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About Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt PC

With eight offices throughout the Pacific Northwest, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt represents clients in the industries of health care and life sciences; manufacturing, distribution, and retail; natural resources; real estate and construction; technology; and transportation, ports, and maritime. The likes of Intel, Hewlett-Packard, KeyBank, Pacificorp, Clear One Health Plans, Inc., and Coaxis populate its client list. 

East Coast to Northwest

Schwabe’s origins trace back to the late nineteenth century, when founder Ralph Wilbur was admitted into the Oregon bar. A Boston University grad, Wilbur came to Oregon from Vermont and focused his Portland practice on insurance claims trials. It wasn’t until after World War II that veterans John Schwabe and Wayne A. Williamson joined the firm, and with the addition of U.S. Congressman Wendell Wyatt in 1975, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt was born.

Covering Clients from Trees to Tech

Given Schwabe’s Pacific Northwest location, it’s no surprise that its environmental law and forest products practices are among its strongest. The firm has represented conservation groups, biomass developers, timber manufacturers, and mills. Schwabe has handled issues such as the Pasco Landfill investigation and cleanup, OSHA hazard advisement, environmental criminal defense cases, compliance with the Endangered Species Act, timber purchasing antitrust issues, forestry litigation and alternative dispute resolutions, energy alternative stream transactions, and timberland investment management agreements.

In more recent years, Schwabe has gained attention for its work in the technology industry, which handles all matters unique to the technology clients—notably, the firm’s IP practice has extensive experience with patent, trademark and copyright prosecution and transactions like IP licensing. With its representation of biotech and medical device clients, the firm’s technology practice also crosses over with its renowned health care practice. The firm has worked on important matters in the health care industry—such as creating Oregon’s first Accountable Care Organization eligible for the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

Legal Clinics

Schwabe lawyers don’t have to go far to volunteer, as the firm runs multiple legal clinics. Schwabe was the first firm in the Northwest to create a legal clinic for low-income families in 1991. The Portland clinic is geared toward the low-income Hispanic population of Multnomah County and works in partnership with the Oregon Law Center. Schwabe also sponsors The Legal Action Center, a clinic in Seattle that handles cases ranging from political asylum to civil rights.

Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt PC

PacWest Center
12111 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 1900
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 222-9981

Firm Stats

Chief Executive Officer: Graciela Gomez Cowger
Total No. Attorneys (2020):
150 - 250

Base Salary

The firm does not disclose salary data.

Employment Contact

Michelle Baird-Johnson
Director of Talent Acquisition and Integration
(503) 796-2484

No. of U.S. Offices: 8

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Anchorage, AK
Bend, OR
Eugene, OR
Mountain View, CA
Portland, OR
Salem, OR
Seattle, WA
Vancouver, WA

Major Departments

Healthcare and Life Sciences
Manufacturing, Distribution, and Retail
Natural Resources
Real Estate and Construction
Transportation, Ports and Maritime
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.