Mark Jordan

Attorney & Founder

Mark Jordan is a top-tier attorney and founder of Bracepoint Law. He formerly chaired a major Seattle law firm’s intellectual property practice group and is an expert on commercial and corporate law, intellectual property and international business transactions.

But that résumé hardly captures Mark’s connection to the creative entrepreneurial community that comprises the core of Bracepoint’s clientele. He understands the spirit that drives successful creative entrepreneurs. More importantly, he’s passionate about protecting clients by helping them identify and construct essential legal protections.

“Over the years I practiced law, I got tired of seeing folks either being taken advantage of or being improperly counseled when going into a transaction,” Mark says. “They have such talented minds and creative assets, but they need legal and administrative structures to protect their intellectual property and their business as a whole. To provide counsel to them and the businesses they create became our mission at Bracepoint.”

As principal and lead attorney, Mark focuses his practice on:

  • Domestic and international partnership, corporate and limited liability company formations
  • Structure and negotiation of asset purchase, stock purchase and merger transactions
  • Intellectual property licensing, assignment and related contractual arrangements
  • Trademark search, clearance, state and federal registration and policing
  • Copyright registration and policing
  • Publicity right clearances
  • Domain name disputes
  • Web site audits, terms and conditions statements and privacy policies
  • Motion picture, music and multimedia transactions

Mark also maintains expertise in formation options for start ups and established businesses (including limited liability companies), angel and venture capital investment and organizational governance.

Experienced, principled, progressive

In his career, Mark has tried, arbitrated and mediated numerous commercial cases (both plaintiffs and defendants) and practices primarily before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.  Mark is also a Rule 39.1 Neutral for the U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington.

He served as advisory board president of Catholic Community Services – Legal Action Center, Pacific Northwest Blues in the Schools and provides pro bono services to several other non-profit groups.

Perhaps most importantly, Mark combines humanistic sensitivities with shrewd business savvy, qualities that deliver bottom-line benefits to Bracepoint Law’s clientele.

“If there is one sentiment I constantly share with clients, it’s this: I’ll spend your money as if it were my money,” he explains. “I know how crucial cash flow can be to smaller businesses. From day one, I pledged that our firm would be upfront about what we charge and negotiate flat fees whenever we can. Our clients deserve that.”

Steve Edmiston

Of Counsel

Although many lawyers possess business-law expertise, few have successfully started, built and managed a national consumer products company.

Bracepoint Law attorney Steve Edmiston brings both skill sets to his legal practice.  A highly experienced commercial litigator, his “real world” business experience gives him a unique insight into the practical challenges faced every day by creative entrepreneurs, from drafting licensing and distribution agreements, to negotiating angel and venture capital financing, to protecting the very “ideas” that drive creativity and innovation.

Before Bracepoint, Steve co-founded and served as president of Front Porch Classics, a creator, manufacturer and worldwide distributor of a line of classic “coffee table games” designed to be seen (displayed) in one’s office or bookshelf, as well as played and enjoyed.

Steve managed Front Porch’s trademark, copyright and licensing portfolio with entities such as Sony’s Game Show Television Network, Major League Baseball and Twentieth Century Fox. He guided the company through two rounds of venture capitalization, negotiated sales relationships with Target.com, Barnes & Noble, Nordstrom, Eddie Bauer, Amazon.com, Toys-R-Us and FAO Schwarz and appeared on ESPN2, National Public Radio and in the New York Times and Sports Illustrated.  While with Front Porch, Steve developed several award-winning board games, including Dread Pirate, Old Century Stretch Run, and Master & Commander.

Although Steve previously co-founded a law firm specializing in complex litigation and legal exposure management—and served as lead counsel in numerous cases with multi-million dollar exposures—he points to his stint in business as a key to his success at Bracepoint.

“I spent 14 years as a practicing attorney, but having run a venture-backed business, I’ve become a far better counselor,” he says. “I can better anticipate the challenges growing businesses face, offer more thoughtful solutions and be proactive on how best to launch, market and ultimately protect creative ideas and intellectual property.”

