Maha Jafarey


About Me

My country of origin is Pakistan, a country that thrives on small and mid-sized businesses. My parents encouraged my sister and me to hone our community focused, entrepreneurial skills; by the age of fifteen, we had organized and participated in a number of successful (and quite a few unsuccessful) bake sales and craft shows to raise money for local nonprofits.

What drew me towards Apex was that it serves and uplifts entrepreneurs who are rooted in community. I hope to build and maintain lasting relationships with my clients; celebrating their achievements, assist manage their risks, and support them when they are faced with hard decisions.

My practice focuses on commercial and intellectual property (copyrights and trademarks) related transactions. I also have a particular interest in working with organizations, the legal community, and government officials on racial equity issues and polices.

Practice Areas

Startups & Formation

  • Forming for-profit and nonprofit entities with state and local agencies.
  • Drafting fiscal sponsorship agreements.
  • Drafting governance policies.

Nonprofit Corporations

  • Employment matters for standard employees and independent contractors.
  • Assisting with application for tax-exemption under federal tax law.
  • Forming nonprofit entities with state and local agencies.

Business Transactions & Services

  • Employment matters for standard independent contractors.
  • Drafting vendor and customer facing agreements.
  • Drafting service agreements.

Intellectual Property

  • Filing trademark applications.
  • Filing copyright applications.
  • Advising clients on their Intellectual Property rights and portfolio.
  • Drafting Intellectual Property licenses, assignments, contracts, and releases.
  • Drafting Work Made for Hire Agreements.

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • CLE Presenter at Microsoft for “Training for Virtual Clinics for Small Businesses and Non-Profits” for Communities Rise (formerly, Wayfind)
  • Presenter for “Let’s Go Legal” for Communities Rise (formerly, Wayfind)
  • Presenter for “Understanding the 501(c)3 Application Process” for Communities Rise (formerly, Wayfind)
  • Facilitator at the Governing for Racial Equity, and Inclusion Conference 2019
  • Speaker at University of Washington; “LLM Alumni: Preparing for the Bar Exam” 2018


  • Intellectual Property L.L.M., University of Washington
  • LLB (Hons), University of London

Bar Admission

  • Washington State Bar, 2016

Volunteering & Community Groups

  • Leadership Eastside, Executive Insight Program 2020
  • Middle Eastern Law Bar Association (MELAW), Board Member 2020
  • Startup425, Advisory Board Member 2019
  • Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC), At-large Board Member 2019
  • Kids in Need of Defense Pro bono Attorney, 2018
  • Communities Rise Nonprofit Legal Clinic Volunteer 2017
  • Communities Rise Microenterprise Legal Clinic Volunteer 2017

Outside Activities/Accomplishments

  • Spending time with my son
  • Baking for friends and family
  • Reading
  • Since COVID-19, I have been learning how to sketch and paint!

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