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Joleen Winther Hughes founded HMLG specifically to support entrepreneurs and inventors, both big and small, with new business ventures, business and legal strategy and burgeoning media properties, products and services. As a longtime entrepreneur herself, Joleen understands the trials and tribulations of starting and running a successful business and how to allocate and assess risk to get products and services to market.


Joleen takes pride in providing legal and business advice to clients to help transform a good idea into a sustainable company. She has set HMLG up specifically to enable clients to set and maintain workable legal budgets and to depend on great communication and interaction with her extraordinary legal team.


Joleen has many years of experience providing high-level in house counsel level service to a diverse range of clients, including MobiTV, Agility Studios, ZeptoLab (Cut the Rope),, OnCam, Paramount Digital Entertainment, Big Fish Games, Sanjaya Malakar, DIY Media, Amazon, Yamaha, LXD, Lima Sky (Doodle Jump), r2integrated; Votiv Inc; 360 Solutions, Brightcove, 206 Inc., iFilm, GetBack Media, PulpLab; SpinKix, Music Interactive, Corbis, Microsoft, Flying Spot Entertainment Group, Wet Paint, Cascade Game Foundry, Smartbomb Interactive, Jivox, Zango, Ooyala, Common Craft, Square Enix, Playmous (Tap the Frog), the Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company, Lisa Amore Public Relations, No Depression, Alina's Cucina, and Digital Sidebar, to name a few.


Before embarking in private practice, Joleen provided a broad array of business and legal affairs services for RealNetworks’ global media operations and participated in the company’s largest transactions in the consumer services/digital media space including forming MusicNet, the first legal multi-label music distribution initiative, putting together the first VOD digital movie subscription service, and drafting and negotiating agreements with major sports leagues, media companies, television networks, movie studios and record labels to create the first on-line consumer content subscription products and services.

Joleen began her entrepreneurial career in the music industry, where she owned a successful artist management, talent booking, concert production, and special event business during the height of the Seattle "grunge" music explosion for clients including RKCNDY nightclub, Susan Silver and Kelly Curtis Management (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Screaming Trees), Media One, Monqui/SLA, The Pioneer Square Pub Club and The University of Washington.

Joleen also currently co-owns the Celtic Swell Irish Pub & Restaurant with her husband, located on Alki Beach in Seattle, Washington and CS Finnegan’s Irish House, located in Seattle’s famed Belltown neighborhood.



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Practice areas


  1. Contracts: 20%
    19 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Internet: 20%
    19 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Business: 20%
    19 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Media: 15%
    19 years, 1 thousand cases
  5. Other: 25%
  6. More 



Hourly ($150-400/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jennifer Anne Brandt

    Joleen is a top notch lawyer who clearly cares about her clients. I highly recommend her.


    Jennifer Brandt Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Christine Lepera

    I endorse this lawyer.Joleen and I have worked together for quite some time now on behalf of a highly successful game developer in connection with overall strategy and dispute issues. Joleen’s advice, insight, good judgment, and ability to communicate clearly and concisely with the client and its other counsel has been essential to the progress of matters. In addition, she is a terrific person and fun to work with. She has a great attitude and demeanor, and is always attempting to be helpful and cooperative to move matters in a positive direction.


    Christine Lepera Intellectual property Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Hughes Media Law Group

2003 Western Avenue, Suite 460
Seattle, WA, 98121-2140


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Women in TechnologyTechFlash Seattle's Technology News Source2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of Washington School of Law2011 - Present
Founder and PrincipalHughes Media Law Group2008 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorSeattle University School of Law2006 - 2006
Founder & PrincipalMediaTech Law Group2005 - 2008
OwnerAkkord2004 - 2005
Senior CounselRealNetworks, Inc.1997 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Digital Hollywood - Women's BoardBoard Member2012 - Present
Rain City Rock CampBoard of Directors2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Music Licensing and New Media PlatformsN/A
Content AcquisitionsN/A
Content AcquisitionSuccessful transactions
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Publication nameTitleDate
TechCrunchCut the Rope Maker ZeptoLab Scores a Deal to Come to Kids' Meals Near You2012
GeekWireSeattle's Unlikely Hero? How RealNetworks Sparked the Region's Startup Community2012
Signal SnowboardsEvery Third Thursday2012
Seattle TimesRobin Hagulund has the A's to your Gardening Q's2012
Center for Commercialization - University of WashingtonUSPTO Selects UW School of Law for Pilot Program2012
Bloomberg TVZeptoLab CEO Discusses "Cut the Rope" Game, Growth2012
KISW Hall of FameRKCNDY Biography2012
Puget Sound Business JournalRegion's Entertainment Law Practice Gets Digital Boost2010
TechnoratiTop Five Questions to Answer Before Starting Your Own Business2010
Embodied LivingWomen Lawyers Thriving in Their Own Firms: Joleen Hughes2009
Washington Law and PoliticsThey Wanna Rock2002
VLA Journal of Law & the Arts, Vol. 24Copyright Use and Excuse on the Internet2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of WashingtonAdvertising, CommunicationsBA1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
GDCABC's of TOUPP's2016
LawyernomicsInnovating Attorney Panel2015
Mergers and Acquisitions in Technology IndustriesM&A in Technology2014
LawyernomicsHow to Build Your Brand and Grow Your Network2014
GDC NextBuilding a Global Brand with Longevity2014
Casual ConnectCreating a Mobile App with Longevity2014
SiggraphBusiness Symposium2013
ABA Annual MeetingThe Future of Gaming2013
WSBA 17th Annual IP InstituteSocial Media & Privacy2012
Spring 2012 Digital HollywoodWheeling & Dealing: Negotiating new media licenses2012
Privacy Summit at SURF IncubatorPrivacy Best Practices2012
Digital Hollywood FallNew Media Wheeling and Dealing2012
Digital Hollywood - New YorkBringing More Women into Tech2012
Fall 2011 Digital HollywoodWheeling & Dealing: negotiating new media agreements2011
Digital Hollywood Spring 2011Drafting New Media Contracts2011
Seattle University School of LawMusic Licensing2010
Digital Hollywood West 2010Negotiating New Media Contracts2010
Digital HollywoodDrafting the Next New Media Contract - Outlines and Contours - Content Creators - Guilds - The Entertainment Industry2010
Seattle University School of LawMusic Licensing2009
14th Annual Intellectual Property Forum,Featured speaker on developments in the Music Licensing space2009
IPTV WorkshopLegal Factors in IPTV2007
Internet Enabled Television ConferencePicking the Right Dance Partner, Finding the Best Fit Between Various Services and Content Owners, Distributors and Aggregator2007
Entertainment Law ConferenceEntertainment Contract Drafting Workshop: Legal Challenges, Business Opportunities and Practical Strategies in Digital Media Transactions2007
Internet Enabled TelevisionPicking the Right Dance Partner, Finding the Best Fit Between Various Services and Content Owners, Distributors and Aggregator2006
Music LicensingMusic Licensing Basics2004
Music LicensingMusic Licensing Basics2004
Media LawLicensing Music for Media Productions”2004
Media LawLicensing Music for Media Productions2001