In his “spare time,” Steve has written and produced four independent feature films that have been produced and distributed, along with numerous award-winning short films. He teaches screenwriting at the University of Washington, and film producing for the Master’s degree programs at the Seattle Film Institute, and services on the IndieFlix and Northwest Screenwriters Guild boards.  As a result of his involvement in film and game development, he says he “feels connected” to the creative people and entrepreneurs in entertainment and similar industries.

 “I know the law, I know their needs and I’ve probably made some of the same entrepreneurial mistakes they have,” he explains. “As counsel, in addition to legal advice and support, I want to offer my own experiences to assist in protecting them from similar “startup” missteps, so they can achieve the success their ideas and talents deserve.”

Steve’s philanthropic endeavors include service as the Director of Hero Relations for The Sidekick Collective, a social entrepreneurship start-up seeking to support civic engagement by youth.

EDUCATION

  • Notre Dame Law School, LL.M in International and Comparative Law, 1989
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 1987
  • Eastern Washington University, B.A (Psychology), 1982
  • PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • Washington State Bar Association – Intellectual Property; Corporate, Business and Banking; ADR; and Solo and Small Practice Sections
    • King County Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association
    • International Trademark Association
    • Phi Alpha Delta
    • Washington Lawyers for the Arts
    • Business and Economic Development Center – University of Washington, Foster School of Business
    • Legal Action Center – Catholic Community Services (Past President)
    • Pacific Northwest Blues in the Schools (Past President)
    • Copyright Society of the USA, Northwest Chapter

    PUBLICATIONS

    • Co-author (with Justice Philip A. Talmadge, (ret.)), Attorney’s Fees in Washington, (Lodestar Publishing 2007)
    • Author, Consumer Protection Law, Doing Business in Washington State: Guide for Foreign Business (Washington State Bar Association 1996)
    • Co-author, “Visual Art and Legal Rights,” On the Ground at 9 (One Thousand Words, Vol. 1, No. 4 1995)
    • Contributing author, Software Export Procedures Kit (Software Publishers Association, Washington, D.C., 1993–1994 annual updates)
    • Author, “The King Can Do Wrong: The Codification of the Restrictive Theory of Sovereign Immunity in the United States and the United Kingdom”, (1989) (LL.M Thesis)
    • Co-author, Jurisdictional Survey of Tort Provisions of Washington’s 1986 Tort Reform Act, 22 Gonzaga Law Review 47 (1986/1987)

