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Joseph Michael Wallin

Business Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.9   13 reviews

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas

I am a startup and corporate transactions attorney in Seattle. My practice falls into three broad categories:

 

  1. Startups and emerging companies;
  2. Angel and venture financings; and 
  3. Mergers & acquisitions.

 

I represent companies from inception to exit, and provide general counsel services along the way. For example, I regularly help companies 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 [email protected] You can follow me on Twitter at @joewallin. 

I am a frequent public speaker, and happily entertain offers to speak.

I blog at www.thestartuplawblog.com, and I podcast at www.thelawofstartups.com. 

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Licensed for 28 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 09/20/2022

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

Contact Joseph

Carney Badley Spellman, PS
Suite 3600
701 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98104

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Chris | September 17, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable and provided excellent advice!
In my search for legal advice, I reached out to Mr. Wallin and he provided quick, well documented response that allowed me to make a wise decision that was pivotal to our company. I highly recommend Mr. Wallin for legal advice. He will provide you with the best answers in a timely manner.
Posted by Chris | July 1, 2013
Joe helped me settle a start-up contract issue!
I was in need of a new lawyer with expertise in technology start-ups. Joe Wallin was referred to me from a trusted friend and I quickly understood why. From the very beginning, Joe showed concern for my interests and executed to perfection. He and his team were very responsive and communicated very clearly. Going forward, I will definitely work with Joe again and recommend him to anyone. Thanks Joe!
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Posted by Matt | May 23, 2013
Stock Option Legal Consult - Joe was great!
Joe is extremely knowledgable, both about the law, and standard industry practices when it comes to startups, and incentive equity. I was very happy that I had him, and his expertise to walk me through some complicated issues.
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2013
Understanding of State Taxation
Joe and his partner, provided me with the right set of legal advise on a 30 minute phone call which took me so many weeks to understand. Great team
Posted by Paul | April 26, 2013
Merger Transaction
We've worked with Joe for many years on general corporate matters, but recently had the chance to work with him very closely in the process of negotiating a strategic merger transaction. Very impressed with Joe’s work on the deal. Very knowledgeable, had experience with all of the relevant issues that arose, and also understood tax and equity structures really well. Also found Joe to be very detail oriented, responsive and a very genuine, well intentioned person. When in the heat of an intense merger process, an attorney with a positive attitude, great communication skills, and a penchant for negotiations is invaluable. Not only did we get the deal done, we truly enjoyed the process and working with Joe. Highly recommend Joe for M&A transactions specifically and corporate matters more generally.
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Posted by Cherie | August 3, 2010
Buy/Sell agreement, Valley Vehicle Licensing
Joe was recommended to me by Michael Roupp. I had tried to solve a business acquisition on my own, and was having a difficult time, dealing with my partner. Joe was responsive immediately, he made himself available by phone, email, and text. He gave me direction, and created a buy /sell agreement that protected me. I would highly recommend him, and will use his services again in the future
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Posted by Brayden | May 4, 2010
Exceptional Startup Attorney
I have had the opportunity to work with Joe for almost two years now, and have known him to be both a constant source of exceptional legal council and encouragement. He knows his work, the startup world and knows exactly what it takes to make success happen. I highly recommend him as a person to have at your side and as a corporate attorney.
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Posted by David | May 4, 2010
HIghly Recommended
Highly competent and responsible lawyer who provides what is needed and required very cost effectively. Is very accessible. Total integrity and a great to my business.
Posted by Barnaby | May 3, 2010
Best Startup Lawyer!!!
I've worked with a lot of lawyers and Joe is at the top of the list, especially if you are building a company. He's a great advisor, pays attention to detail, is incredibly responsive, deeply knowledgeable about tax and equity structures, has a great network, and delivers excellent value for legal dollars. Joe's also generous with his time and a lot of fun to work with.
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2009
Current client
Joe is one of the best attorneys I have worked with. I have worked with many attorneys on securities and general matters. Joe is professional, thorough, creative and able to help identify solutions to potential problems without taking unnecessary risks. I would work with Joe any time.
Posted by William | October 24, 2008
I do not make a venture investment move without Joe
Joe provides stellar, excellent and practical counsel to me and my partner in a boutique private equity / venture capital firm that maintains a portfolio of various emerging companies. We swear by Joe's guidance and do not make a move without him.
Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2008
Joe Wallin is an outstanding lawyer...
I first met Joe through a connection at Seattle University, his old stomping grounds. Unlike the lawyers I have met with in the past, Joe gave me a real good sense of his character right off the bat. He is extremely competent and knows how to listen, and dish it out as well. In regard to responsiveness, Joe would return a call or email within minutes. At times I was really impressed at his response rate. He is very open and helpful; willing to share his connections and resources to help his clients achieve their goals. I would recommend Joe above any other lawyer I have worked with n the Seattle area. Integrity, a great sense of humor, and expert knowledge in his field, make Joe my number one choice as a business attorney.
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Posted by Scott | May 26, 2010
Review JMW
We transferred to DWT because of Joe. He has a good sense for what the client needs are and does a great job striking the balance between advising on critical legal matters, however not over lawyering on issues that are not material and represent remote risk to the client. Joe has a strong background in advising Corporations like ours and always makes himself available whenever needed on short notice.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 1998 - 2000

