Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Legal Services | Oregon, USA
tel: 503.540.4262 | fax: 503.796.2900
530 Center Street NE, Suite 730 | Salem | Oregon | 97301 | USA


What do you get when you're "Represented by Schwabe"? Innovative solutions from lawyers who know every deal has a dream and every risk an opportunity. A committed team that understands your industry and cares about your business. And the comprehensive resources of one of the Pacific Northwest's top law firms.

Our lawyers provide exceptional legal counsel, and that's critical. But our value goes beyond that. We don't sit around and wait for the phone to ring. We get out of the office and put on hard hats to meet clients where they are, in their industries. This helps us see around corners, spot trends and navigate approaching challenges before they become problems. That's why clients put us in the leadership circle and consider us partners in the business. Our understanding of six key industry sectors - Healthcare; Manufacturing, Distribution and Retail; Natural Resources; Real Estate and Construction; Technology; and Transportation, Ports and Maritime - allows us to help clients achieve success through ideas, advice, and exceptional legal counsel.

With more than 175 attorneys in eight offices, we are among the largest law firms in the region. Clients from start-ups and entrepreneurs to the Fortune 500 count on us for full-spectrum legal services to help them achieve goals throughout their business lives.

Lawyers Worldwide: 175

Areas of Practice



John D. Guinasso

John D. Guinasso

Joseph  Hobson

Joseph Hobson

Maria  Schmidlkofer

Maria Schmidlkofer


Of Counsel


Judith  Baker

Judith Baker



Oregon HOA's and Condo Associations Need to Omit Discriminatory Language in Governing Documents

The Oregon Legislature adopted a bill in 2021 to ensure planned communities eliminate discriminatory language from their governing documents by the end of this year. House Bill 2534, which amends Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) chapters 94 and 100, imposes a responsibility on homeowners associations and condominium associations to review their governing documents and remove certain discriminatory language. Specifically, the associations must review their governing documents for discriminatory language and either (1) amend the documents to remove the prohibited language, or (2) certify that the documents do not contain any such discriminatory language...

OP-ED: Review of Design Professional Liability for Construction Site Safety

While architects and engineers take responsibility for the safety of the buildings they ‎design, they usually are not responsible for protecting the property or the people on-site during ‎construction. If a finished building falls because of improper design, the architects and engineers ‎who stamped the drawings will be the prime suspects for the failure. It is the general contractor, ‎however, who is usually responsible for keeping the work site safe while the building is under ‎construction...

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Schwabe Welcomes Trio of New Lawyers, Enriching Our Natural Resources Industry Group

PORTLAND, OR; Seattle, WA (March 30, 2022) – Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C. is excited to announce our new talent to serve the Natural Resources industry. With Tim Nicholson, Ben Fetherston, and Mike Mahoney, we have added to our transactional, business, and litigation services. "Tim, Ben, and Mike have intimate experience with the challenges in our Natural Resources clients’ industries,” Schwabe’s Natural Resources Industry Group Leader Ryen Godwin said. “Their dedication to truly understanding the opportunities and roadblocks our clients face allows them to offer unique insight and powerful perspective. We are pleased to have them on the team...

VBJ Reports: Shareholder Matthew Bisturis Appointed to Full Seat on ICC Board

Vancouver Business Journal highlighted Schwabe Shareholder Matthew Bisturis in its “Movers & Shakers” section for his recent appointment to a full seat on the board of directors for Identity Clark County (ICC). The business leaders group serves a vital role assembling and focusing corporate leadership in a shared community agenda. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Identity Clark County board and to work with an amazing group of business leaders and staff committed to strengthening our community and economy,” Bisturis was quoted as saying by the Vancouver Business Journal...

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