Joseph M. Wallin (206) 607-4157 Assistant: Haiyan Tao (206) 607-4144
General Corporate  |  Securities Law  |  Mergers & Acquisitions 

Joe Wallin focuses his practice on emerging, high growth, and startup companies. Joe frequently represents companies in angel and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other significant business transactions. Joe also represents investors in and acquirers of businesses, and provides general counsel services for companies from startup to post-public.

Joe is a member of the Angel Capital Association’s Public Policy Advisory Council. He has been advocating for laws to make it less difficult for companies to raise capital including, helping put together Washington State’s equity crowdfunding law.

Joe is the co-founder and editor of The Law of Startups blog. In addition, Joe invites guest speakers to chat on his weekly podcasts on a variety of issues for startups.

You can follow Joe on Twitter as he tweets about startups, and emerging and high growth company issues. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn or Facebook.

Honors and Recognitions

Selected to Washington Super Lawyers, 2011-2018 and to Washington Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2004 and Best Lawyers for Business Organizations in 2016 – 2019.


  • LL.M, New York University, 1996
  • JD, Seattle University School of Law, 1994
  • BA, University of Washington, 1990

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington, 1994

Professional Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • VRstudios, $3.6 million Series B financing and strategic relationship with Cineplex. (2018)
  • Mediarails Combination with Impact. (2018)
  • Iocurrents Series Seed Financing. (2018)
  • SparkToro LLC Unit Financing. (2018)
  • Sale of Enroute Represented Seattle-based software company Enroute Systems in its sale to Pitney Bowes. (2016)
  • Venture capital for eSports betting platform Unikrn Represented Seattle-based eSports betting platform Unikrn in raising $7 million from a list of well-known investors and celebrities, including Mark Cuban, the owner of the NBA Mavericks. (2015)
  • Voyager Capital seed investment Represented Voyager Capital in its seed investment in aerial robotics software developer Skyward. (2014)
  • Sale of CCS Printing Represented CCS Printing in its acquisition by DCG West, a national marketing-solutions provider. DCG West is a partner company of Direct Connect Group, which services a variety of Fortune 500 companies. (2014)
  • Acquisition of TVinteract Represented TVinteract, a company that provides on-air social media tools for the broadcast industry, in its acquisition by Tagboard, a Seattle-based social media software company. (2014)
  • Seed round investment for startup company Representation of BeLeave in Series A financing. (2013)
  • Sale of 3TIER Represented 3TIER in its acquisition by Vaisala Corporation. (2013)
  • Sale of Azaleos Corporation Represented Azaleos Corporation in its acquisition by Avanade Inc. (2013)
  • Sale of Freight Wing Represented Freight Wing in its acquisition by Ridge Corporation, the largest manufacturer of fiber reinforced thermoplastic value added products to the transportation industry. (2013)
  • Sale of Point Reach Represented Point Reach, Inc in its asset sale to Essence. (2013)
  • Mr. Trump, put this man on the SEC!, GeekWire, KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, Seattle, December 2016 (podcast)
  • “How Do Strategic M&A Events Germinate?,” The Pacific Rim M&A Institute, Davis Wright Tremaine, Seattle, June 2014
  • “Is Crowdfunding a Viable Funding Option For Your Business?” Athena Business Institute, Seattle, April 2014
  • “Financing: Private Equity and Venture Capital Investment,” Fourth Annual Seattle Comprehensive Two-Day Conference on Gamer Technology Law, Seattle, October 2013
  • “Joe Wallin on SEC Rule Changes,” The Frank Peters Show, August 2013
  • Guest Lecturer, “Law & Entrepreneurship,” University of Washington Law School, Seattle, April 2013
  • Testimony, “Washington’s Entrepreneurial Climate and a Proposed Crowdfunding Bill,” House Technology & Economic Development Committee, Washington State Legislature, March 2013
  • “General Solicitation and Startups,” Meetup Startup & Growth Company Breakfast Group, Seattle, October 2012
  • “Recent Developments and Implementation Measures Under the JOBS Act,” Davis Wright Tremaine CLE, Seattle, September 2012
  • “Convertible Note Fishbowl,” SURF Incubator, Seattle, July 2012
  • Panelist, “Startup Matchmaking: Finding a Co-Founder, Building Your Team, Joining a Startup,” Ember IP, MergerTech, Davis Wright Tremaine, Seattle, June 2012
  • “Is It Time to Revisit Corporate Structure?,” Securities Law for Emerging Companies Conference (CLE), Seattle, May 2012
  • “Public Policy and National ACA Update,” ACA Northwest Regional Meeting, Seattle, May 2012
  • “JOBS Act,” G+ hangout, April 2012
  • Panelist, “Startup Nights: Funding Your Startup,” TechStars, Seattle, July 2011
  • “The Smartphone and Tablet Revolution – What are the Latest Trends in Games and Social Networking for Portable Devices?,” LA Games Conference, April 2011
  • “Public Policy Issues,” 2011 Angel Capital Association Northwest Regional Meeting, Seattle, February 2011
  • “The Basics: Getting a New Technology Company Off the Ground,” Washington Technology Industry Association, Seattle, November 2009
  • “Avoiding the Pitfalls of Angel Investing,” The ZINO Society, October 2007 and March 2008
  • “Mastering Mergers and Acquisitions,” CLE course, October 2007
  • “E-Commerce and Technology Mergers & Acquisitions,” CLE course, June 2007

Additional Qualifications

  • Partner, DLA Piper US LLP (formerly DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary LLP and Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP), Seattle
  • Associate, Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP, Seattle
  • Adjunct Professor of Taxation, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle
  • Tax Consultant, Arthur Andersen LLP, Seattle