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Joleen Hughes

About Joleen Hughes

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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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