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Carmen M. Calzacorta

Carmen M. Calzacorta



  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Formation and Governance
  • Business and Corporate
  • Business Transitions

WSG Practice Industries



Carmen Calzacorta helps public, private and family-owned businesses with their business and corporate needs, ranging from corporate governance, board and executive management, mergers, acquisitions and other transitions, to securities law compliance, corporate finance, manufacturing supply chain transactions and other transactions. In more than 30 years of practice, her involvement in hundreds of transactions on both the buy and sell sides, and both domestically and internationally, allows her to bring deep transactional knowledge and strategy for the benefit of clients.

Exceptional service and creative problem solving

Carmen prides herself on her exceptional service and creative problem solving. She is known for her excellence in the practice of business law, professionalism among fellow business lawyers and outstanding community leadership. At Schwabe, she serves as co-chair of the Business Transitions Group, a multidisciplinary team of attorneys that counsels business owners on how to maximize, capture and keep their businesses’ wealth. Carmen also previously served as a firm board member.

Understanding the life cycle of a business

Carmen’s vast experience with different business models, ownership structures, and various industries—including service, manufacturing, forest products and metal industries—enables her to understand and anticipate the different stages of a business and their owners’ exit strategies or preferred outcomes. One source says: “She is excellent—she has a very good understanding of the challenges and opportunities for private companies.”


"We value our relationship with Schwabe, particularly Carmen Calzacorta. We consider her almost an employee of ours."

-Columbia Forest Products

"They simply do great work, and are good stewards of our resources. Carmen Calzacorta is the best."

-Yacult-Pacific Power Group

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon State Courts
  • Washington State Courts
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims


  • University of Oregon School of Law, Juris Doctor degree (1984)
  • University of Oregon, Bachelor of Arts degree, Finance (1980)
Areas of Practice

Business and Corporate | Business Transitions | Corporate Formation and Governance | Mergers and Acquisitions | Securities and Finance


  • OP-ED: The Process of Preparing a Construction Business for Sale
  • OP-ED: A 2018 Problem: Succession Planning Amid a Hot Market
  • OP-ED: Contractors must accept the realities of business exits
  • Construction Industry: Business Succession Planning During the Trump Era
  • Schwabe Grows its Reputation as Top Law Firm with New ?Rankings from Chambers & Partners
  • OP-ED: Using ‘Other People’s Money’ Rather Than Selling
  • OP-ED: The Value of Independent or ?Outside Directors
  • A Lot to be Learned from Families' Successes
  • The Earn-Out Solution
  • Plan for Transition or Prepare to Get Left Behind

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