    PRESENTATIONS

    • Speaker, “Start Me Up – Business structures, the game of financing start-up businesses (including the latest on crowdsourcing!), and how to prioritize legal needs and use of legal counsel to make good business decisions on limited budgets” 2013 American International Toy Fair (2013)
    • Speaker, “Ethical Challenges of Sharing Space with Non-Firm Members” The Essential Toolkit for the Solo and Small Practice, Washington State Bar Association (2013)
    • Speaker, “Intellectual Property and Design Issues” Urban Craft Uprising, Urban Craft Uprising LLP (2012)
    • Speaker, “Alternative Fee Arrangements” The Small Law Firm in Today’s World,Washington State Bar Association (2012)
    • Speaker, “Representing the Inventor – What to do When Someone Wants Your Idea!”, 2012 American International Toy Fair (2012)
    • Speaker, “Successful Succession Planning”, Invicta Law Group, PLLC (2011)
    • Speaker, “David vs. Goliath: How to Hold Your Own Against the Big Firms”, New Trends, Tools and Tips: Keeping Your Practice Current, Washington State Bar Association (2011)
    • Speaker, “David vs. Goliath: How to Hold Your Own Against the Big Firms”, New Trends, Tools and Tips: Keeping Your Practice Current, Washington State Bar Association (2011)
    • Speaker, “CPAs & Attorneys: Become Their Ally, Not Their Enemy”, National Institute of Insurance and Financial Advisors (2010)
    • Speaker, “Right of Publicity Issues in Video Games”, Intellectual Property for Everyone, King County Bar Association (2010)
    • Speaker, “Cost-Effective Marketing”, The Cost-Effective Small Office, Washington State Bar Association (2010)
    • Speaker, “CPAs & Attorneys: Become Their Ally, Not Their Enemy”, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors – October Meeting (2010)
    • Speaker, “Attorney’s Fees In Washington – Recent Amendments, New Trends In Case Law, New Tools and Ethical Issues”, Law Seminars International (2009)
    • Speaker, Trademark Law and Music, International Trademark Association (tent. 2009)
    • Speaker, Attorneys Fee in Washington – Seattle, Lodestar Publishing (2008)
    • Speaker, Attorneys Fee in Washington – Spokane, Lodestar Publishing (2008)
    • Speaker, Attorneys Fee in Washington – Yakima, Lodestar Publishing (2008)
    • Speaker, Trademark Law, Intellectual Property for the Non-IP Attorney, Washington State Bar Association (2008)
    • Speaker, Copyright Law – Work for Hire, Washington State Bar Association Intellectual Property Section (2008)
    • Speaker, Protecting Your Organization…Protecting Yourself, , Washington Society of Association Executives Annual Convention (2007)
    • Co-Chairman, 2006 Intellectual Property Law Institute, Washington State Bar Association (2006)
    • Speaker, Tax and Legal Issues of Intellectual Property 2002 “International Tax Conference,” Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (2002)
    • Speaker, Intellectual Property Basics, 2001 “International Conference—A New Perspective of Global Proportion,” Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (2001)
    • Speaker, Protecting IP Globally, “The Best of CLE 2001,” Washington State Bar Association (2001)
    • Speaker, Business Aspects of E-Commerce, “E-Commerce: Legal and Business Issues,” National Business Institute (2000)
    • Speaker, Intellectual Property Issues in Venture Capital Transactions, “Cross-Border Venture Capital Investments,” Washington State Bar Association (2000)
    • Speaker, International Intellectual Protecting & Marketing IP Globally, “Going Global – A Real World View of International Transaction,” Washington State Bar Association (1999)
    • Chairman and Speaker, Standard Clauses in International Agreements, “Drafting International Agreements,” King County Bar Association (1999)
    • Co-Chairman, Designing the International Transaction, King County Bar Association (1995)

    BAR ADMISSIONS

    • Washington State Bar Association
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Tax Court
    • U.S. Supreme Court

    EDUCATION

    • Washington State University, Bachelor of Arts degree, Economics (cum laude), 1984
    • University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1987

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    • Of Counsel, Invicta Law Group (2005 to 2014)
    • Co-founder and president, Front Porch Classics (2000–2005)
    • Co-founder, Gordon & Polscer, commercial and insurance litigation (1994–2000)
    • Partner, Bullivant Houser Bailey, commercial and environmental insurance litigation (1993–1994)
    • Attorney, Betts, Patterson & Mines, commercial, securities and environmental litigation (1991–1993)
    • Associate, Ferguson & Burdell, commercial, antitrust and corporate law (1986–1991)
    • Instructor of litigation skills in Continuing Legal Education programs, including the National Institute of Trial Advocacy
    • Instructor – University of Washington, screenwriting
    • Instructor – Seattle Film Institute, producing

    CREATIVE HIGHLIGHTS

    • Writer and producer, “The Maury Island Incident” (2014)
    • Writer and director, “The Periphery Project, Vol. I (2014)
    • Writer and director, “Reinventing the Patriot” (2014)
    • Writer and co-producer of “Crimes of the Past” (2010 production; Lifetime premiere)
    • Writer and co-producer of “A Relative Thing.” Audience favorite, 1st runner up (2006) Sedona Film Festival; winner, best ensemble, 2005 Phoenix Film Festival; jury finalist, New American Cinema, Seattle International Film Festival (2004)
    • Co-writer of “Farewell to Harry.” Winner, Golden Needle, Seattle International Film Festival (2001); distributed by Questar and Porchlight Entertainment
    • Board game designer of OldCentury Dread Pirate, FamilyFun magazine Toy of the Year (2003); Master and Commander (2003); Old Century Stretch Run, Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Games; Creative Child magazine Award of Excellence (2004); and Raceway 57, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Seal Award (2005)
    • Board game designer – StoryBox Studios; Barista, Potions and Martini for Discovery Bay Games (2009)