Northwest Legal Search

Northwest Legal Search, Inc.
The Northwest's
Leading Attorney Search
Consulting Firm.

Expertise and Excellence

Northwest Legal Search, Inc.® is a service dedicated to the in-house lawyer hiring needs of companies, as well as attorney recruitment for a select number of premier law firms. Our clients are in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, and the Rocky Mountains.  Our candidates are recruited regionally, nationally and globally. NWLS was established in 1987 as the first company in the Pacific Northwest to specialize exclusively in lawyer search.

Thank you very much for your assistance in our recent recruitment of two senior attorneys. The expertise you contributed to our recruiting process was very valuable. I particularly appreciated your ability to quickly understand our business and legal needs, help define the optimal candidate characteristics, and then present to us numerous candidates with excellent experience/expertise profiles. The process was handled professionally and effectively and we are very pleased with the results.

-- VP General Counsel Client

Since that beginning we have continued to focus upon the critical issues of selection and retention of the best lawyers for the leadership, prosperity and growth of our clients. Our commitment is making a match which works for the long-term on both sides of the employment need -- both for the legal employer and the candidate seeking a career opportunity.

We recruit lawyers for corporate legal departments and a small number of select, premier law firms in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California and Rocky Mountains. Our superior lawyer candidates come to us from all across the country.

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Patent Counsel, 2-5 years, Portland OR. Rare find and opportunity in Portland, OR with outstanding corporate client very open to relocation.
Our client and its innovative legal team are seeking a Patent Counsel responsible for enhancing the patent portfolio of the company and for counseling the business on patent and related matters. Reports to the Senior Patent Counsel. This role will support the management of the company's patent portfolios, including the management of external law firms responsible for filing and prosecution. There is a daily close, positive relationship with the company's technical groups on patent matters. You will perform patent clearance, develop prior art resources, and perform patent monitoring, in particular, competitive patents. A key responsibility is to support and counsel marketing and design departments on patents. Preference for mechanical engineering background and current patent experiences, but flexible if solid mechanical experiences. . Must be registered and in good standing with at least one State Bar and USPTO registration. Seeking law firm or in-house experience working with patents, including patent prosecution Collaborative work environment; relocation budgeted. Contact Bryce Cornwell for further discussion at: 503-925-6345 Email:

Vice President - Senior L&E Counsel, 12+ years -- Pacific NW relocation (bargaining experienced).
A large, multi-state healthcare non-profit client has exclusively retained Northwest Legal Search, Inc. for a key Vice President role to be housed in the Northwest. Under guidance of the SVP, Chief Labor Counsel and in coordination with other experienced L&E attorneys, this position serves as L&E counsel to employers throughout their system, including representation and day to day advice in all aspects of L&E matters and related litigation. Represents employers in the system before the EEOC, DOL, and corollary state agencies, NLRB, and other administrative forums. Represents employers in the system in traditional labor matters, such as organizing issues from the pre-petition stage through post-election procedures, litigation before the NLRB, grievances and arbitrations, and serves as the spokesperson during collective bargaining negotiations for many of the collective bargaining agreements throughout the system. Provides advice and guidance in the development of labor relations strategies, communication and education. Provides strategic advice regarding all aspects of labor law.

Requires extensive experience (minimum of 12 years) in practicing employment and labor law, with in-depth knowledge of the NLRB and contract negotiations. .

Outstanding overall compensation and benefits, including target bonus level and added senior executive bonus, as well as multi-level retirement devices and management-level personal/vacation days.

Additional Application Instructions;

Actively seeking "at the table" collective bargaining experiences as lead negotiator -- from either in-house or large law background (including partner-level).

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