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Scott McCleave Haapala

Business Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Seattle Legal Advisor

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  • State Years
    Washington - WA 15 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 16 years
    Maryland - MD 18 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2008
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2005
    Inactive - Retired No misconduct found

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

About Scott

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Scott M. Haapala is focused on bringing clarity to complex problems and providing individuals and businesses with the skills needed to properly form their startup, structure their ownership terms, negotiate and draft the contracts for hiring employees, purchasing a new company or selling an established corporation.  

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Scott McCleave Haapala
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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Kim | August 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Works hard to understand my business and solve problems.
I hired Scott when my company's debt spiraled out of control after defaulting on a commercial loan. Scott spent a lot of time with me to understand the quirks and nuances of the company's operations. He helped us get our debt to a manageable level and restructured our company from an LLC to a corporation to lower our tax burden. He told us about new state regulations that we didn't even know to ask about. No doubt in my mind that Scott cares about his clients. He's as invested in his clients as I am in my customers. I strongly recommend Scott Haapala for any business that needs a lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy and experienced with nontraditional businesses
I run a 9-year-old publishing company and have a weird mix of small business legal needs from minor sales contracts, to higher level intellectual property strategic issues. Scott has proven to be versatile in his approaches to all the weird issues I can toss at him -- including working with me for a "softer touch" on IP communications when I didn't want to jump straight to issuing scary cease and desist. He's earned by trust by being super transparent about his fees, including asking me before billing to file paperwork that I could do myself. (My response? FILE IT FOR ME, but thanks for asking.) He's got experience working with a pretty wide range of businesses, and I'm happy to say that he's been great representing my nontraditional publishing company.
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Posted by Hank | February 2, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer, great guy
Scott has helped me with a variety of legal matters over the last several years. Most recently, he helped me set up my LLC so that I can rent my property for long term tenants. Scott is thorough and detailed and explains complicated legal information in layman’s terms. On top of that, he’s a good guy who is always willing to help.
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Posted by Lynell | September 21, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look no further: An invaluable asset to our endeavor
My spouse and I have started, purchased, operated, and sold several small businesses over the past 25 years. This time around we were creating a start-up as a group consisting of 10 different people making up 6 different parties, so it was much more complex than our past endeavors. Before finding Scott, we had consulted with several other attorneys who fumbled and mumbled their way through attempting to answer our initial questions regarding the unusual structure we were asking for, and we were beginning to become seriously concerned that we wouldn't be able to find someone who could translate our unique needs into a legal document. But after one conversation with Scott, we knew we had finally found the right person for the job. Scott was not only incredibly knowledgeable - which afforded him the ability to work quickly and efficiently - but he was also respectful, patient, professional, and ethical throughout the entire process. His counsel was creative, nuanced, thorough, and comprehensive. His exceptional competence has given us all a phenomenal sense of confidence and peace of mind as we move forward. We've hired many different attorneys for business purposes in the past and Scott has been the best, by far. Hiring Scott probably saved us more money (in potential future conflicts) then we'll ever realize. We would hire him again without a second thought.
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Posted by Benni S | June 6, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Scott is a genuine asset
I have used Scott for two mergers and acquisitions and he is thorough, honest, transparent, straight-forward, a true advocate. He is a wonderful resource who works tirelessly and has your back every step of the way. He always asks the questions that you need to have asked in every situation. I trust him implicitly and would always recommend him for business merger and acquisition law. Hands down the best resource for this work.
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Posted by Anthony | September 29, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Scott is extremely knowledgeable and assertive advocate for his clients.We have been long time colleagues and, when I needed help with a business matter, I immediately sought his counsel. He is detail oriented and strategic in his legal evaluations and decision making. He cares about his clients and works tirelessly to produce favorable results. I highly recommend Scott for any business or transactional law matters.
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Posted by Panida | December 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Small Business Owner
I was referred to Scott through a friend when purchasing my small business. As someone who knows nothing about buying a business, Scott calmed all of my nerves with this professionalism and his extensive knowledge. My timeline to close on the purchase was very short (less than 2 months), but Scott met the challenge with poise and grace! He was utterly patient with all of my questions. Exceptionally thorough when explaining the details of the purchase and sale agreement. Throughout the entire process I felt confident I was receiving sound legal advice and had a true advocate for my best interests. His honesty & transparency cannot be matched. As a new business owner transitioning from one industry to another, having Scott on my side has relieved a lot of stress and allowed me to focus on my business. Anytime I hear of someone looking for a trustworthy attorney, Scott is the only person I refer.
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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great legal guidance
I have worked with Scott Haapala in both personal and business endeavors. He provides great questions to reach sound outcomes. In one particular instance he helped us secure a trademark that was a questionable goal. Scott led discussions that ultimately got us through this difficult process and allowed our business to receive approval from the USPTO after some difficult negotiation. The value he brought in this situation was long term thinking and in depth understanding of his clients unique needs.
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Posted by Ardi | December 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome attorney
Scott has been my lawyer since the day we opened our office. He's meticulous, thorough and timely and reasonable. I recommend him for all your business needs
Posted by Jeanine & Caren | December 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Mother and I retained Mr. Scott Haapala to help us with removing renters from our home. It was the smartest decision we have made in a long time. He is efficient, kind, prompt, reasonably priced and most of all fair minded. We never once questioned his direction, ideas, or thought processes and when we had questions he was respectful and informative. He helped us turn a potentially contentious situation into one that moved smoothly from start to finish. He was our calm in the storm. I highly recommend him for any legal issues you might encounter. If he can’t help you he will point you in the right direction.
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Posted by Bryan | September 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the few trustworthy lawyers I know
I have known and used Scott as my attorney for over 5 years now. He is honest, reliable and trustworthy. Scott is smart and able to think outside the box on complex matters. He has helped me with several complicated business contract issues. I have also used Scott to set up my corporation. I would highly recommend Scott to anyone that needs legal help.
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Posted by Todor | October 30, 2014
I worked on several elections campaigns with Mr. Haapala. I endorse this lawyer. He is a hard working, professional with great integrity. Respected and revered by everyone he worked with.
Posted by Kevin | September 11, 2012
Scott is the man if you want an honest lawyer.
Scott has handled a number of things for me as well as been general counsel for my company. He's unwaveringly ethical and a phenomenal human being in every way imaginable. To this day I thank my lucky stars that he is my attorney.
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Seattle Legal Advisor
  • 2011 - Present
  • CEO
  • Amplitude Energy Analytics
  • 2009 - Present
  • Managing Member
  • Resident Participation Services, PLLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • In-House Counsel
  • Airco Energy Solutions
  • 2010 - 2011
  • VP of Legal and Regulatory Liasons
  • Green Diversity Group
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • Environmental Integrity Project
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Consultant
  • Chief Independent Third Party Monitor
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Project Attorney
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • 2006 - 2007
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  • University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Negotiate Material and Service Agreement with a $150 billion company
  • Extremely favorable terms were negotiated for client including no rent for 3 years, guaranteed profits for the term and continued creative control
  • Real Estate Management Contract Portfolio
  • All procedures for advertising, screening tenants and processing applications were drafted along with the property management agreements, checklists and leases
  • Significant Savings in Employment Agreement Dispute
  • Client's contractual obligations reduced from immediately reimbursing employer $117k to settlement of $65k over 3 years.
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  • Washington State Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • National Alliance of Resident Services in Affordable and Assisted Housing (NAR-SAAH)
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2017
  • American Center for Life Cycle Assessment
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2017
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Green Diversity Group
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2011
  • American Bar Association, Section on Environment, Energy and Resources
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Maryland State Bar
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Carta Certified Proficient
  • Carta
  • 2024
  • World Renewable Energy Congress Award
  • European Commission
  • 2006


