PicoBrew, Inc.

PicoBrew, Inc.

Legal counsel for PicoBrew, Inc. in its offering of Series BB Preferred Stock.
High Tech, Inc.

High Tech, Inc.

Legal counsel for High Tech, Inc. in its sale to iUNU LLC.
AscendoSoft, Inc.
Legal counsel for AscendoSoft, Inc. in its acquisition of Imagine Documents Solutions, LLC.

Seattle Met 2010 Top Lawyer

Seattle Met 2010 Top Lawyer

Joe Stansell is a Seattle area business and corporate attorney primarily representing seed-stage and emerging-growth companies in the formation, funding, and sale of innovative businesses. He also advises founders and key hires in evaluating contractual and compensatory arrangements; angel investors in evaluating and closing seed-stage investments; and buyers in evaluating, negotiating, and closing business acquisitions.

“Legal Counsel for the
Innovative Company.”

Areas of legal expertise include:

  • business planning and company formation
  • contract review and negotiation
  • copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets
  • securities offerings including seed investments
  • term sheets and venture capital
  • business acquisition and sale

Engagements are often structured as a fixed fee, with a strong emphasis placed on giving practical, results-oriented legal advice.

Joe Stansell, Business Attorney to Innovative Seed-Stage Companies.

Startup Attorney

Tel: 425.939.0550
joe [at] stansell.law
Seattle: Pioneer Square    Eastside: Downtown Redmond

Attorney Joe Stansell has over 20 years of experience advising clients on business deals, and is recognized by his peers with the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell® rating of AV Preeminent.™

AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbel

Clients accepted in the greater Seattle area, including the Eastside communities of Bellevue, Bothell, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond, and Woodinville. Clients from outside King County and the wider Puget Sound region who seek speciality legal services, such as counseling on federal securities law matters, are accepted on a case-by-case basis.

My Seattle office is located in the heart of Pioneer Square, close to all forms of public transit. My Eastside office is located in downtown Redmond and within minutes of the main Microsoft Campus. If neither of those locations are convenient, I will meet clients offsite, at either my client’s place of business or another mutually convenient location. All appointments are by prior arrangement only.

What a few clients and colleagues say:

Joe is very professional and easy to work with. We're a new startup and only worked with him once so far, but he set and met expectations and let us know what we need to think about for next steps.
Marc Cole  Owner, SnapNTell  
Joe helped craft a solid acquisition agreement for an Alabama software company we purchased. He educated us on many acquisition aspects and strategies, while ensuring we were protected in the deal. As a small business, we are always cost-conscious, so we appreciated the fixed-price services fee. We highly recommend Law Jock and plan to work with them on our future legal needs.
Brian Miller  COO, AscendoSoft, Inc.  
Working with Joe was an absolute pleasure. He is very professional, honest, and is knowledgeable about the areas of law we needed assistance in. In one case when we had an issue in an area of the law where he felt we could benefit from a specialist (immigration) he gave us referrals instead of trying to wing it himself. Honest. We also appreciate that he has a good sense of humor and isn't like most of the other stuffy law firms we've worked with. He offers high technology processes which make it very easy to communicate with him and transact business. He's understanding, accommodating, flexible and personable. Someday I hope our business grows enough to support an in-house counsel, and at that time Joe will be the first attorney we try to recruit.
Richard Lowry  President, Palatic, Inc.  
The Law Jock provided me with superb, timely, and clear legal advice on the acquisition of my business. I knew that Joe was protecting my best interest every step of the way.
Gavin Shnieder  Owner, Pocket Picks LLC  
Joe are I are former law partners. Joe brings a terrific blend of skills to his practice: a keen intellect, an ability to find practical solutions, and grace under pressure. Also, he is highly ethical.
John Chun  Litigation Partner, Summit Law Group  
Joe Stansell has been a trusted advisor for many years and never fails to give great business insights in addition to the outstanding legal work he delivers. Joe's expertise and experience have been invaluable. I highly recommend working with Joe.
Joel Hussey  President, Tailwind Capital LLC  
I came to Joe with a possible work conflict between my old employer and my new employer. Joe gave me just what I needed; clear, concise advice that allowed me to move forward with my life without fear of putting myself or my new employer at risk.
Wesley Mitchell  .NET Architect, Ascentium  
For over 11 years we have relied on Joe's superb legal expertise for our business, go2marine.com. His insights and unique ability to "get into our shoes" has been a real benefit. We highly recommend Joe for securities law and general business legal advice. Joe will respond quickly, with multiple scenarios for your business requirements, and with the appropriate documentation as required.
Hal Cook  President, Mariner Supply, Inc.  
I have worked with Joe on several challenging business transactions over the last 15 years. His intelligence, clear thinking, and creativity helped bring each one to a successful close. Highly recommend him for virtually any type of business work.
Armand Kornfeld  Bankruptcy Attorney, Bush Strout & Kornfeld  
Joe is focused to the needs of his clients which is something very important to a small business owner that needs to spend his time and money developing his business. I would highly recommend his services.
Nathan Harrington  CEO, Polar Bear Energy Solutions, Inc.  
We were ready for our growth because of Joe's careful planning throughout our formative stages. As I was somewhat of a novice at first, Joe took me through the pros and cons of my decisions in an open and careful manner, making sure that I understood all of the many implications of my choices as I made them. He has great patience, and was incredibly thoughtful with his time.
David Quinn  Co-Founder, AllRecipes.com  
To me, a lawyer is basically the person that knows the rules of the country. We're all throwing the dice, playing the game, moving our pieces around the board, but if there is a problem the lawyer is the only person who has read the inside of the top of the box.
— Jerry Seinfeld