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Heather M Morado

Entertainment Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   31 reviews

About Heather

Learn Heather’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Entertainment
    35%
    Experienced and top-rated legal counsel to a diverse array of clients in the business of entertainment, including the music industry, film, television, toys and gaming, theater, book publishing, and interactive entertainment.

    17 years

  2. Business
    25%
    Proactive and client-tailored general counsel services for a wide variety of both emerging and established business clients.

    17 years

  3. Trademark application
    25%
    The clearance and registration of federal trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    17 years

  4. Copyright application
    5%
    The preparation and filing of federal copyright applications with the U.S. Copyright Office.

    17 years

  5. Copyright infringement
    5%
    Dispute resolution related to copyright infringement matters.

    17 years

  6. Trademark infringement
    5%
    Dispute resolution related to trademark infringement matters.

    17 years

Heather M. Morado is the founder of Morado Law, PLLC, where she counsels both emerging and established clients with regard to entertainment, intellectual property, and general business matters.  As a former professional violinist, Heather brings a unique perspective to her law practice, often employing a right and left-brained approach in developing pragmatic, creative, and business-focused solutions for her clients.

An accomplished musician in her own right, Heather truly understands and connects with the creative community that she serves.  Heather credits the rigor and difficulty of her classical violin training with instilling discipline, attention to detail, and creative problem-solving skills that have enabled her to deliver an exceptional level of quality legal service to her clients.

Heather has received numerous professional recognitions and awards, including the following notable achievements:

“50 Attorneys of Note in the Music Business” designation - Billboard Magazine feature naming the top 50 attorneys in the United States available to professionals in the music, media, and entertainment industries.

“Distinguished Lawyer” designation from the Expert Network – selective award based on knowledge, reputation, and professional achievement, limited to the top 3% of all attorneys nationwide.

“Rising Star” award from Washington Superlawyers – recognition for attorneys that have received a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, limited to the top 2.5% of attorneys in Washington state.

“Client’s Choice” award from Avvo, Inc. – recognition based on consistent superior client ratings with regard to an attorney’s knowledge, responsiveness, and trustworthiness.

Heather is a cum laude graduate of Seattle University School of Law, where she was named a Dean’s Scholar.  Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Puget Sound, earned under a full scholarship on the basis of musical and academic merit.  Heather is a member of the Washington State Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.  Her professional associations include the American Bar Association entertainment law and intellectual property law sections, the Pacific Northwest chapter of the Recording Academy, and she has served on the board of directors of Women in Film / Seattle.  In addition, Heather authors an entertainment and intellectual property law blog at seattleentertainmentlawyer.com. 

In her spare time, Heather teaches a small studio of violin and piano students, and has performed with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, the Skagit Opera orchestra, and the Bellevue Opera orchestra.

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Morado Law is a boutique intellectual property, entertainment, and business law firm.  Highly professional yet also approachable, we have earned a reputation for high quality work, exceptional client service, trustworthiness, and integrity.
Licensed for 18 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/25/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Heather

