Nine Schwabe Lawyers Promoted to Shareholder, Strengthening Industry Focus

March, 2023 - Portland, Oregon

March 3, 2023 – Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt P.C. announced today that Steven Blair, Joshua Dennis, Jonathan French, Sara Sayles, Jessie Schuh, Adam Smith, David Stearns, Lindsay Thane and Jason Wrubleski have been voted in as shareholders at the firm. Attorneys at offices in Seattle, Portland and Bend were promoted.

Collectively, these lawyers practice across Schwabe’s Real Estate and Construction; Natural Resources; and Healthcare and Life Sciences industry groups. Their promotions showcase Schwabe’s breadth and depth of expertise in each industry by recognizing accomplished lawyers who are committed to their clients’ business, industry and goals.

“We are so excited to celebrate the well-deserved promotions of nine Schwabe attorneys, who enhance our deep industry competencies and create a world-class experience for our clients,” Schwabe CEO Graciela Gomez Cowger said. “Each individual plays a crucial role in Schwabe’s success, and this recognition acknowledges their significant contributions toward growing our position as the top full-service Pacific Northwest law firm.”

The promoted lawyers include:

Steven Blair
Healthcare and Life Sciences

Steven Blair helps companies protect computer science innovations in the United States and overseas. His technology background and in-house experience with industry leaders enables him to counsel clients effectively in a rapidly changing landscape. Steven’s practice focuses on patent procurement, patent infringement litigation, intellectual property licensing, audits, infringement and freedom to operate opinions, copyright registration and strategic portfolio management.

Josh Dennis
Real Estate and Construction

Josh Dennis 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.

Jonathan French
Healthcare and Life Sciences

Jon French brings unique, real-world experience to his work in representing healthcare systems, hospitals, medical groups and providers. Prior to joining Schwabe, Jon was Chief Legal Officer for a hospital system in the Greater Seattle area and served as a member of the organization’s strategic leadership group. Jon also provided trusted legal counsel to the organization’s governing board and CEO and served as Compliance Officer and HIPAA Privacy Officer. Because of this, Jon delivers an outstanding legal service and a deep, hands-on understanding of his clients’ day-to-day operations, strategic transactions and regulatory matters – as well as the growing challenges they face in serving patients and communities in today’s fluid, complex and pandemic-tested care environment.

Sara Sayles
Natural Resources
Real Estate and Construction

Sara Sayles is an accomplished real estate attorney with a diverse set of skills and experience working in multiple jurisdictions. She advises clients on commercial leases, property acquisition and disposition and community association matters. Sara also regularly works with renewable energy developers to handle all aspects of development from site control to bundling and selling permitted projects. She builds relationships with her clients to understand their objectives and strategically meet their goals, using her broad industry background to champion her clients’ cause in the field.

Jessie Schuh
Natural Resources
Real Estate and Construction

Jessie assists clients in navigating all stages of litigation, including motions practice, discovery, trial and appeal. Her practice is focused on commercial disputes, environmental and natural resources litigation, real property litigation and administrative matters. Her clients range from individuals and closely held businesses to national financial institutions and municipalities. Jessie has substantial experience representing clients in state and federal courts, as well as various arbitration and administrative venues and on appeal. Her goal is to provide strategic and practical advice to assist her clients in efficiently and effectively resolving whatever disputes may arise.

Adam Smith
Real Estate and Construction
Natural Resources

Land use issues have been at the core of Adam Smith’s practice for more than 13 years. Clients seek out Adam for his in-depth knowledge of the unique challenges faced by Oregon’s commercial, residential and institutional developers in obtaining land use approval.

David Stearns
Natural Resources

David Stearns advises businesses on complex environmental and natural resource issues throughout the Northwest, helping them resolve disputes involving contaminated property, regulatory enforcement actions and water rights. David has helped clients through all phases of litigation, from administrative hearings to appellate courts.

Lindsay Thane
Natural Resources

Lindsay Thane helps individuals and businesses resolve disputes and navigate permitting processes through strategic and substantive counsel on water rights, natural resources and environmental issues. Lindsay’s environmental compliance and due diligence work, coupled with her experience litigating disputes and negotiating solutions with regulatory agencies, helps her identify the distinctions that are critical to reaching her clients’ goals.

Jason Wrubleski
Healthcare and Life Sciences

Jason Wrubleski focuses his practice on commercial patent, trade secret, copyright and trademark litigation. Jason has litigated matters relating to a wide range of technologies, from biomedical devices to heavy-load walking machinery, before District Courts in Washington, Oregon, California and elsewhere, and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

About Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is a Pacific Northwest law firm that offers a new type of client experience based ‎on a ‎deep industry focus. We provide a wide range of legal services to our clients through ‎‎‎comprehensive, ‎proactive and industry-focused advice to help them achieve their goals. We ‎‎focus on seven industry sectors: Indian Country and Alaska Native Corporations; Healthcare and Life Sciences; Technology; Transportation, Ports and Maritime; Real ‎‎Estate and ‎Construction; Natural Resources; and Manufacturing, Distribution and Retail. With ‎nearly 170 attorneys, Schwabe is one of the largest Pacific Northwest ‎regional law firms, ‎with ‎offices in Portland, Bend and Salem, Oregon; Seattle and Vancouver, Washington; Mountain View, California; and Anchorage, Alaska