Education

  • New York University
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1996
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Awards

  • Avvo Top Securities Offerings Lawyer
  • Washington CEO Magazine
  • 2008
  • Avvo Top Venture Capital Lawyer
  • Washington CEO Magazine
  • 2008
  • Washington State Super Lawyer
  • 2004
  • Rising Star
  • 2004
  • Rising Star
  • 2003
  • Rising Star
  • 2002
  • Rising Star
  • 2001
  • Rising Star
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Northwest Region Angel Capital Association Meeting
  • Public Policy Panel
  • 2012
  • "Recent Developments and Implementation Measures Under the JOBS Act," Davis Wright Tremaine CLE, Seattle, September 12, 2012
  • "Recent Developments and Implementation Measures Under the JOBS Act," Davis Wright Tremaine CLE, Seattle, September 12, 2012
  • 2012
  • Mergers & Acquisition: E-Commerce and Technology Transactions
  • Mergers & Acquisition: E-Commerce and Technology Transactions
  • 2007
  • 2nd Annual Angel Colloquium
  • Angel Portfolio Strategy--Panel Discussion
  • 2007
  • The Seminar Group
  • "Private Equity & Mezzainine Debt Financing"
  • 2006
  • DLA Piper and Browne Program
  • Proxy & Annual Meeting Preparation Workshop
  • 2006
  • Lorman Education Services
  • Advanced Partnerships, LLCs and LLPs: Organization and Operation in Washington
  • 2005
  • Lorman Education Services
  • Mergers and Acquisistions; Survival Tactics for Deal Lawyers
  • 2005
  • National Business Institute
  • The Ins and Outs of Limited Liability Companies in Washington
  • 2005
  • Lorman Educational Services
  • Advanced Partnerships, LLCs and LLPs: Organization and Operation in Washington
  • 2004
  • National Business Institute
  • Limited Liability Companies in Washington
  • 2004
  • Gray Cary and Browne Program
  • Proxy & Annual Meeting Preparation Workshop
  • 2004
  • National Business Institute
  • Mergers & Acquisitions From Start to Finish
  • 2003
  • Lorman Educational Services
  • Advanced Partnerships, LLCs and LLPs: Organization and Operationg in Washington
  • 2003
  • National Business Institute
  • Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships in Washington
  • 2003
  • Lorman Educational Services
  • Partnerships, LLCs and LLPs in Washington: Organization and Operations
  • 2002
  • Lorman Education Services
  • Tax Issues for High Tech Companies
  • 2002
  • National Business Institute
  • Limited Liability Companies in Washington
  • 2002
  • National Business Institute
  • Mergers and Acquisitions in Washington: the Art of Doing Deals
  • 2002
  • National Business Institute
  • Mergers and Acquisitions from Start to Finish
  • 2002
  • National Business Institute
  • Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships in Washington
  • 2001
  • National Business Institute
  • Tax Aspects of Limited Liability Companies in Washington
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (5)
Unknown Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe Wallin is the go-to lawyer in the Seattle area for legal advice for businesses, whether at the start up stage or beyond. I have found his insights and advice valuable over the years and endorse him and his firm fully."
Business Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Other
"I strongly endorse Mr. Wallin. While I do not know him personally, I regularly follow his blog at www.startuplawblog.com. He appears to me to be a true expert in business and securities matters, and I would not think twice about referring matters to his office in the future."
Tax Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joe is an extrodinary tax lawyer, and is the man to see about Washington B&O tax issues."
Tax Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe's knowledge of complex tax matters is significant and I recommend him whole-heartedly."
Business Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is a pleasure to work opposite and handles complex matters with ease."
Tax Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is a terrific lawyer. He is extremely responsive to clients' needs, and very thorough and careful in his work. I strongly recommend Joe for anyone looking for a top-notch business and tax lawyer."
Securities offerings Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am very careful about the attorneys to whom I refer clients because the referral reflects upon me. With this in mind, I have referred Mr. Wallin clients who needed a lawyer in his practice area and Mr. Wallin has done outstanding work for them."
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