Morado Law PLLC
One Union Square
600 University St, Suite 620
Seattle, WA, 98101

Reviews

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Posted by Jeff | November 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
From A-Z to PBS!
I hired Heather to handle the legal work for my documentary. In the consultation, she was very clear about expectations (what I'd need, what it would cost, and when she could get it done). She was very fast in her responses and generous in answering my questions. The work was affordable, but you wouldn't know that from the quality. On a tight budget, she handled the legal work and the documentary is now on PBS. I would highly recommend working with Heather if you are in the film industry and looking to dot your i's and cross your t's to have your film ready for distribution.
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Response from Heather Morado November 23, 2019
Thank you Jeff, it was a pleasure working with you! Congratulations on obtaining distribution for your film!
Posted by Vahid | September 12, 2019
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Quick and affordable
I needed to hire a US licensed attorney to extend the time to file a statement of use for my trademark for a non-profit organization. I had done a couple of extensions before myself as it is not a complex procedure. However, the new USPTO regulations did not allow me to do it myself as I do not live in the US. I contacted a few US attorneys, and all of them asked for a very high fee which was irrelevant to the task. Heather's fee was affordable and very reasonable considering the task. She was also very quick in responding and following up. I am very satisfied with her services.
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Response from Heather Morado September 13, 2019
Thank you Vahid! It was a pleasure working with you!
Posted by Shannon | October 31, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
responsive and professional
Heather was great. She handled my contract questions and stayed within her estimate, which was greatly appreciated. Very efficient, professional, knowledgeable and nice.
Posted by Brandon | August 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Heather helped be resolve a dispute with a former music business associate in a timely and professional manner. She is an excellent lawyer, and would recommend her to any musician seeking help with a legal matter in the business.
Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2017
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A great music copyright attorney
Heather Morado is a superb music law attorney who quickly got to the facts of my case and explained each part of the issues that needed to be tackled. She is professional , thorough, and calming in her relationships with her clients. If you need someone to handle your legal issues concerning the music business, Heather is a first rate lawyer for the job.
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Posted by Ozo | August 18, 2016
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Independent Film Counsel
Heather was a tremendous resource during my process of investing in an independent film. Her knowledge was exceptional in virtually all important aspects of film finance such as capital structure, business formation, contract review, and taxation. Heather is extremely professional, responsive, and friendly to work with. I highly recommend Heather Morado for anyone's need for legal services related to the entertainment industry.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2016
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The Very Best Of The Best! Five Stars!
Heather M Morado is a top tier lawyer and she delivers the best legal services that you will find! She is not only brilliant and quick to find solutions and solve problems, but she is there for you, giving you piece of mind. And she walks you through the process of finding a quick resolution to any challenging legal situations that you need assistance with. If I had a close family member or friend who needed a lawyer I would recommend Heather. And I would not hesitate to call her and set up a consultation. She is the very best of the best! I recomend Heather to anyone in search of a good lawyer. I recently needed legal assistance to have some things taken care of and from a legal standpoint, I simply did not know how to handle it on my own. I needed a good lawyer to make sure that everything was handled properly. Heather listened to my thoughts, ideas, and concerns. She presented great ideas for how to handle things and she explained everything to me from the perspective of a lawyer, which gave me some new perspectives I had not previously thought of. She took a great deal of care in helping to guide me through the process of having all of my legal matters properly addressed and taken care of. When you are looking for a lawyer, you don't only want someone who is going to find solutions to the challenges you face. You want to be able to rest assured that everything is being taken care of, that you are being taken care of, and that all of your legal matters are safe, in good hands, and being handled properly. You want the piece of mind that everything will be okay in the end. Heather delivers. You can trust her. She is passionate about the excellent work that she does and she works hard! She goes above and beyond with everything, and she exceeds expectations. No matter what legal challenges you face, she'll find a way to solve them! She is that good! I would trust her with anything.
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Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2016
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Heather Morado is strongly suggested
I employed Heather for the first time to help me with the work of a long-term contract that would greatly effect my career. Heather's rates were fair and that price didn't reflect that amount of professionalism I received in return. Not only did things go well, but I learned priceless information from Heather in this process. Now I intend to make her my full time attorney moving forward.
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Posted by Jose | March 27, 2015
Trustworthy, Prompt, & Knowledgeable a Definite Asset
I came to Ms. Morado in desperate need of a trustworthy professional, and I received more than just a Lawyer. She has been there for me addressing all of my various projects with prompt and amazing results. Every time we consult I am thoroughly impressed with her knowledge and astute eye for details. She has always been readily available. No matter how busy she might be with her other clients, she always finds the time to at least address me. All I can say is that I am very happy with Ms. Morado, She gets things done!
