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Gary K. Marshall

Internet Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.4   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found

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Representing Small Businesses, Individual Entrepreneurs, and Artists


Gary Marshall enjoys working with creative people including entrepreneurs, small business owners, people who create new technology, and artists. He brings over twenty-five years of experience in business and technology law and litigation, including computer law, Internet law, and art law together in one practice. By being a  small law firm, he can be very responsive to his clients with a personal touch. 

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Law Offices of Gary Marshall
2400 NW 80TH ST PMB 532
Seattle, WA, 98117-4449

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Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gary has been a Godsend
I have been Gary's client for less than a year and I am not exaggerating when I say Gary has been a Godsend. My business was unexpectedly caught between a rock and a hard place with not one but two of our biggest project clients at the same time, with one of them potentially cutting my company's revenues we depended on for staying afloat and potentially canceling the project, and the other trying to renege on a big final annual payment we were expecting. Compared to other lawyers who were suggesting "going on full battle mode" upfront, which would have very likely incurred significant ongoing costs and little success against these large companies all while also costing us our established relationships, Gary's seasoned, diplomatic soft-approach (while showing a hint of a stick) tactic helped us get what we wanted in both cases without ever letting things get ugly or out of control, in a relatively quick and easy manner. At the end of the day we made the most minimal of concessions, and walked away winners in both cases, all thanks to Gary's experience, guidance and patient handholding throughout. I would recommend Gary wholeheartedly to all fellow small business owners. I could not have have done this alone or with the well-meaning yet disjointed advice from family and friends etc; having Gary on our side quite literally helped save my business, while maintaining even strengthening our relationships with our clients.
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Posted by James | October 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Intellectual Property Attorney
I have used Gary's services for a number of years. He's helped with such varied things as negotiating and writing contracts, my trademark application, and other issues relating to my LLC. He's always done a great advising me, particularly in making sure that any contract that I might enter into was fair to me. His billing is transparent and reasonable, and he is very responsive in his communications. I certainly expect to use his services again in the future.
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Posted by Deanna | September 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent, thorough and caring Attorney
Our small business hired Gary for help with a font licensing issue. He was extremely thorough with all documents and research before giving his professional advice. He'll give it to you straight and manages to keep you calm through the process. He listened to our concerns and provided a strong position on our behalf. We highly recommend Gary!
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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2014
A friend of mine recommended Gary's services to me many years ago. Recently, I received an offer from a small company that was rescinded (or rather "delayed" indefinitely) weeks later due to budget and hiring constraints. The company refused to honor their part of the contract, which included a cash bonus due at the time of signing. I contacted Gary and got clear and realistic advice on what my options were. He offered me various alternatives, taking into account my reluctance to sour a relationship with a founder of the company, whom I've worked with in the past and respected. I ended up reaching an agreement with the company, and although I had hoped for a more cordial outcome with the company's founders, I at least got some form of compensation for all the pain and frustration I had to go through. The best part was knowing what my options were, that I was in the right, and that I was not under any obligations and could walk away freely from it all. Gary took most of the uncertainty away for a reasonable fee. It's nice to know that I have someone to watch my back should anything like that occur again.
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Posted by Jennifer | February 13, 2013
Publishing Management consultant
I met Gary while we were on a non-profit board regarding a writers conference over twenty years ago . I have hired him with regards to intellectual property and business contracts over the last fifteen years. His expertise and knowledge have been invaluable to me. He is smart and easy to talk to with regards to contracts and provides the client with very informed information. Therefore, it has been easy for me to recommend him to authors or publishers who have questions about their contracts.
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Posted by Peter | January 22, 2013
20 Years of Trust
I first met Gary in 1993 when we were both volunteering with the same non-profit organization. Gary served as Board Attorney. I later became president of the group, and found his advice to be precise and measured, always looking out for the long-term goals of the organization. My private business has used Gary on several occasions, from our initial incorporation to consultations on various projects. He's quick to respond, no-nonsense, on top of the issues I needed.
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Posted by Karlb | January 10, 2013
Absolute Trust... unconditional
My business originally hired Gary to draft our client contract for designing Web sites back when they were still very rare and there were a ton of gray areas to deal with legally. He did such a great job, we ended up using him for all our legal needs. He has handled litigation, HR issues, Intellectual Property issues, contract negotiations, etc. etc. I haven't felt the need to find additional resources. He has always been very responsive. His counsel has been very valuable... even if his advise is to not have him do any more work on a lost cause. He always takes our best interests to heart. After working together for such a long time, he knows what our level of acceptable risk is and factors that into his advise. In this way, he is like the family doctor who knows you better than you know yourself. Gary always amazes me with his depth of knowledge. Whether we are dealing with a Fortune 500 client, or a small business start-up, he is never stumped... nor does he ever back down. He uses his knowledge to take on any size issue... and cannot be bullied. I really appreciate this. So it all comes down to trust. I absolutely trust Gary's advise... no matter what the subject... if he feels strongly about a position, so do I. I would recommend him for any legal consultation without reservation.
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Posted by James | November 30, 2012
Excellent Advisor
Gary has provided me with cost-effective, timely, and appropriate services. He's helped me do the things that my (very) small business needed. In particular he's assisted with contract negotiation, trademark registration, and copyright issues. I will always turn to Gary when I need help. I feel that Gary has the expertise to help any client but small clients in particular can benefit from his services. He's done a good job of communicating with me, meeting deadlines, and giving me enough personal attention so that I felt involved with the process. And he knows what he's doing, too. That last part is paramount, of course.
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Posted by Adam | December 1, 2011
Excellent high-tech attorney
I've been Gary's client for 15 years. He has pulled my ass out of the fire - and even better, prevented me from putting my ass in the fire - so many times I can't even count. For high-tech business in Seattle, you can't get any better. Specifically, he's helped me with the founding of multiple high-tech companies, acquisition of one my businesses, employment contracts, and business contracts that helped me avoid litigation. He's also helped me win a good out-of-court settlement, and he won a case for me that had the misfortune to go to litigation. By far the most valuable has been his clear and astute legal advice in the area of high-tech business. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Jeff | November 3, 2011
Gary Marshall - fantastic attorney experience
Having Gary represent me was the best legal decision I made this year. I had a dispute with a rather large company and he managed my relationship with them fantastically. He made it go from adversarial to cooperative all the while keeping me relaxed and feeling good about my situation, yet honest about the realities of my circumstances. He was sensitive about my finances and worked with me on structuring payments. Gary did a wonderful job of keeping me informed and I never felt left out of the loop. He even went out of his way by giving me freebie's here and there that he didn't have to do. I got the sense Gary really cared about me and my situation and genuinely did his best job in the most efficient manner possible. I would without hesitation recommend Gary Marshall.
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Posted by David | October 23, 2011
Smart, careful and caring
I've known Gary for 20 years, and have hired him on various tech and IP projects.
Posted by George | October 1, 2011
Gary == Awesome
I've worked with Gary on a number of business and personal legal issues, and have found him to be smart, to the point, responsive, and super helpful in all cases. He's got a great breadth of knowledge and an approach that works for those of us who aren't actually lawyers. :-)
Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Unnecessarily rude
I consulted this attorney with questions about my case and he was very rude and dismissive in his response. I would not want to work with someone like this.
Posted by Eric | December 6, 2013
I contacted Gary Marshall in May 2013 to help me review the terms of use I had on my website, and was able to get an appointment and meet him right away. Gary Marshall was able to answer the questions I had, and I left him with a check that would cover another hour of his time so that he could put together a final version of the document we had discussed. I told him to give me a call if he felt he needed more time than that. So far so good, but after that I didn't hear back from him for over a week. He had cashed the check, but was not responding to any phone calls or emails. I only managed to get his attention after posting a comment on a public mailing list that he is subscribed to. Finally, after more than a month, he sent me the revised terms of use document. To my surprise, he had replaced the document with a template of his own that didn't contain many of the clauses I felt were important, and he was billing me for an additional hour (at $300). I proposed that he drop that charge, and thought the matter was settled--until in November I got a reminder for the bill (plus interest). Again, any attempts to contact Gary Marshall by email or phone have been unsuccessful. Very frustrating!
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Gary Marshall
  • 2003 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Treece Richdale Malone Corning & Abbot
  • 1998 - 2003
  • Associate Attorney
  • Cartano Botzer Larsaon Birkholz
  • 1985 - 1987
  • Legal Intern
  • National Semiconductor
  • 1983 - 1983
  • federarl energy budget analyst
  • Congressional Budget Office, U. S. Congress
  • 1980 - 1981
  • Computer Graphics Programmer (part time)
  • M.I.T. Architecture Lab (predecessor to the M.I.T. Media Lab
  • 1975 - 1977
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  • Stanford University
  • JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA
  • 1985
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1977
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MA - Masters
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • founder kicked out of company he helped start
  • Settlement for founder of the full value of his stock options.


