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Eric Sinclair Carlson

Mergers and acquisitions Attorney at Bellevue, WA

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Rick Carlson

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About Eric

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My practice focuses on general business with a concentration in corporate finance, venture capital, securities, debtor-creditor issues, executive compensation, and technology licensing. I have experience dealing in franchising, asset securitization, private placement of securities, securities registrations and '34 Act reporting for public companies, reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, business formations and shareholder dispute resolution. Prior to entering private practice, I served a two year clerkship with the Honorable John L. Coffey of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. I have also served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University Law School teaching mergers and acquisitions.


Exceptional client service requires equipping clients with the key information necessary to make informed business decisions. Providing clients with the information to make wise business decisions requires understanding the nature of their problems and the factors that impact the range of solutions.  Once these aspects are understood, the best solution often becomes apparent.  I view all client relationships as a twenty year connection, even if the initial matter may only require a few hours of time.  Based upon this philosophy, I take the time to understand the business of each client up front.  Over time, as I and our firm are tasked to handle additional client matters, we get to learn more about our clients and their businesses, which helps us better deliver legal services tailored to their needs.

Licensed for 30 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 12/06/2022
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1992
Updated 11/25/2022

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Eric Sinclair Carlson
10900 Ne 4th St Ste 1850
Bellevue, WA, 98004-8341
Eric Sinclair Carlson
10900 Ne 4th St #1850
Bellevue, WA, 98004-8341
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Posted by Bryan | February 7, 2011
A great business attorney
Rick has been my attorney for well over a dozen years for several of my businesses. I have found him to not only have a great legal mind, but also real-world common sense. I have, and do, highly recommend his services. He has successfully guided me and my businesses from filing for a business license through the successful negotiation and the sale of several businesses. He is thorough, knowledgeable, and a true pleasure to work with.
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Posted by Gail | December 16, 2010
Highly Recommend
Rick has been our business attorney going on 10 years and we feel very happy and comfortable with this relationship. Rick is available to help us out with any of our business concerns that tend to arise periodically with staffing, lease negotiations, our corporate franchisor relationship, etc..
Posted by Sree | December 16, 2010
Rick is a great partner
Rick got us started when we were an early stage startup. Was patient to go through and address our needs even though we didn't have much affordability. Got us connected to the right partners over time. Gave us good and practical counsel. I highly recommend him.


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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Peterson Russell Kelly, PLLC
  • 2003 - Present
  • Partner
  • Peterson Russell Kelly PLLC
  • 2000 - Present
  • Partner
  • Williams, Kastner & Gibbs PLLC
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Williams, Kastner & Gibbs PLLC
  • 1994 - 1998
  • Clerk
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • 1992 - 1994
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  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor (Order of the Coif)
  • 1992
  • Washington State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • 1983

Legal Cases

  • Venture Capital Financing
  • Closed two rounds of financing totaling $40m


  • Bellevue Convention Center Authority Board of Directors
  • 2005 - Present
  • WSBA Business Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • 1995 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Seventh Circuit
  • 1993 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • WSBA Business Law Section
  • Chairman
  • 2009 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Seattle University School of Law, Adjunct Professor
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
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Commercial real estate Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Rick is an excellent business attorney. His strong intellect, work ethic, and integrity are unsurpassed."
Business Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Rick's competence and performance as a lawyer. I have worked with Rick as California and Washington counsel for my clients over the last ten years. His client communications are outstanding. He is a leader in our community in both community and legal organizations."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rick is a fine attorney who manages better than most to aggressively advocate for his clients while maintaining the highest professional standards in dealing with the attorneys he is working with and against. I strongly endorse Rick and his work."
Business Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Rick and his work for many years. Rick's insights into the law combined with his extensive knowledge about business has generated great feed back from the clients I have referred to him. To top it off, he is highly responsive. When my clients need help on business matters, I never hesitate to refer them to Rick and his firm."
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Bellevue Mergers and acquisitions Lawyer Eric Sinclair Carlson
Eric Sinclair Carlson
Mergers and acquisitions Attorney
Bellevue, WA
Licensed for 30 years