Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt named Graciela Gomez Cowger as the first CEO and the first woman to lead the 125-year-old law firm based in Seattle, the firm announced Thursday.

Cowger takes over leadership of the firm from Dave Bartz Jr., the outgoing president, and Mark Long, managing partner, who shared dual leadership for the past 16 years, according to the firm. Both will continue to practice law with Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt, according to the release.

The firm has more than 170 attorneys in offices around the Pacific Northwest, including Bend.

Cowger specializes in law applied to technology and health care, according to the firm’s website. She grew up in Tijuana, Mexico, and graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, according to Before becoming a lawyer, she worked for tech giant HP Inc. as a design engineer. She earned her law degree from the University of Washington.

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