Attorney & Founder
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:
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.”
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.