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Garvey Schubert Barer

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Managing Partner: Greg Duff
Number of partners: 73 Number of attorneys: 103
Languages: French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Since its founding in 1966, Garvey Schubert Barer has counseled clients across virtually all industry sectors, with a special emphasis in international trade and transportation, maritime law, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, financial services, real estate, communications and media, and arts and entertainment. The firm represents middle-market companies as well as a broad range of privately-held businesses, investment firms, financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, government entities and individuals.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Business, Corporate Finance & Tax:
The firm’s corporate attorneys work proactively to protect clients’ interests and position them for success. Advising both US and international clients across jurisdictions and industry sectors, they provide comprehensive legal services, including business formation; mergers and acquisitions; contracts; joint ventures and strategic alliances; regulatory compliance; reorganisations, and dissolutions and liquidations. Garvey Schubert Barer’s Tax attorneys assist publicly traded companies and nonprofit organizations in a wide array of local, state and international tax matters.

Hospitality, Travel & Tourism:
Members of Garvey Schubert Barer’s hospitality, travel and tourism group are well-versed with an industry operating under the ancient ‘law of innkeepers, bailments and barter,’ while at the same time, drafting and negotiating real estate purchase and sale agreements, management agreements, franchise agreements, group sales agreements and intellectual property licenses for today’s business needs. From traditional real estate acquisitions, disposition and financings to high-end restaurant concept protection to technology agreements for the very latest geo-location mobile apps, the firm’s attorneys’ substantive knowledge has been perfected by years of collective experience applying it to real-world, practical issues facing owners and operators in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries.

Intellectual Property:
The digital age lets the world communicate globally and nearly instantaneously. It also significantly expands opportunities for developers, owners, distributors and consumers of intellectual property. But along with these opportunities come new legal issues that complicate the protection, exploitation and disposition of intellectual property assets. To maximize the value of a client’s intellectual property, they need lawyers able to anticipate and favorably address these issues.

International Business:
Garvey Schubert Barer has had a sophisticated international practice since the early 1970s. In 1973, the firm was one of the first US law firms to place an attorney in Japan. In 1979, the firm’s attorneys helped negotiate the reopening of shipping relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China after a hiatus of nearly 30 years. Today, Garvey Schubert Barer’s clients and attorneys continue to work at the forefront of expanding Pacific Rim trade and investment, including opportunities in China, Japan and Canada.

Labor, Employment & Immigration:
Helping develop and maintain a satisfied and productive workforce is the primary mission of the firm’s labor and employment lawyers. Garvey Schubert Barer attorneys want clients to spend less time and resources managing unproductive and disgruntled employees and more time and resources managing their business. One way the firm helps achieve this objective is by keeping clients up-to-date and in compliance with labor and employment laws.

The firm understand that litigation can be costly and disruptive, and always looks for alternatives such as a negotiated settlement, arbitration, or some other form of alternative dispute resolution. If litigation is unavoidable, the firm’s experienced trial lawyers will provide tenacious representation. In addition to jury and nonjury trials, Garvey Schubert Barer handles appeals, administrative proceedings, government agency investigations and transnational disputes.

Maritime Companies & Fisheries:
Garvey Schubert Barer is one of a handful of Northwest law firms that has a comprehensive maritime practice and also is a full-service firm. The firm’s attorneys provide all the legal services that maritime, transport and fisheries clients need. As a full-service firm, they have the resources and expertise to capably handle virtually every type of legal problem maritime clients may face.

Sports, Arts & Entertainment:
Garvey Schubert Barer’s sports, arts and entertainment group has the experience, know-how and vision to help clients navigate the unique business and legal environment in which they operate, build their personal brands, and shape their careers for long-term success on and beyond the playing field and the stage.

Transportation & Logistics:
This practice provides businesses and trade associations in the transportation industry with the services they need to meet their business and legal challenges and successfully capitalize on opportunities. Garvey Schubert Barer responds to antitrust suits and investigations, determine clients’ insurance coverage needs, counsel clients on federal agency rules, design standard forms and shipping documents, and respond to audits, complaints and investigations by federal agencies. In short, because of the firm’s experience in the transportation industry, it responds quickly and efficiently to our clients’ diverse needs and requests.