Gavin Johnson, Partner


What I do in a few sentences…

I’m a startup and corporate attorney, which means I help startups, early stage companies, and entrepreneurs identify and reach goals. I assist clients with forming and structuring entities, issuing equity to founders and early employees, advising on the securities regulations when raising capital from investors, protecting intellectual property, and drafting contracts to protect the company’s interests. I use my experience and knowledge as an entrepreneur and attorney to create practical legal strategies for each particular client.

The best part about my job is…

Getting the opportunity to connect with passionate people with interesting ideas. The people I get to surround myself with everyday make coming to work enjoyable. I feed off of the energy that there is in the startup community in Seattle. Whether it’s the enthusiastic tech entrepreneur or someone in my company with a new idea about delivering legal services, I’m motivated to continue to find new ways to improve my approach to legal services because of the energy and people around me.

When I’m out of the office I enjoy…

Spending time with my wife, two sons, and dog. Hanging out outside: hiking, running, backpacking, fly fishing, skiing, BBQing, watching the hops in my backyard grow, and climbing. Experimenting with brewing beer. Swimming and waterskiing at Lake Chelan. Rooting for the Seattle Seahawks. Drinking good coffee and IPAs.

10 things Gavin’s co-workers think you should know about him


  1. It seems like Gavin wins at everything he does, which could be annoying if he’s not on your team—luckily for us, he’s on our team.
  2. Gavin enjoys craft beer and is learning the art of brewing.
  3. Gavin takes insane amounts of pictures of his little guy…he’s a genuinely proud father.
  4. Gavin is self-disciplined and makes everyone around him productive.
  5. He’s a freakishly good multitasker—he’s the only person I know that can seemingly give his undivided attention to two things at once.
  6. He’s a former rockstar who performed internationally.
  7. Gavin is fiercely loyal to those he cares about.
  8. Gavin loves the Hawks.
  9. Thomas Shelby might be his favorite character on tv.
  10. Between hiking and visiting family in Wenatchee it seems like he drives to or across Snoqualmie Pass a few times a month.

Experience


REPRESENTATIVE TRANSACTIONS

  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
  • Completed trademark clearance search and filed application for federal trademark registration for dozens of companies
  • Negotiated favorable outcome in trademark infringement project
  • Negotiated co-use agreement for a non-profit foundation’s trademark application
  • SECURITIES TRANSACTIONS
  • Advised on successful series seed financing of $2.1M for technology startup
  • Advised on structuring creative profit sharing and equity incentives for employees and contractors
  • Advised on raising capital for small Seattle craft brewery
  • CONTRACTS
  • Negotiated large commercial lease (10,000 sq. ft.) for technology company
  • Drafted Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for web-based startup
  • STARTUP & CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
  • Drafted complex operating agreement to detail ownership, management, and exit strategies for LLC
  • Advised youth lacrosse non-profit organization on obtaining 501(c)(3) status
  • MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
  • Advised on and drafted documents for a company’s purchase of one of its franchises
  • Advised on merger of foreign corporation into a WA corporation

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Washington

ASSOCIATIONS

  • 2013/2014 KCBA Business Law Section, Chair of Events Committee

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Presented continuing legal education presentation on the advising technology startups
  • Co-presented continuing legal education presentation on Title II of the JOBS Act (Rule 506(c) and general solicitation in private placements)
  • Co-presented on changes to the fundraising landscape: an intro to crowdfunding
  • Co-presented on Red Flags Rules at CCO Network meeting

PUBLICATIONS

VOLUNTEER

  • Fremont Abbey, board of advisors
  • Wayfind, volunteer attorney
  • Startup Hall, Volunteer Mentor

EDUCATION

  • Seattle University School of Law, juris doctorate, cum laude
  • University of Washington, bachelor of arts—sociology