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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Lisa E. Schaures

Lisa E. Schaures



  • Corporate Formation and Governance
  • Employee Benefits
  • Business and Corporate
  • Business Transitions

WSG Practice Industries


Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Washington, U.S.A.


Lisa Schaures guides businesses, social ventures and nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest through everyday general counsel matters, quandaries and major life cycle events. In more than 10 years of practice, she has helped clients through starting up, governance structuring, purchases, mergers, conversions, conflicts of interests, acquiring tax exempt status, complex tax concerns, deferred compensation strategies, contract negotiations and expansion growing pains.  

Lisa’s leadership and work with different practice areas allows her to pull together the right team to bring major transactions and negotiations over the finish line with a focus on her client’s important goals and relationships. As an everyday partner with growing businesses and nonprofits, she handles contract, governance, conflict of interest, tax, expansion and other general counsel matters effectively and with sensitivity to each client’s uniqueness.  

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Courts
  • Oregon State Courts


  • University of Oregon, Juris Doctor (2005)
  • Washington State University, Bachelor of Arts (2000)
  • University of Washington School of Law, Master of Laws in Taxation (2006)
Areas of Practice

Business and Corporate | Business Transitions | Corporate Formation and Governance | Employee Benefits | Mergers and Acquisitions | Securities and Finance | Tax | Tax Planning

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Counsel startups and entrepreneurs on investment structure and contractual arrangements.
  • Represent consulting and technology businesses in sales and integration into acquiring businesses.
  • Advise technology and healthcare organizations on governance, fiduciary, and contractual arrangements.
  • Provide critical guidance to corporate boards on ?potential ?conflicts of interests and self-dealing issues.?
  • Design, draft, and facilitate implementation of executive ?deferred ?compensation plans.
  • Counsel entrepreneurs on angel investment structure and negotiations.


  • How 3 Supreme Court Cases Could Galvanize Oregon's Innovative Companies


  • Women, Diversity & Change: Sponsors, Influencers & Career Engineering for Legal Counsel
  • Commitment to Women in Technology
  • Charitable Giving Strategies & Donor Advised Funds Panel
  • Women in Business, Succeeding and Leading on Boards
  • Seattle Life Sciences Summit
  • Presenter, "Lobbying vs. Advocacy," Washington Women’s Foundation
  • Panelist, "Social Impact Structuring and Branding for Early Stage Companies," Bend Venture Conference

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