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Posted by Ian | March 30, 2014
The best attorney. The one to trust and believe in.
In the entertainment field, its not easy to find genuine, honest, good hearted people that have good intentions but also have authority in there way of being professionally and personally. Heather Morado has shown nothing less than integrity, respect for all parties that she has engaged. She waists no time and has swift responses and solutions. I feel that my carrier is safe with Heather at the helm. Thank you to God and the universe that i met her.
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Posted by Kari | December 6, 2013
Highly Recommend Heather!
Heather is very knowledgeable about the entertainment industry and she was a great help to me as I navigated my way through an option agreement and management agreement for my three scripts. Her advice was invaluable and spot on and she helped me stay strong during the long negotiation period. She was super responsive and always returned my call or email within 24 hours and often times in less time. I will be highly recommending her to my screenwriting friends. Thanks Heather for all your support and help!
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Posted by Victoria | June 7, 2013
Highly recommended
Heather was extremely timely with her responses and her follow-through was thorough. She thoughtfully explained the ways in which the music industry has changed and helped me to clearly see the options I had been presented without all of the dense legalese that can get cumbersome and confusing. I would highly recommend her services.
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2013
Effective
Heather Morado provided me with a book option agreement. She was professional, efficient, and effective and I would certainly recommend her for similar projects.
Posted by Elizabeth Partridge | February 10, 2013
Artist
Heather is very professional, courteous, highly knowledgeable and prompt with her services. She explained the contract thoroughly. and was clear and precise answering my questions. I am proud to highly recommend Heather.
Posted by Eric | September 1, 2012
New artist signed to a label.
Heather help revise an artist/label contract for me. She modified the agreement so that my rights (the artist) would be represented better. She was very quick to work with. She was prompt to communicate and she even followed up with me after the contract was revised to confirm that all had gone well with the label. I'm looking forward to working with her in the future and would definitely recommend her to others!
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Posted by Tom | July 17, 2012
Hollywood options
Heather represented me in signing a film-rights option with a major, Oscar-winning film production company for my science fiction novel, Dinosaur Wars. Negotiating with a major player in Hollywood was intimidating to me, but Heather helped me get through it with calm, competent guidance.
Posted by Mark | June 14, 2012
Excellent partner
I have been working with Heather for almost 9 months now (as of this writing), where she has helped me with a variety of topics related to the setup and ongoing operations of my film production company, including the creation of contracts, filing for a trademark and, most recently, how to handle a music licensing issue. For someone like me, who possess more enthusiasm than experience, Heather's presence has been invaluable. I come to her with a lot of questions, and her responses are always insightful and complete. She's careful to present all sides of an issue, to give advice when I ask (but not when I don't), and give me the knowledge I need to make informed decisions. One example of particular importance was our discussion about the hiring of actors and crew, and how they are perceived by the various government agencies. This was all new to me, but after talking it out with Heather I felt ready to deal with the issues involved. Heather is also great to deal with. She's not scary at all! I recommend her without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2012
great experience with Heather
Heather was very helpful throughout the process. Knowing little about intellectual property law, her knowledge was welcomed and refreshing. I had never had to hire a lawyer before, so having her walk me through my options and keeping me informed was great and kept me at ease during a stressful time.
Posted by Mia | August 25, 2011
Heather is helpful, flexible and reliable. I love working with her.
My experience with Heather has been positive. She has helped me personally with 5 different contracts. She is patient and takes time to explain things along the way. I've had multiple revisions, as well a steep learning curve, and was able to follow her guidance to get what I needed. I am feeling very confident and satisfied with the end product. Thanks Heather!
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Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2011
Heather Morado Review
Heather Morado listens, researches and finds answers. She is smart, quick, thorough and responsive. I needed a deeper understanding of SAG and AFTRA's stand on a talent's fi-core status and she delivered brilliantly. Because of Heather's research, I now have an understanding of the issues surrounding fi-core status and feel very clear about what was previously a clouded issue.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Morado Law PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Rosen Lewis PLLC
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Invicta Law Group PLLC
  • 2004 - 2011
  • Legal Intern
  • KCTS Channel 9
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Legal Intern
  • Experience Music Project
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Research Associate
  • Seattle University, Professor Henry W. McGee, Jr.
  • 2001 - 2003
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Institute on International and Comparative Law in Barcelona, Spain
  • 2002
  • University of Puget Sound
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Mediation
  • Settlement
  • Frias Holding Co. et al v. Limousine International.com, Inc., et al
  • Settlement
  • NCS Pearson, Inc. v. Early Ascent, LLC
  • Settlement
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Associations

