Steve Edmiston

Of Counsel

I spent 14 years as a practicing attorney, but having run a venture-backed business, I’ve become a far better counselor. 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."

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.

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.

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

  • 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)
  • AssociateFerguson & 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)

I know the law, I know their needs and I’ve probably made some of the same entrepreneurial mistakes they have. 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."