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 In the 2013 legislative session, I testified in favor of the idea and several legislators, including Cyrus Habib, sponsored the bill. The bill came too late in the 2013 session, but was renewed in the 2014 session. I testified twice during that session in favor of the bill, both the House and the Senate approved it, and the Governor signed the bill into law on March 27, 2014. I have been actively involved throughout the regulatory process since that time. 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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