  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • Admitted
  • 2008 - Present
  • Women in Film Seattle
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • King County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Latina/o Bar Association of Washington
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association Forum on Entertainment and Sports
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Vespertine Opera Theater
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 50 Music Industry Lawyers
  • Billboard Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Attorneys in Washington
  • Seattle Met Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Spotlight profile
  • King County Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Client's Choice award
  • Avvo, Inc.
  • 2013
  • Top Attorneys in Washington
  • Seattle Met Magazine
  • 2013
  • Client's Choice award
  • Avvo, Inc.
  • 2012
  • J.D. cum laude
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 2003
  • Dean's Scholarship
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 2000
  • Presidential Scholarship
  • University of Puget Sound
  • 1999
  • Fuchs Scholarship
  • University of Puget Sound
  • 1999
  • Marjorie Baker Scholarship
  • University of Puget Sound
  • 1999
  • Kilworth Scholarship
  • University of Puget Sound
  • 1999
  • School of Music Scholarship
  • University of Puget Sound
  • 1999
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Publications

  • New trends, tools, and tips: keeping your practice current
  • Strategies for reducing litigation costs
  • 2011
  • Lorman Seminars
  • Designing, Implementing, and Enforcing a Document Retention Policy
  • 2010
  • King County Bar Association
  • Right of publicity issues in video games
  • 2010
  • Attorney Fees in Washington
  • Drafting Effective Fee Agreements
  • 2009
  • International Trademark Association
  • The Intersection of Trademarks and the Music Industry
  • 2009
  • Intellectual Property for the Non-IP Attorney
  • Identifying, Managing, and Enforcing Trademarks
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Beyond the Curtain
  • Legal and business aspects of the music industry
  • 2016
  • STG Songwriters Lab
  • Music Industry Contracts
  • 2014
  • Seattle Web Series Meetup
  • Legal Issues in New Media Productions
  • 2012
  • Decibel Conference
  • Legal and insurance aspects of the music business
  • 2011
  • The Indie Film News Show
  • Licensing requirements for music in film
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (11)
Entertainment Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Heather for her unique approach as an entertainment lawyer. As a musician herself, Heather truly appreciates the talents of her clients and strives with conviction and vigor to help them achieve their professional goals. While she was in law school, Heather was pointed out to me by one of her professors as one of the most promising students learning intellectual property and licensing. Since then, I've followed Heather's career with interest and enjoyment. (Plus, Heather and I agree that Jascha Heifetz was one of the greatest musicians of all time.)"
Intellectual property Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known this lawyer since the years that our offices were in the same suite. She is dilligent, competent and dedicated to providing excellent service for her clients."
Intellectual property Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Heather on a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board case that she successfully resolved. She is very dedicated, responsible, and knowledgeable. Overall, I think Heather's a terrific lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I am impressed with her passion and experience in arts, particularly in music. Her skill set should be invaluable asset to clients who seek an IP lawyer."
Entertainment Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Entertainment Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Heather has been a real asset when I need guidance on IP issues."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Entertainment Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Heather's work. She is professional, knowledgable and dedicated. I will refer matters to her with confidence that the client will be managed with utmost expertise and care."
Entertainment Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Heather and I worked together on some intellectual property litigation. She is smart, responsive, and has a good grasp of the entire range of issues our clients face. I turn to her when I need an insightful analysis of a problem."
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