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Help me find good small/mid-sized Seattle/Portland firms

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jul 27, 2010 6:44 pm

OK, so here's the deal: I am interested in working in the Pacific Northwest, but did not opt to attend UW, which was probably a questionable choice. I am attending a peer school of UW (let's say something in the T20-35 range) and will have to be cold-applying for summer positions with Seattle and Portland firms. My grades (top 25-33% range) are fine, but not stellar. I have some reasonably compelling WE from before LS, and I do well in interviews, so I'm not too worried, however, it's safe to say that I don't need to waste my time applying to Portland/Seattle offices of major biglaw firms and instead should be targeting small and mid sized operations.

My question is: Is anyone else in a similar boat/looking at these markets? Which firms should I be looking at? Any advice would be much appreciated.

Relevant edit: I do not have a science background and am not looking to do IP.

(BTW, I realize this isn't the most necessary use of the anonymous feature, but I wanted to be somewhat clandestine since I'm outing my school and class rank, and I got a mod's permission to post anonymously).

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Re: Help me find good small/mid-sized Seattle/Portland firms

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:30 pm

BUMP.

I found a good list for WA firms, but I cannot find anything for Portland firms. Specifically, I am looking for a list of firms of between 10-30+attorneys in the Portland area. Anyone willing to help out?

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Re: Help me find good small/mid-sized Seattle/Portland firms

Postby Campagnolo » Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:34 pm

Ater Wynne
Klarquist Sparkman
Perkins Coie
Farleigh Wada Witt
Garvey Schubert Barer

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Re: Help me find good small/mid-sized Seattle/Portland firms

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:42 pm

Campagnolo wrote:Ater Wynne
Klarquist Sparkman
Perkins Coie
Farleigh Wada Witt
Garvey Schubert Barer



Thanks. I was hoping that somewheres there was a list like the one U of W publishes for seattle firms for the Portland area- http://www.law.washington.edu/CLE/Legal ... Firms.aspx

This list is pretty amazing. It would be awesome to find lists like this for other areas. Now I am just finding the Portland firms that happen to show up in a google search.

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Re: Help me find good small/mid-sized Seattle/Portland firms

Postby Campagnolo » Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:52 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Campagnolo wrote:Ater Wynne
Klarquist Sparkman
Perkins Coie
Farleigh Wada Witt
Garvey Schubert Barer



Thanks. I was hoping that somewheres there was a list like the one U of W publishes for seattle firms for the Portland area- http://www.law.washington.edu/CLE/Legal ... Firms.aspx

This list is pretty amazing. It would be awesome to find lists like this for other areas. Now I am just finding the Portland firms that happen to show up in a google search.


You mean like this?
http://www.law.washington.edu/CLE/LegalGuides/OregonLawFirms.aspx

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Re: Help me find good small/mid-sized Seattle/Portland firms

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 4:00 pm

Campagnolo wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Campagnolo wrote:Ater Wynne
Klarquist Sparkman
Perkins Coie
Farleigh Wada Witt
Garvey Schubert Barer



Thanks. I was hoping that somewheres there was a list like the one U of W publishes for seattle firms for the Portland area- http://www.law.washington.edu/CLE/Legal ... Firms.aspx

This list is pretty amazing. It would be awesome to find lists like this for other areas. Now I am just finding the Portland firms that happen to show up in a google search.


You mean like this?
http://www.law.washington.edu/CLE/LegalGuides/OregonLawFirms.aspx
I had to lol, especially since the Oregon link is right there at the top of the page.

But seriously, I hadn't seen either list and this will be very relevant to my interests in the future. Thanks.

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Re: Help me find good small/mid-sized Seattle/Portland firms

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Oct 28, 2011 4:09 pm

Campagnolo wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Campagnolo wrote:Ater Wynne
Klarquist Sparkman
Perkins Coie
Farleigh Wada Witt
Garvey Schubert Barer



Thanks. I was hoping that somewheres there was a list like the one U of W publishes for seattle firms for the Portland area- http://www.law.washington.edu/CLE/Legal ... Firms.aspx

This list is pretty amazing. It would be awesome to find lists like this for other areas. Now I am just finding the Portland firms that happen to show up in a google search.


You mean like this?
http://www.law.washington.edu/CLE/LegalGuides/OregonLawFirms.aspx


Damn. LOL. Thank you for this.

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Re: Help me find good small/mid-sized Seattle/Portland firms

Postby Campagnolo » Fri Oct 28, 2011 4:19 pm

Good find on that page, though. I think I read in the Oregonian or the Portland Business Journal that summer class sizes in Portland are down from around 80 to less than 10 in the last few years. And if you look at Stoel Rives, they only extended offers to 2 of their 4 summer associates. You can find all the lists you want, but it's brutal here.

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Re: Help me find good small/mid-sized Seattle/Portland firms

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:06 pm

For anyone that struck out. Here's a list of middle sized Seattle firms and satellites that did NOT attend UW OCI. The formatting is bad because it was a chart in word, but you should be able to get the gist. Name/# of lawyers/ random info + practice areas, if any. This is not comprehensive (!). Most probably take one or two summers, max. Posting this for the benefit of my classmates and anyone else out there. Good luck! : -)

Ater Wynne 53 ~$100k: General practice, many different fields
Keesal, Young & Logan 60 General civil; appellate, business law
Keller Rohrback 56 General
Smith Freed 57 Defends insurance companies in WA+OR

Hagens Berman Sobol 43 Class and private litigation for plaintiffs
Lee Smart 39 Class and private litigation for defendants
Eisenhower & Carlson 29 General
Lasher Holzapfel Sperry+Ebberson 30 General, supposedly has great workplace
Holmes Weddle & Barcott 25 General
Goldberg Jones 30 Men’s divorce firm only
Whitmore, Bachmann & Smith 40 general
Inslee, Best, Doezie & Ryder 28 General
Legal Helpers 49 Bankruptcy
Gordon & Polscer 25 Represents insurers/similar
Cairncross & Hempelmann 39 ~$100k
GordonDerr 18
Ryan Swanson & Cleveland 41 ~$80k

SATELLITES
Jackson Lewis 16 (over 500 nationwide) Everything, employment Law
Bracewell Giuliani 16 (over 250 nationwide) Everything
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe 17 (over 700 nationwide)
Van Ness Feldman 9 Seattle (60 total between Seattle+DC)

EDIT: Non IP as well, removed those because not interested.

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Re: Help me find good small/mid-sized Seattle/Portland firms

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:42 pm

Would be nice if that UW link still worked. Am putting together a list of firms not participating in OCI at my Seattle school. The above list was useful and added to my current list.

FYI, looks like ~30 firms participating in OCI this year.




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