Speaking Engagements

  • Resident Council Candidate Training
  • Resident Council Election Candidate Rules
  • 2021
  • Polling Site Monitor Training
  • Resident Council Election Policies and Procedures
  • 2021
  • Polling Site Monitor Training
  • Resident Commissioner Election Policies and Procedures
  • 2018
  • 2015 National Alliance of Resident Services in Affordable and Assisted Housing Conference
  • Five Things to Know for Successful Resident Council Elections
  • 2015
  • 2014 National Alliance of Resident Services in Affordable and Assisted Housing Conference
  • Resident Council Elections in Public Housing
  • 2014
  • 2013 National Alliance of Resident Services in Affordable and Assisted Housing Conference
  • Resident Councils, Advisory Boards and Commissioner Elections
  • 2013
  • 2012 National Alliance of Resident Services in Affordable and Assisted Housing Conference
  • Independent Third Party Monitors for Resident Council Elections: Core Services and Results
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (8)
Endorse Scott
Business Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I was co-counsel with Scott on a commercial property matter involving environmental issues. He was excellent, and a very quick study of the environmental issues. He is also a good collaborator among lawyers, and I found him to be very effective and fun to work with."
Business Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The first time I met Scott was when he offered help to a request I placed on a legal list server for attorneys. He not only provided me with the information I needed, but also offered to meet me for coffee the next week to make sure I had all the answers I needed. I highly advise anyone that needs assistance in business law to seek out Scott's assistance."
Business Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Scott M. Haapala. I have worked with Mr. Haapala on many matters. These include not only Business Law issues, but also Estate Planning, Contracts, Employment Law and LLC formation. Mr. Haapala is unparalleled in his vast knowledge of business law and is one of the most caring and concerned attorneys I have had the pleasure of working with when it comes to attention to his client's needs. He is very passionate about his work and is unrelenting in his desire to represent his clients to the best of his abilities. I often consult with Mr. Haapala on my own client's matters as his perspective is always fresh and intuitive. He is well-grounded and extremely creative. He is honest and considerate and values his attorney-client relationship to great measure. I most appreciate his ability to approach each case with the urgency that it deserves. In short, I highly recommend this attorney as his skills and respect for his clients are of the highest caliber."
Business Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I do not hesitate to endorse this lawyer. Mr. Haapala and I were colleagues in Washington, DC before he moved to Seattle, WA. Even though he's on the west coast now, we collaborate on business law cases and public housing issues. I've directly observed his professional manner and dedication to his clients - especially those who need help the most. Mr. Haapala has the highest degree of integrity and problem-solving abilities."
Election campaigns and political law Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a hard working, professional with great integrity. Resourceful and skillful in his work. Great addition to the profession."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Scott on a major federal class action claim, as well as a smaller contract matter. In both capacities, I was impressed with his problem-solving skills, his knowledge of the law, and his affable manner. Scott is a pleasure to work with and a top-notch legal mind."
Energy and utilities Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have followed Scott's career trajectory from afar for many years. Though we haven't been in touch lately, I recall he was a hardworking, intelligent, driven and honest person. I wholeheartedly encourage those seeking legal counsel to hire Scott!"
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is incredibly competent and thorough in his work. His dedication to his clients is unparalleled."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Scott for any clients looking for a warrior to champion their cause. He has an incredibly diverse background which he draws on to tirelessly defend both people and resources. I am grateful to have an attorney of his caliber advocating on the civil side."
General practice Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Other
"I know Scott from law school. Scott is smart, professional and committed. He is open minded and has a diverse background. I recommend Scott as a lawyer and as a person in general."
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Seattle Business Lawyer Scott McCleave Haapala
Scott McCleave Haapala
Business Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 18 years
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