Joe Wallin // Startups & Growth Companies. Financings. Exits.

I am a startup and corporate transactions attorney in Seattle. My practice falls into three broad categories:

  1. Startups & Emerging Companies
  2. Angel & Venture Financings
  3. Mergers & Acquisitions

I represent companies from inception to exit, and provide general counsel services along the way. For example, I regularly help companies with contracts of all kinds, and help them adopt and administer stock option and other forms of equity compensation plans and arrangements. I also represent investors in companies, as well as executives and founders. You can reach me at (206) 669-0997, or via email at You can follow me on Twitter at @joewallin. I am a frequent public speaker, and happily entertain offers to speak.


Washington State Equity Crowdfunding Law

I was the “ideator” for Washington State’s equity crowdfunding law. In July of 2012, I wrote about this idea on this blog. In that blog post, I proposed the first draft of the bill. This blog post later appeared in This bill allows companies to raise up to $1 million per year from both accredited and non-accredited investors. I have written about crowdfunding for Xconomy, and have appeared on NPR and on HuffPost TV to talk about crowdfunding.


News and Media


Community Recognition and Involvement

  • Guest, Startup Grind Seattle, March 26, 2014
  • Speaker, JOBS Act Developments, TIE Event, March 19, 2014
  • Testimony, House Business & Financial Service Committee, January 17, 2014 (
  • Speaker, CLE, Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing, December 13, 2013
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Washington MBA Class on Entrepreneurship, Term Sheets, October 11, 2013
  • Speaker, Gamer Technology Law, Seattle, Washington, October 7, 2013
  • Panelist, Danger or Opportunity? Impact of New SEC Rules for Funding Solicitation, MIT Enterprise Forum Northwest, October 3, 2013
  • Webinar Presenter, Angel Capital Association, The New SEC Rules and Their Impact on Startups and Angels, August 6, 2013
  • Presentation, Agreements Entrepreneurs Need In Place To Raise Angel Money, August 5, 2013
  • Presentation to the Puget Sound Venture Club, Pre-Money Valuations, July 9, 2013
  • Selected to “Washington Super Lawyers,” 2011-2013, 2004 and to “Washington Rising Stars,” Thomson Reuters, 2004
  • Speaker, Public Policy & Startups, Eastside Business Roundtable Breakfast Meeting, May 23, 2013
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Washington Law School, Law & Entrepreneurship, April 8, 2013
  • Testimony, “Washington’s Entrepreneurial Climate and a Proposed Crowdfunding Bill,” House Technology and Economic Development Committee, Washington State Legislature, March 28, 2013 (Materials; Video)
  • Panelist, Legal & Tax Advice For Entrepreneurs & Their Companies, Seattle Entrepreneurs Meetup Group, March 18, 2013
  • Panelist, Northwest Regional Meeting of the Angel Capital Association, Public Policy Discussion, Seattle, March 14, 2013
  • Presenter, M&A Merge Briefing, with the Corum Group, March 12, 2013
  • Presenter, Term Sheets (for the Seattle Angel Conference), at the SURF Incubator, February 4, 2013
  • Mock Negotiation Participant, Term Sheet Cage Match, World Financial Symposiums Growth and Exit Strategies for Software and IT Companies Conference, January 30, 2013.
  • Presentation, Puget Sound Venture Club, Update on IRC Sections 1202, 1045, and 1244 (January 8, 2003)
  • Moderator, Northwest IPO Success Factors, November 29, 2012
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Washington MBA Class on Entrepreneurship, November 15, 2012
  • Panelist, “Crowdfunding Panel Entrepreneur University 2012: Welcome to the Hothouse!”, November 9, 2012
  • Presentation, “General Solicitation and Startups,” October 24, 2012 (
  • Presentation, “Term Sheets,” SURF Incubator, October 15, 2012
  • “Recent Developments and Implementation Measures Under the JOBS Act,” Davis Wright Tremaine CLE, Seattle, September 12, 2012
  • Presentation to the Puget Sound Venture Club, September 11, 2012, The JOBS Act and What It Means
  • Participant in the Convertible Note Fishbowl, held at the SURF Incubator in Seattle, July 17, 2012
  • June 18, 2012: Panelist, Startup Matchmaking: Finding a Co-Founder, Building Your Team, Joining a Startup (with Terry Drayton, Daniel Gallagher, and Saqib Rasool), Seattle
  • May 3, 2012: “Is It Time to Revisit Corporate Structure?,” at the Securities Law for Emerging Companies Conference (CLE), Seattle
  • May 2, 2012: Public policy panel, ACA Northwest Regional Meeting (with Tom Alberg, Dan Rosen, Gary Kocher, and William Carleton)
  • April 25, 2012: G+ hangout re the JOBS Act (w/ Denise Howell (@denisehowell), Bill Carleton (@wac6) & Doug Cornelius (@dougcornelius))
  • 2011 Nominee for Best Service Provider to Startups, Seattle 2.0
  • Panelist with @andysack and @jpwerlin @techstars, ”Startup Nights: Funding Your Startup,” Startup Nights Seattle (@StartupSea), July 13th, 2011 (
  • Participant, 2011 Rutberg Future: Mobile Conference, San Francisco, CA
  • Panelist, 2011 LA Games Conference, “The Smartphone and Tablet Revolution – What are the Latest Trends in Games and Social Networking for Portable Devices?”
  • Panelist, 2011 Northwest Regional Angel Capital Association Meeting, Seattle, Angel Capital Public Policy Matters
  • 2010 Nominee for Best Service Provider to Startups, Seattle 2.0
  • Co-Founder of, also an iPhone and Android App (written about in
  • Author of the Save Reg D Petition
  • Formerly an Adjunct Professor of Tax Law, Seattle University School of Law, 1998-2000

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