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Employee Benefits Attorney - Portland

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is a premier Northwest regional law firm serving the needs of businesses in seven key industry sectors: Technology; Healthcare; Manufacturing, Distribution and Retail; Natural Resources; Real Estate and Construction; Ports and Maritime; and Indian Country and Alaska Native Corporations. We have offices in Portland, Seattle, Anchorage, Vancouver, Bend, Salem, and Mountain View, California. Schwabe has a firm culture based on camaraderie, innovation, and a drive to help our clients achieve success.


Schwabe currently has an opening for an experienced full-time employee benefits attorney. The position will be based out of the firm's Portland, Oregon office, though qualified candidates based in any of our office locations or working remotely will be considered. The ideal candidate will have 10+ years of experience that include:

  • Designing, drafting, amending administration and governance of qualified retirement plans under Code § 401(a) and other types of tax-favored retirement plans subject to 403(b) and 457(b), etc.

  • Working with clients to correct documentary, administrative and fiduciary errors in retirement plans, health and welfare plans and executive compensation arrangements

  • Assisting with benefits and compensation aspects of corporate transactions and restructurings, reductions-in-force and change-in-control situations

  • Helping clients design, document, and administer ERISA health and welfare plan documents and summary plan descriptions

  • Advising employers on contract and other trust law issues in connection with multiemployer plans

  • Analyzing and advising on multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability

  • Experience with employment-related documents and 409A issues

  • Advising clients on due diligence and reviewing Merger & Acquisition documents for ERISA related items

  • An understanding of non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements and Code §§ 409A, 457, 280G, etc.

  • Excellent academic credentials and professional references, as well as solid legal research, analysis, writing, and communication skills

  • Demonstrated ownership of projects and willingness to work in a team-oriented setting, but with significant independence

  • Strong client service ethics

  • Oregon, Washington, California, or Alaska State Bar admission (depending on job location)

  • The pay range for this position is $185,000 - $225,000, depending on job skills and experience. Higher base compensation may be available to candidates who bring a portable book of business. The position is also eligible for discretionary merit bonus and consideration at the end of each calendar year. A listing of benefits can be found here:

Candidates should submit PDFs of their cover letter, resume, law school transcripts, and a writing sample directed to Michelle Baird-Johnson, Schwabe’s Director of Talent Acquisition & Integration. Inquiries are maintained in confidence.


Schwabe is committed to cultivating and celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion because it makes our firm better. People from historically underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.