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Bill is a business lawyer with 23 years experience serving emerging technology companies, serial entrepreneurs and angel investors.

Bill's corporate clients operate in Web Service, Gaming, Robotics, Custom Software Development, VR, Digital Media and other IT industries. He also represents founders and C-level executives of venture-backed companies in transition. Frequently, he works with his firm's litigators to anticipate, avoid or bring lawsuits for clients.

Recent transactions:

  • Representation of a successful, privately held FinTech venture in its sale to a public financial services company;

  • Representation of a leading developer of Microsoft-based applications in the course of negotiating master services and license agreements with dozens of Fortune 500 companies;

  • Counsel to a founder in the formation and organization of a robotics startup;

  • Representation of a game company in series of non-or mildly-dilutive financing transactions (e.g., development seeding from Fortune 50 companies; project-specific SPV; note and warrant financing);

  • Representation of the owner in the sale of his commercial aircraft customization company to a private equity firm;

  • Representation of a digital agency in its spinout and sale of a legacy ecommerce platform to the Canadian affiliate of a European company;

  • Representation of executives departing from or onboarding Microsoft, Amazon and Google; and

  • Representation of lead investors in I-502 marijuana startups.

Bill is active in national policy impacting angel investing. He serves as Chair of the Angel Capital Association's Public Policy Committee Advisory Council, and writes and presents frequently on general solicitation and accredited investor verification under Rule 506(c). On this topic, he has written articles for the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, GeekWire and VC Experts, and been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Reuters,, Forbes,, Compliance Week amd


Practice areas


  1. M & A: 20%
    24 years
  2. Licensing: 20%
    21 years
  3. Internet: 20%
    21 years
  4. Securities Offerings: 20%
    24 years
  5. Corporate: 20%
    24 years



Hourly ($420-480/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (45 minutes)

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  • Michael Schneider

    I have worked opposite Bill on a few commercial transactions and he is always a tenacious advocate for his clients, while at the same time being reasonable and helping achieve a contract that works for both sides. Highly recommended.


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  • Joseph Michael Wallin

    Bill is a great lawyer and an enjoyable one to work with to boot! I highly recommend him!


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Contact info

McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren PLLC

600 University Street, Suite 2700
One Union Square
Seattle, WA, 98101-4151


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Great Web Startup LawyersGiff Constable (
Order of the CoifNational Order of the Coif1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
General CounselWho's Calling2002 - 2006
General CounselTamarac, Inc.2001 - 2002
Associate and PartnerCairncross & Hempelmann, P.S.1991 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Angel Capital Association Advisory CouncilChair2014 - Present
Angel Capital Association Public Policy Advisory CouncilMember2010 - 2014
Publication nameTitleDate
Crowdsourcing.orgThree things broken in investment crowdfunding that SEC regulations won't fix2013
GeekWireVisual language: Stagecraft in Obama’s Google Hangout2013
Practical Law Company publicationExpert Q&A on Accredited Crowdfunding2013
GeekWireCrowding out angels from startup financings?2012
Crowdsourcing.orgCrowdfunding for the 1%2012 in) Crowd funding warning from Washington and the SEC2012
GeekWireFacebook may be discovering that mobile users don’t like ads2012
ReutersQuoted in "State regulators fight for 'crowdfunding' control"2012
Wall Street JournalLive Chat: What Will the JOBS Act Mean for U.S. Start-Ups?2012
GeekWireThe JOBS Act means different things to different people in the startup community2012
Crowdsourcing.orgCrowdfunding is white-hot on Capitol Hill - will it survive the fire?2012
GeekWireFiddling with user timelines: A wrong turn for Twitter?2012
GeekWireFred Wilson’s $5,000 Startup Lawyer Challenge2011
Wall Street JournalQuoted on mobile apps and startup costs2011
GeekWireOn the Scene: A Geek’s Guide to the Wall Street Occupation2011
GeekWireQuoted in "Why Zillow insiders want to keep the stock above $25 per share"2011
Atlantic (James Fallows blog)Imagined Obama Address in "Thanksgiving Guest Post #2: 'This Is What Is Happening'"2011
The Wall Street Journal Online (Suzanne Barlyn interview)Compromising on Private Placement Regulation2010
TechFlash (guest post co-authored w/ Dan Rosen & Joe Wallin)Rules for angel financing saved2010
TechFlashThe future of privacy law in the era of Foursquare and check-ins2010
Seattle 2.0 (guest post co-authored w/ Joe Wallin)Entrepreneurs, Investors & Lawyers Ask Senators to Protect Startup Financings2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cornell Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Cornell UniversityEnglishMaster Fine Arts, with distinction1986
Lafayette CollegeN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Angel Capital Association 2015 SummitAnd the Beat Goes On... (General Solicitation, Reg A+ and Accredited Investor Definition)2015
Thomson Reuters 2014 Online Financial Services SymposiumDisruptive Alternatives: An insight to Crowd Funding and Peer-to-Peer lending, the new investment vehicles for investors2014
2014 Angel Capital Association SummitThe New SEC Regulations: Practical Interpretation and Guidance for Angel Group Management Activities2014
Seattle Angel ConferenceCrowdfunding, AngelList and angel investing: the Venn of it all2013
Angel Capital Association: 2013 Northwest Regional MeetingTwo kinds of investment crowdfunding2013
Webinar: Understanding the JOBS ActUnderstanding the JOBS Act2012
Taking Advantage of the JOBS ActPrivate Offerings: Impact of the Elimination of Regulation D Rule 506 Prohibitions on General Solicitation2012
Legal Stuff Explained 2.4Equity Crowdfunding Dissected2012
Legal Advice For Entrepreneurs & Their CompaniesLegal Advice For Entrepreneurs & Their Companies2012
Angel Capital Association: 2012 Northwest Regional MeetingPublic policy update2012
Angel Capital Association 2012 SummitThe New Reality - Impact of Washington DC Policymakers on Angels and Startups2012
TWiL #133Beyonce, Bad Laws, and Breastaurants2011
TWiL #108Apple mobile trade dress and other topics2011
Angel Capital Association Northwest Regional MeetingPublic Policy Outlook Panel2011
2011 IBOP ConferenceTechnology startups (breakout session)2011
SMC Seattle Workshop: Social Media and the LawThe Future of Social Media2010
2010 Angel Capital Association Summit - Pre-Summit Term Sheet Program, PanelistAngel Term Sheets2010
The 2007 Annual Entrepreneurship Event: Improving Business RelationshipsImproving Business Relationships2007