Legal advice designed for businesses doing creative work.


CreateLegal was born out of the recognition that quality legal advice doesn’t need to be packaged in (or priced like) a downtown high rise building. You deserve better.

Only pay for the value you receive.

Whether a fixed fee or hourly project, we stand behind the value of our work. If you feel that our bill doesn’t match the value you received, simply adjust the bill – up or down – to whatever amount you think is appropriate.

Helping you say what you mean.

The contracts you put in your clients’ hands are as much a part of your brand as your website, logo or business card. Lengthy legalisms just get in the way. We write and talk in plain English so your contracts communicate as well as you do.

Talking to your Lawyer Shouldn’t Be Painful.

The law is complicated but communicating with your lawyer shouldn’t be. We’ll help you understand the law, your contracts, and most importantly, what to do next so you can get back to work.

Predictable Project Pricing.

For many projects we work on project-based pricing, quoted in advance, based on your needs, goals and budget. You get predictability, value and a results-oriented process in solving your legal problems.


Whether freelancer, studio or agency, we help creative firms across disciplines solve legal problems. It’s what we love to do.

Core Services

  • Contract drafting and review
  • Intellectual property agreements
  • Owner agreements and structuring
  • Product development and financing
  • Employee and contractor issues
  • Mergers, purchases and sales of businesses

Industries Served

  • Digital, interactive and print design
  • Web and software development
  • Apparel design and sourcing
  • Photography and video
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Food and beverage products and services


Josh Barrett

Josh Barrett

Attorney / Principal


After over 14 years with a downtown corporate law firm, Josh left in 2011 to found CreateLegal where he helps freelancers, growing studios, busy agencies and new media companies find practical solutions to their business law problems. Client-focused and detail-oriented, Josh is always looking for opportunities to help clients up their legal game.

Josh hails from Bozeman, Montana where he earned a BS in accounting cum laude at Montana State University and became a CPA. From there, Josh attended Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon where he met his wife.

In the community, Josh is currently Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of AIGA Portland, the professional association of design. Josh advises App Camp for Girls, a nonprofit inspiring girls to explore their creativity through code. Josh helped found and serves as a board member to Operation Pitch Invasion, a local 501(c)(3) that builds, restores and maintains soccer fields throughout the Portland metro area. Josh also helped establish and advises the 107 Independent Supporters Trust, the nonprofit organizing and financial engine behind the Timbers Army.

Josh is an an avid supporter of the Portland Timbers and proud member of its supporter group, the Timbers Army. If you stand in the North End of Providence Park on match days, you might even hear him sing.

When not supporting the Timbers, Josh is often working on his photography, cooking, playing soccer and trying not to break things in WordPress.

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Jennifer Becker



After several years practicing law at a conventional law firm, Jen joined CreateLegal in 2014, where she cuts through the legalese to efficiently help clients with their wide-ranging business law needs. With fine-tuned writing skills and a keen eye for detail, Jen excels at drafting contracts that protect the client while at the same time moving deals forward.

Jen is 100% Northwest. Born and raised in Spokane, she enjoyed four years at Whitman College in Walla Walla earning a degree in English. After volunteering with AmeriCorps she attended Lewis and Clark Law School here in Portland. Currently, