William Carleton

T: 206-467-1816
F: 206-624-5128

Download V-Card

William Carleton

At McNaul, Bill leads a boutique group that serves a range of legal needs for emerging companies in Web, IT, Gaming, Custom Software Development, Digital Media and other software-related industries. These needs include: private financings; outbound and inbound licensing agreements; IP spinouts; and M&A events.

Bill serves as Vice Chair of the Angel Capital Association's Public Policy Committee Advisory Council. He speaks and presents frequently to angel groups and to the general public, most recently concerning the JOBS Act. Among other things, Bill helped the Wall Street Journal conduct an online chat about implications of crowdfunding for startups. He is a contributing editor at VC Experts, where his posts on implementation of the JOBS Act are published every Wednesday. From time to time, Bill writes guest posts for GeekWire.

Bill draws on a deep experience as a startup lawyer. He formed and represented some of the first ventures of the Web 1.0 era, including, F5 Networks, Pantheon and Union Street. He continues to represent startups involving serial entrepreneurs and, on a selective basis, those involving first time founders. Bill’s experience working for emerging companies from the inside also informs his practical approach to lawyering.


  • Cornell Law School, magna cum laude
  • Cornell University (M.F.A.), with distinction
  • Layfayette College


  • Giff Constable's list of "Great Web Startup Lawyers"
  • ABA Journal Blawg Directory
  • Justia Securities Law Blogs