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Mike Matesky is the founder of Matesky Law, a Seattle-based law firm providing business, intellectual property, technology, arts and entertainment advice and representation to clients of all sizes.

Mike's interest in arts, entertainment, and intellectual property law began as a musician growing up in a family of musicians.  As an attorney, Mike has represented a wide range of clients, from Fortune 100 technology titans to solo artists, developers, and inventors working out of garages and coffee shops.  

After practicing for years at an international "BigLaw" firm and regional intellectual property boutiques, Mike founded Matesky Law to more easily provide high-quality advice and representation on flexible terms that meet the needs of all clients.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 20%
    11 years
  2. Trademark: 15%
    11 years
  3. Copyright: 15%
    11 years
  4. Contracts: 15%
    3 years
  5. Other: 35%
  6. More 



Hourly ($270/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Benjamin R Justus

    Mike has great knowledge and experience in several different areas of intellectual property law. While some lawyers in this specialized area are known for studious introversion, Mike is engaging and personable. He cares very much for his clients and always has their best interests in mind.


    Benjamin Justus Copyright infringement Attorney
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  • Greg McLawsen

    I routinely refer other attorneys to Mike when they have intellectual property issues. In my own practice I've turned also to Mike for advice about how to protect intellectual property. Mike's easy to work with and trustworthy - recommended!


    Greg McLawsen Immigration Attorney
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Contact info

Matesky Law PLLC

1001 4th Ave
Suite 3200
Seattle, WA, 98154


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono Services RecognitionKing County Bar Association, Pro Bono Services2011
First Place - 2005 Notes DriveVirginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal2005
First Place - 2005 Comments ContestSanta Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal2005
First Place - Nathan Burkan Memoial CompetitionASCAP2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateChristensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness, PLLC2010 - 2013
AssociateKlarquist Sparkman, LLP2007 - 2010
AssociateDorsey & Whitney, LLP2005 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Recording Arts & SciencesAssociate Member2013 - Present
Seattle Intellectual Property American Inn of CourtBarrister2012 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Preferred Nutrition Inc., et. al. v. Lorna Vanderhaeghe, et. al.Obtained favorable settlement for plaintiffs after some discovery and motion practice.
CollegeNET, Inc. v. Collegenetportal.comObtained favorable settlement under which the domain name was transferred to plaintiff before discovery or motions.
CollegeNET, Inc. v. The College Network, Inc.Obtained favorable settlement after extensive discovery.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of WashingtonEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
University of WashingtonSpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Seattle University -- Law Firm Business PlanningSolo Practitioner's Panel2014
King County Bar Association Intellectual Property Section MeetingBitTorrent Litigation: Extortionist Trolls or Legitimate Pirate Hunters?2014
Northwest Entrepreneur Network WorkshopProtecting Your Intellectual Property2012
Northwest Entrepreneur Network PresentationFive Intellectual Property Pitfalls for Startups, and How to Avoid Them2012
COJK Breakfast BriefingTrademark Enforcement2012
Audio Engineering Society, Pacific Northwest Section MeetingTermination Rights: How Artists May be Able to Undo Old Deals and Reclaim Copyrights2012
Northwest Entrepreneur Network WorkshopProtecting Your Intellectual Property2011
COJK Case Law ReviewUniloc v. Microsoft: The Federal Circuit Rejects the 25% Rule for Reasonable Royalty Damages2011
COJK Breakfast BriefingTrademark Basics2011
COJK CLE PresentationThe Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy: A Useful Tool for Battling Online Trademark Infringement2010
King County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section MeetingAttorney-Client Privilege: Tips for Prosecutors and Litigators2009
Audio Engineering Society, Pacific Northwest Chapter MeetingCopyright Law and Music/Recording Issues: The Rules, The Exceptions, and Practical Advice2008