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Elise Brickner-Schulz

Director of Oregon Litigation Workflow and Legal Staff Manager
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Elise Brickner-Schulz
Elise Brickner-Schulz

About Elise

Elise Brickner-Schulz joined Miller Nash in 1987. Elise is an experienced paralegal in the practice areas of securities, corporate, and shareholder disputes; banking and financial institutions; litigation, arbitration, and mediation; products liability; and public policy and government.

Elise has assisted in over 60 trials and has had extensive contact with clients, including an internationally known manufacturer. She has designed and implemented in-house litigation management systems, as well as coordinated and overseen 30 outside counsel to work on over 80 cases nationwide. She has also assisted in many of the firm’s Pro Bono matters.

Elise is responsible for workflow coordination and productivity for the firms litigation associates. She is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono, Diversity, and Technology Committees.


  • B.A., Portland State University, social sciences


Professional Plus
  • Association of Legal Administrators
    • President-elect, 2017-present
    • Resource Services Director, 2015-2017
    • Board member
  • International Project Management Association (fka International Paralegal Management Association)
    • Past president
    • Past vice president of membership
    • Past secretary-treasurer
  • Multnomah Bar Association, associate member
  • Oregon Paralegal Association, member
  • Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation, associate member
  • Portland Community College Paralegal Program Advisory Council, chair
  • National Bar Association, associate member

Civic Plus
  • American Heart Associations Go Red For Women, executive leadership team, 2015
  • Oregon Area Jewish Committee
    • Board of directors immediate past, president
    • Past development committee chair
  • Cedar Sinai Park
    • Board of trustees, 2012-present; chair, 2020-present
    • Development committee, chair, June 2013-present
  • Cedar Sinai Park Foundation, president
  • Cascade AIDS Project
    • President-elect, 2017-present
    • Secretary, 2016-2017
    • At Large Executive Committee member
    • Development Chair
    • Board of directors, 2012-present
  • Clackamas County Victims Impact Panel, speaker
  • Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, 2010 Race cochair
  • Oregon NARAL, past board member
  • Active in organizations that serve people experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as various women’s political organizations


  • 2016 Action Award, Cascade AIDS Project
  • Unsung Legal Hero of the Year Award, Daily Journal of Commerce, 2011
  • Quilted Northern—Soft & Strong Champions Award, 2010
  • Susan G. Komen Oregon & Southwest Washington—Strength of Many Award, 2009
  • International Paralegal Management Association—Community Spirit Award
  • International Paralegal Management Association—President’s Award

Insights from Elise

  • “Creating a Successful Team Assistant Program: How to Grow Your Own Assistants,” International Practice Management Association, 2019 Annual Conference (Oct. 2019)
  • “Cover Letters and Resumes: Getting in the Door,” Portland Community College’s Paralegal Career Day (Jan. 2019)
  • “What Employers Look for in Applicants,” Portland Community College’s Paralegal Career Day (Jan. 2019)
  • “PCC Paralegal Program Graduation,” Portland Community College’s Paralegal Program’s graduation ceremony (June 2017)
  • “The 21st Century Paralegal, What Do Employers Need,” Pacific Regional Conference, American Association for Paralegal Education (Mar. 2017)
  • “Improving Your Effectiveness Through Influence and Persuasion,” webinar, International Practice Management Association (Jan. 2017)
  • “Tips and Guidance For Finding and Getting the Right Job,” Portland Community College Paralegal Career Day (Jan. 2016)
  • “Improving Managerial Effectiveness & Influence,” 2015 Annual Conference & Expo, International Practice Management Association (Oct. 2015)
  • “Reality Check: What I Want a Paralegal Candidate to Tell Me They Know,” 2015 Pacific Regional Conference, American Association for Paralegal Education (Apr. 2015)
  • “PCC Paralegal Program Graduation” Portland Community College’s Paralegal Program’s graduation ceremony (June 2014)
  • “Portland Community College Paralegal Career Day: Interview Tips,” Portland Community College’s Paralegal Career Day (Jan. 2014)
  • “Student/New Paralegal Success Seminar,” Oregon Paralegal Association (Oct. 2013)
  • “Interview Tips and Networking,” Portland Community College’s Paralegal Career Day (Jan. 2013)
  • “Mentoring & Cross-Training Your Staff: How to Connect & Innovate Our Most Valued Resource,” 2012 Annual Conference and Expo, International Paralegal Management Association (Oct. 2012)
  • “Career Success Seminar,” 2011 Convention, Oregon Paralegal Association (Oct. 2011)
  • “Changing Roles As Managers: Doing More With Less,” 26th Annual International Paralegal Management Association Conference (Oct. 2010)
  • “21st Century Paralegal: What Employers Need” AAfPE 28th Annual Conference (Oct. 2009)
  • “Access to Jobs,” AAfPE Pacific Regional Conference (Oct. 2009)
  • “Seminar for Success - Litigation,” The Seminar for Success, Portland Community College (May 2007)


Outside the Office

When not working or volunteering, Elise loves to garden, read, and travel with her husband.