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Howard Ramsey Morrill

Litigation Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   5 reviews
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  • Licensed for 36 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1987
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Howard

Learn Howard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Franchise disputes, trademark and contract matters primarily.

    36 years, 200 cases

  2. Contracts and agreements
    Including, though not limited to review, negotiation and/or drafting of franchise and distribution agreements.

    36 years

  3. Franchising
    Compliance and/or consultation in connection with franchising or alternatives to franchising.

    36 years


I am primarily a franchise law attorney with considerable experience representing parties in disputes. I also have extensive experience representing shareholders and partners in closely held companies. The remainder of my practice mostly involves representing parties involved in or contemplating various business transactions.


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Top Contributor 2014
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Howard R. Morrill, Attorney at Law


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Posted by Lisa | April 24, 2014
Howard was hired to recently represent our firm in a contract dispute. He is a very good communicator, and explained the legal steps that would take place. Howard is very responsive by phone and email. He resolved our dispute with a simple letter. I would highly recommend him and his team to any person or organization looking for representation.
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Posted by Christopher | September 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
I have worked with Howard on 2 franchise disputes, both if which ended favorably. I am also working with him on a real estate contractual dispute as we speak. In all cases, Howard is extremely thorough, candid and transparent in his approach, anticipating potential challenges and clearly empathetic in his pursuit to represent me fairly. I made the mistake of retaining another attorney and realized very quickly how much value Howard brings to his clients. I quickly returned to working with Howard again. Highly recommend!
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Posted by Jimmie | March 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Franchise Attorney
After our due diligence, we chose to work with Howard. We appreciated his direct and sincere approach and not once did we feel like he wasn't working towards our best interest. Howard is knowledgeable, efficient and consistently demonstrated outstanding communication skills with precision and detail. We've already referred others who have been satisfied with the results.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and professional
We hired Howard to review legal documents on short notice. He was very good about responding to the request and was able to help us get all of the answers we needed and more! I would strongly recommend him.
Posted by Chad | May 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Franchise negotiation
Our Attorney, Mr Morrill was extremely helpful in guiding us thru a difficult franchise dispute. We appreciated the personal way that Howard worked with us thru some stressful moments, and his guidance was very balanced. Strategic letter from his desk and sound research helped us to avoid litigation and also to leave our franchise without any other obligations. Howard stayed with us every step of the way and we always felt reassured that he was looking out for our best interests. We would very highly recommend his professional services to both friends and family.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 390-390 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Howard R. Morrill, Attorney at Law
  • 2016 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Simburg, Ketter, Sheppard & Purdy, LLP
  • 2010 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Gordon Thomas Honeywell
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Shareholder
  • Bundy & Morrill, Inc., PS
  • 1990 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Bundy Meyer & Home
  • 1987 - 1990
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  • University of Washington School of Law/School of Business
  • JD/MBA - Juris Doctor and MBA
  • 1987
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • Hasbun v. BrightStar Franchising, LLC, King County Superior Ct. #14-2-23904-1
  • Resolved by settlement.
  • MJ Beem Development, et al. v. Mucho Burrito Franchising USA, et al., Snohomish County Superior Ct. #14-2-03581-9
  • The matter was fully resolved by settlement.
  • Vosk International Co. v. Zao Gruppa, et al., W.D. Wash #C-11-1488RSL
  • Successfully sought a judgment upholding favorable ruling of the TTAB.
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  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Seattle University Community Development and Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • Mentor
  • 2015 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV peer review rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000


  • ABA Forum on Franchising
  • Covenants Against Competition in Franchise Agreements, 3d Ed., chapter contributor
  • 2012
  • Washington State Bar Association Bar News
  • The Unintentional Franchise
  • 2003
  • Washington Lawyers Practice Manual
  • Editor, since 2004, of the Franchise Law section
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Representing Franchisees and Franchisee Prospects
  • Franchising
  • 2015
  • Unintended Franchises: Your Agreement is a Franchise and You Really Should Care
  • Franchise Law
  • 2014
  • Unintentional Franchising
  • Franchise Law
  • 2008
  • Franchise Law/Accidental Franchising
  • Franchise Law
  • 2007
  • Franchising in Washington After the 1991 Amendments
  • Franchise Law
  • 1992
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Contracts and agreements Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Howard on a variety of matters including Franchise Law, General Business Law and Commercial Litigation. I have always found him to be very professional, knowledgeable and personable to work with. I highly recommend Howard."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Seattle Litigation Lawyer Howard Ramsey Morrill
Howard Ramsey Morrill
Litigation Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 36 years
Virtual consultation available