  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • Board Volunteer
  • 2012 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Washington Lawyers for the Arts
  • President
  • 1993 - 1997
  • Washington Lawyers for the Arts
  • Board of Directors
  • 1990 - 1998
  • Pacific Northwest Writers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1989 - 1999
  • Northwest Playwrights Guild
  • Board of Directors
  • 1986 - 1990
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Distinguished Rated Attorney (according to American Registry)
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Avvo Top Internet Lawyer
  • Washington CEO Magazine
  • 2008
  • Executive Committee member
  • Washington State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • 2005


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Speaking Engagements

  • Licensing Essentials: Practical Tools and Tips in Intellectual Property Licensing
  • co-chair
  • 2010
  • Licensing Essentials
  • co-chair
  • 2008
  • 12th Annual Intellectual Property Institute
  • Critical Practice Tips: Intellectual Property Law and the Solo/Small Firm Practitioner (panel discussion)
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Copyright infringement Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gary because he holds a depth of knowledge and many years experience in the field of intellectual property. On various occasions I consulted with him on difficult cases and his analysis is both accurate and comprehensive! I have referred numerous clients to Gary. I appreciate his kind, calm, and patient demeanor as well."
Intellectual property Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have consulted Gary on several occasions regarding litigation and intellectual property matters and found him to be knowledgeable, practical and experienced. In addition, I have referred clients to him where his particular expertise was needed, and would not hesitate to refer him in the future."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Gary Marshall to members and users of the legal community. I am a Collaborative / Family Law attorney, and I also work as a Mediator. My work with clients is focused on getting my clients the information they need to reach an out-of-court resolution of their case that reflects their sense of fairness and justice. On many occasions during my work with clients issues outside my area of expertise are raised. When the issue is related to contract drafting and analysis, pension valuations, or intellectual property issues I call on Gary's expertise. On all occasions I have found Gary's work to be accurate, of great use to my clients, and cost-effective. I highly recommend Gary's services."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.I have known Gary for twenty-five years. He does excellent work. I do not hesitate to send my clients to him when they have a legal problem within his practice area. I enjoy talking to him about legal issues. I will call him when I have a difficult legal problem, and want someone to bounce some ideas off of. And he will do the same with me."