Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is one of the Pacific Northwest’s top law firms, representing individuals and leading companies doing business in the region, across the United States, and around the globe in a wide range of business and litigation matters. The firm has more than 170 attorneys in Portland, Bend, and Salem, Oregon, and Seattle and Vancouver, Washington. Schwabe attorneys provide a broad range of transaction and litigation services to many of the Pacific Northwest’s leading companies, from Fortune 500 industry leaders, to emerging and privately held businesses. The firm is regularly named as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon” by Oregon Business magazine, and as one of “Washington’s Best Workplaces” by the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Positive employment relations are essential to the overall health of any business. Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt helps employers develop and maintain constructive relationships with their employees. Federal and state laws governing employee relations have increased both in numbers and complexity in recent years, especially in the areas of retaliation, sex and age discrimination, wrongful termination, workplace safety, job security, immigration, business acquisitions, and management/union relations. The firm provides comprehensive employment relations representation to all types of financial, manufacturing, retail, and service businesses.
Annie White works with clients to pursue their legal interests and safeguard their intellectual property rights. She helps her clients through the full gamut of intellectual property issues and provides strategic advice regarding trademark registration and enforcement; copyright protection and enforcement; trade secret disputes; internet domain name disputes; licensing agreements; intellectual property transactions; and intellectual property litigation. Her keen attention to detail and passion for the law ensures she effectively supports her clients’ needs, their businesses, and their intellectual property rights.
In law school, Annie worked as a Law Clerk for the Center for Food Safety, where she...
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Annyika (Nyika) Corbett is an attorney with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt where she works collaboratively with clients to find the most efficient ways to solve their employment issues. Growing up on an Oregon ranch, Nyika is intimately familiar with the unique issues faced in the natural resources and agriculture industries. Her employment law experience spans the entire spectrum, including discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, leave laws and employment benefits. She represents and advises businesses of all sizes, from small, family-owned operations to large corporations and nonprofit organizations.
Nyika adeptly represents employers in administrative hearings,...
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Bradley Maier is an attorney with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Bradley represents employers including foreign and domestic corporations, local businesses, investors, families and individuals with a wide range of immigration matters before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, the Labor Department, the State Department and United States Customs and Border Protection. He regularly handles applications for permanent residence based on labor certification, investment and family relationship.
Drawing on more than 15 years of experience navigating complex federal regulations, agencies and compliance programs, Bradley also advises businesses regarding pre-merger notification to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) under the...
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Christopher Slottee has over 15 years of experience handling complex commercial, corporate, and litigation matters, specifically working with Alaska native corporations, Alaska native corporation settlement trusts, and tribal governments. Christopher’s previous experience as vice president and general counsel for an Alaska native corporation gives him an invaluable understanding of the inner workings of Alaska native corporations and the unique challenges they face. He is well versed in issues of corporate governance, legal and risk management, government contracting, bid protests, corporate transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.
Christopher provides guidance related to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) small business programs,...
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Jason Douthit works with employers and benefits consultants to unravel employee benefits questions. For over a decade, Jason’s focus has been simplifying and explaining the Internal Revenue Code, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and other complex retirement and healthcare plan laws.
Jason works closely with clients to create, evolve, and terminate tax-qualified retirement plans (401(k), profit sharing, traditional pension, and cash balance plans), non-qualified executive compensation plans, and both self-insured and fully-insured employer healthcare plans and multiple employer welfare arrangements. He also counsels clients on their fiduciary obligations to these plans and proactively monitors new legislation and...
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Jean Ohman Back
Ms. Back has been a member of the Oregon Bar and practiced in the areas of Labor and Employment and General Litigation since 1991. Ms. Back is a member of the Manufacturing and Technology industry groups at her firm and assists employers in all aspects of managing their employment relationships, including drafting employment agreements, and employment manuals, providing supervisor and employee training, assisting employers in handling employee grievances and discrimination or anti-harassment complaints, managing terminations and reductions-in-force, and advising employers about their...
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Josh Dennis is an attorney with Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt LLP where he advises construction companies of all sizes through the many stages of the litigation process. Josh also has extensive experience representing employers through inspections and litigation arising out of state and federal OSHA enforcement actions. Josh takes pride in his ability to add value to his clients’ businesses by seeking out creative and cost-effective solutions to otherwise complex problems.
Prior to joining Schwabe, Josh was a litigator at a mid-sized Portland law firm where he gained experience in a variety of areas of law, including construction,...
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Kelly T. Hagan
Kelly Hagan's legal practice at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt focuses on health care business transactions, including business entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, system affiliations, joint ventures, physician networks and IPAs, medical staff and peer review disputes, and physician recruitment and contracting; and health care regulatory compliance, including fraud and abuse, antitrust, EMTALA, HIPAA privacy and security compliance, and data breach investigation and defense. Formerly Legal Policy Advisor to Oregon's Labor Commissioner, Mr. Hagan also advises health care clients on employment matters. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in health care law.
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Nicholas D. Lauren
Nicholas “Nick” Lauren counsels on employment matters in the healthcare and life sciences and manufacturing, distribution, and retail industries. As a champion for his clients’ success, Nick works urgently to understand their legal needs, and provides sound legal counsel to pursue the best outcomes possible.
Nick brings a deep understanding of effective advocacy to his practice, having served for five years as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable U.S. Magistrate Judge Youlee Yim You in the District of Oregon.
During law school, Nick was Editor-in-Chief of the Lewis & Clark Law Review.
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Tom Payne is an attorney at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and works with clients on an array of employment, labor and benefits issues. Prior to joining Schwabe, he was a law clerk for Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Tom’s clerkship experience helps him advocate strategically and effectively for his clients.
Tom graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2016. While in law school, he was an Executive Editor of the Lewis & Clark Law Review and a member of the Jessup International Law moot court team. Tom...
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Tyler Hall brings a strong background working in a culinary business incubator for food trucks, producers, and other small food and beverage businesses—with a deep understanding of what goes into starting and running a business. He is committed to helping clients both small and large protect and leverage their unique identity, their reputation and good will, and other intellectual property into valuable assets.
Tyler advises clients, including enterprise and cloud software companies, on software licensing and compliance with U.S. and international data privacy laws, including California’s CCPA and Europe’s GDPR. Tyler helps clients draft privacy policies, interpret new...
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