Foster Garvey PC

Foster Garvey PC

4 Star Rating     1 review 
Main Office:

Second & Seneca Building, 1191 Second Avenue,18th Floor | Seattle | WA | 98101

Phone: 206-464-3939 | Fax: 206-464-0125

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Year of establishment 1966 Number of partners 66
Number of offices 5 Partner to associate ratio 4.10
Biggest office Seattle Percentage of women attorneys 18.80
Number of attorneys 97 Percentage of minority attorneys 8.20
Number of associates 16 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 3.10
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Foster Garvey PC Reviews

- Reviewed on July 28, 2017

Advice to law firm management: There needs to be a management team here. It would end a lot of frustration and everyone would be on the same page for projects.

Pros: The people here really are passionate about their work. It feels great to be able to work on projects with people that actually wanted to work and not slack around and drag the team down. Everyone here is upbeat and positive.

Cons: It can be unorganized and confusing at times. There is a clear lack of management in the firm. We stay focused on our projects, but there is no clear person to report to when we run into a snag. It is frustrating.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


Operating from six strategic locations — Anchorage, Beijing, New York, Portland, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. — Garvey Schubert Barer represents clients locally, nationally and internationally, with a special focus on the Pacific Rim. We provide practical, client-centered solutions to established market leaders, newly launched enterprises and governmental bodies. Industries and Clients 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, hospitality, technology, manufacturing, financial services, real estate, communications and media, and arts and entertainment. We represent middle-market companies as well as a broad range of privately-held businesses, investment firms, financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, government entities and individuals. Maximizing Clients' Success We help clients capitalize on business opportunities and challenges. Working as partners with them, we look beyond conventional wisdom to find practical, innovative, cost-effective legal solutions and business strategies. National and Global Reach Using sophisticated technologies, we leverage resources and capabilities at all six of our offices, delivering seamless service no matter where a client's needs arise. We have worldwide access to lawyers through our membership in Globalaw, a non-exclusive network of 94 independent law firms, with more than 5,000 lawyers in 170 cities. We also belong to the Participating Group, a multistate domestic network of 14 law firms. When clients have needs beyond our usual geographic reach, these two networks enable us to meet those needs through the use of quality law firms and lawyers we trust. Quality Services, Personal Attention Clients who in the past worked with large national law firms frequently comment approvingly about the sophistication and quality of Garvey Schubert Barer’s services. They also appreciate the partnering approach we take to their legal problems and that our manageable size fosters. We are large and sophisticated enough to handle the most complex legal matters, yet small enough to offer the personal, hands-on approach clients want from their law firm.

Practice Areas

Foster Garvey PC practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust
  • Antitrust Litigation
  • Bankruptcy And Creditors' Rights
  • Broker Dealers And Investment Advisors
  • Charitable And Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Condemnation And Eminent Domain
  • Corporate Counseling
  • Debt Finance
  • Election And Political Law Public Policy And Lobbying
  • Emerging Companies And Venture Capital
  • Employee Benefits And Executive Compensation
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Estate Planning And Probate
  • Government Contracts
  • Health Care
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Immigration
  • Indian Law
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Transactions
  • International Business
  • International Estate Planning
  • Labor And Employment
  • Labor And Employment Litigation
  • Land Use
  • Maritime And Fisheries Law
  • Maritime Litigation
  • Mergers And Acquisitions
  • Municipal Law
  • Natural Resources
  • Pesticide And Product Regulation
  • Privately Held Companies
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • Publicly Traded Companies
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate And Construction Litigation
  • Securities Litigation And Enforcement
  • Tax
  • Transnational Litigation
  • Transportation And Logistics
  • Trusts And Estates Litigation
  • White Collar Defense And Investigations
  • Business Corporate Finance And Tax
  • China Practice
  • Construction
  • Customs And International Trade
  • Education
  • Environment And Natural Resources
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Labor Employment And Immigration
  • Land Use And Real Estate
  • Litigation And Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Regulatory And Government Affairs
  • Trusts Estates And Charitable Organizations

Pro bono

On August 27, 2009, Garvey Schubert Barer was one of eight firms honored by Jewish Family Service of Seattle with an Outstanding Service Award in recognition of work for the Holocaust Ghetto Workers Reparations Project. Garvey Schubert Barer associate Michelle Rosenthal has joined with others in providing pro bono legal services for the Seattle branch of the project. In 2007 the German chancellor announced the creation of the Ghetto Work Payment Program, which offers a one-time payment of 2,000 Euro (approx. $2,600 USD) to Holocaust survivors who performed involuntary labor in Nazi-controlled ghettos during World War II. Approximately 60,000 survivors may be eligible for these payments. To help these survivors, Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles collaborates with law firms across the nation to organize legal clinics and train volunteer lawyers to properly prepare the forms. As of August 2009, Seattle volunteer lawyers have helped over 40 survivors submit applications for reparations.

Foster Garvey PC Awards and Recognitions

Inaugural Ed Sullivan Housing Advocate Award Presented to PSU's Dr. Lisa Bates

Melodie Virtue Named 2008 Achievement Award Winner by American Women in Radio & Television

John Crigler Receives 2009 NFCB Bader Award

Stan Barer Honored with Human Relations Award by Greater Seattle Chapter of the American Jewish Committee

Oregon State Bar Honors Larry J. Brant with Award of Merit

Michael Garvey Receives Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award

5th Annual John Wooten Leadership Awards will Honor Legacy of Garvey Schubert Barer Attorney Keven Davis

David Canary of Garvey Schubert Barer to Receive Pro Bono Award of Merit from the Multnomah Bar Association


Diversity is a core value at Garvey Schubert Barer

Summer associate program

For our summer program, Garvey Schubert Barer seeks bright, motivated and well-rounded law students with skills that we think are a good long-term fit with our firm. We assign summer associates actual client projects that are challenging and reflect the realities of practicing law. We want you and every summer associate to have an accurate snapshot of life as an attorney at our firm.

Our goal is to find law students who will one day be associates in our firm and ultimately make their careers here as owners. By virtue of our size and culture, we provide all of our attorneys an opportunity to get involved in meaningful work and direct client service right from start. We have strong mentoring and professional development programs that help attorneys grow their skills and practices. Our dedication to the professional growth of our attorneys is matched by our commitment to a work ethic that leaves time for personal lives.

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