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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Assistant General Counsel - Real Estate - Southern Oregon 5 to 12+ years experience.
A robust and growing quick-service retailer in the Pacific NW has engaged us exclusively to recruit on two, separate openings for experienced real estate attorneys. These pivotal roles offer a myriad of intellectual challenges and regular collaboration with senior management and other company counsel. We're seeking strong experiences in RE including in commercial leases, purchase and sale agreements, financing documents, CC&R documents, declarations, access agreements and related documents for development. Real estate experiences in quick service retail are an attractive and strong plus. This position will handle day-to-day legal matters for the company's real estate portfolio. Other documentation experience need is construction documents, including master service agreements, construction contracts, statements of work, lien releases, and related documents. The successful candidates will work closely with site selection staff to ensure agreements reflect business goals, while simultaneously protecting the company's financial/legal interest, and serve as liaison with the real estate department with respect to all leasing matters such as letters of intent, leases, amendments, letter agreements, and interpretation of leases. The roles collaborate with other core functions, including accounting, tax, and lease administration and directs the company's outside legal counsel, as needed, on real estate and construction matters. The outstanding candidates for this company's needs will contribute to a collective effort to improve the company's preparation, review, negotiation, and processing of transactions. If you are always striving for improvement - we want to speak to you! Seeking: A minimum of 5 years of transactional real estate legal experience (not litigation), in commercial leasing as outlined here, comfortable with ambiguity of what the day brings, good business judgment and organizational skills. The company provides a relaxed, informal work culture, with commitments to community and family, a visible values culture -- and it's fun! Contact: Bryce Cornwell at (503) 925-6345

Associate Counsel, Minimum 6 years - Securities and Finance Attorney. Portland, OR
Outstanding community leader corporate seeks an Associate Counsel with corporate, securities and finance experiences to primarily support the VP, Chief Compliance Officer/Corporate Secretary in the overall areas of corporate, securities, finance, governance, shareholder services, compliance and other similar matters. The position will also have some primary responsibilities with respect to certain of the company's subsidiaries. Role is a member of the Corporate Secretary and Business Integrity/Compliance teams.

Must be licensed to practice and in good standing in the US and able to practice in OR. Six (6) or more years of significant experience in corporate, governance and securities law compliance, with at least four (4) of those years in a well-respected law firm. Solid understanding of SEC, NYSE, SOX and other governance requirements and best practices.

Contact Bryce Cornwell at (503) 925-6345 for additional detail. Email:

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