
(206) 464-3939

No. of U.S. Offices: 4

No. of International Offices: 1

Major Office Locations

New York, NY
Portland, OR
Seattle, WA
Washington, DC

Major Departments

Accounting Firms
Business, Corporate Finance, and Tax
China Practice
Clean Technology
Communications, Media and Information Technology
Customs and International Trade
Emerging Companies
Employee Benefits
Environmental and Natural Resources
Family-Owned and Closely Held Businesses
Financial Services
Food & Beverage
Government Contracts
Health Care
Hospitality, Travel and Tourism
Indian Tribes
Intellectual Property
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