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Joseph M. Wallin


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 acquirors of businesses, and provides general counsel services for companies from startup to post-public.

Joe is the founder and editor of, where he advocated on behalf of and provided an initial draft for the new Washington State Crowdfunding bill signed into law in March of 2014.

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.

Representative Experience

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)

Series A financing for HasOffers

Representation of HasOffers in $9.4 million Series A financing. (2013)

Seed round investment for startup company

Representation of early stage tech company in $500,000 seed financing. (2012)

Equity financing

Representation of angel-backed LLC in $1.5 million institutional equity investment. (2011)

Series B financing for technology company

Representation of venture backed technology company in $2.5 million Series B financing. (2011)

Equity financing

Representation of investment fund in $2.5 million equity financing in a portfolio company. (2010)

Equity financing

Representation of investment fund in $7.5 million equity financing in a portfolio company. (2010)

Purchase of assets/series A preferred share issuance

Represented a new company in a spin-off of assets from an existing company; and Series A Preferred Stock financing by a Cayman Islands holding company with a subsidiary operating in Shanghai, China. (2010)

Series C financing for clean technology company

Represented clean technology company in $3 million Series C financing with venture capital fund. (2010)

Debt refinancing for health care company

Represented health care services company in complex debt refinancing with senior and mezzanine lenders. (2009)

Series A financing for game company

Negotiation and documentation of $22.5 million Series A financing led by a Silicon Valley-based venture fund. (2009)

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

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers," 2011-2014, 2004 and to "Washington Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2004 
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