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 with outstanding corporate client.
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 matter. 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. Contact Bryce Cornwell for further discussion at: 503-925-6345 Email:

Assistant General Counsel - Real Estate - Southern Oregon 6 to 9+ years experience.
A robust and growing quick-service retailer in the Pacific NW has engaged us exclusively to recruit on an immediate opening for an experienced real estate attorney. This pivotal role offers 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. Any real estate experience in quick service retail is 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 candidate 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 role collaborates 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 candidate 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 6 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 fun! Contact: Bryce Cornwell at (503) 925-6345

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