"I’ve spent over two decades 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 and commercial litigation expertise, few have successfully started, built and managed a national consumer products company. Fewer have written and produced successful independent feature films.
Bracepoint Law attorney Steve Edmiston brings all these skill sets to his legal practice. His “real world” business and entertainment industry experience gives him 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 distributor of “coffee table games.” Steve managed Front Porch’s trademark, copyright and licensing portfolio with entities such as Major League Baseball, Twentieth Century Fox, and Sony’s Game Show Television Network. He guided the company through two rounds of venture capitalization, negotiated sales relationships with Target.com, Barnes & Noble, Nordstrom, Eddie Bauer, and Amazon.com, and appeared on ESPN2, National Public Radio, in the New York Times, and Sports Illustrated. While with Front Porch, Steve developed several award-winning game titles, including Dread Pirate, Old Century Stretch Run, and Master & Commander (in connection with the Fox film release).
Although Steve previously specialized 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, and learning how to integrate development, management, contracting, intellectual property, and dispute resolution strategies, as the key to his success at Bracepoint.
In his “spare time,” Steve has written and produced four independent feature films (each receiving distribution), along with numerous award-winning short films. He has taught screenwriting at the University of Washington, and film producing at Seattle University 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 speaks frequently on legal, business, entertainment, and history topics. He was selected for the 2021-2023 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau on the subject of Prohibition in the Northwest.
"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."