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Joanne M. Hepburn

Of Counsel
Fax +1.206.370.6293

Ms. Hepburn is a trial attorney focusing on high stakes commercial and intellectual property litigation, including trademark, copyright, trade secret and employee mobility issues, in state and federal court. She has successfully tried cases to verdict, and has substantial experience in TRO/preliminary injunction proceedings. She also has significant mediation and arbitration experience.

Her experience includes:

Trademark and Copyright Matters

  • Defended footwear manufacturer against false designation of origin claims.
  • Represented franchisor in trademark infringement litigation.
  • Assisted large software company with developing trademark enforcement strategy.
  • Represented software developer in multiple copyright infringement actions.
  • Represented book publisher in copyright infringement lawsuit.
  • Provided in-house support to gaming company in areas of trademarks, licensing, copyrights, contests, and general corporate matters.

Trade Secret, Employee Mobility, and Other Employment Matters

  • Obtained jury verdict in favor of marketing company in case involving breach of non-solicitation agreement and trade secret misappropriation.
  • Successfully arbitrated claim for breach of non-solicitation agreement by consultant and related tortious interference with business opportunities claim.
  • Represented multiple clients in TRO/preliminary injunction proceedings involving non-competition agreements and trade secret claims.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing discrimination claims filed against employer.
  • Obtained early dismissal of former employee’s claim of constructive discharge.

Commercial Matters

  • Defended musician in trial of breach of contract and publishing claims (settled during trial).
  • Defended client against multi-million dollar fraudulent transfer claim involving defenses under Section 548 of the Bankruptcy Code and Section 29(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing product liability and tort claims filed against manufacturer.
  • Successfully defended real estate developer in trial of breach of contract claims.
  • Arbitrated multiple breach of contract actions involving vendor disputes.
  • Developed subpoena response program for telecommunications company.
  • Negotiated scope of third party subpoenas served on multiple clients and resolution of confidentiality issues.
  • Provided in-house support to travel industry clients in areas of patent litigation, defamation and privacy claims, consumer complaints and class action litigation.

Professional Background

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Hepburn worked as a DJ at several radio stations in the Midwest. She was also a DJ on KEXP, 90.3FM, in Seattle. She was a summer associate at Preston Gates & Ellis LLP in 2001.


  • Recognized as a Washington “Rising Star” (2012).
  • Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono Award (2011).
  • Preston Gates & Ellis Jim Ellis Award (2005), awarded for outstanding pro bono service in the representation of a death row inmate.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle, Board Member, 2009-2013
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association, U.S.A., Board Member, 2013-present