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Justin Avellar, lawyer

small businesses, nonprofits, startups & artists


About Me


I am a lawyer who helps small businesses, nonprofits, and startups with a wide variety of agreements, corporate formation, and corporate governance.

I earned my BA from Tulane University and my JD from the University of Chicago Law School. Before starting my own practice, I worked at an international law firm in New York City.

Outside of work, I am on the board of the nonprofit Seattle REconomy (which runs the NE Seattle and Shoreline tool libraries) and I enjoy gardening, baking bread, and outdoor activities with my spouse and two dogs.

Practice Areas

Small Businesses

I work with all types of businesses on a wide range of legal issues, including business setup, corporate governance, employment agreements, lease negotiations, business acquisition or sale, commercial contracts and negotiations.


I am an approved nonprofit specialist with 501Commons. I assist new nonprofits with formation, governance and tax exemption. I also work with nonprofits on legal issues they encounter in running their nonprofits.


I work with startups on corporate formation and fundraising and also the same transactional legal needs they might have as small and growing businesses.

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"Justin did an excellent job for us. He was very conscientious, easy to work with and took the extra time to make sure all our questions were answered."
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