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About me

I am a business and corporate attorney primarily representing seed-stage and emerging-growth companies in the formation, funding, and sale of innovative businesses. I also advise founders and key hires in evaluating contractual and compensatory arrangements; angel investors in evaluating and closing seed-stage investments; and buyers in evaluating, negotiating, and closing business acquisitions.


Practice areas


  1. Venture Capital: 20%
  2. Business: 20%
    20 years
  3. Mergers & Acquisitions: 20%
    20 years
  4. Intellectual Property: 20%
    20 years
  5. Corporate & Incorporation: 20%
    20 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    I have worked with Joe on several challenging business transactions over the last 15 years. His intelligence, clear thinking, and creativity helped bring each one to a successful close. Highly recommend him for virtually any type of business work.


    Armand Kornfeld Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • John H. Chun

    I endorse this lawyer. Joe are I are former law partners. Joe brings a terrific blend of skills to his practice: a keen intellect, an ability to find practical solutions, and grace under pressure. Also, he is highly ethical.


    John Chun Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Stansell Law PLLC

8201 164th Ave. NE, Suite 200
Redmond, WA, 98052


CANot eligible to practice law (Not Entitled)198908/25/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top LawyerSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
Order of CoifUniversity of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law1988
Phi Beta KappaUniversity of Idaho1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerStansell Law PLLC2003 - Present
PartnerMundt MacGregor LLP1996 - 2002
AssociateMazzarella Dunwoody LLP1991 - 1995
AssociateLatham & Watkins LLP1989 - 1991
Judicial ClerkU.S. Court Of Appeals, 9th Circuit1988 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember, Securities Committee, Business Section2010 - Present
Lake Washington Youth Soccer AssociationVice President2005 - 2007
Lake Washington Youth Soccer AssociationTreasurer2003 - 2004
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of IdahoEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Advising the New Tech Startup: Financing & Ethical ConsiderationsPreferred Stock Financing2015
NBI - Mergers and Acquisitions from Start to FinishStarting the Deal2002
NBI - Corporate Governance in WashingtonEthics in Corporate Governance2001
NBI - Mergers and Acquisitions: The Art of Doing DealsPreliminary Matters: Letters of Intent and Due Diligence2000
How to Raise Private Equity CapitalUnderstanding the Key Elements of Term Sheets2000
NBI - Counseling the Small Business in WashingtonChoice of Entity1999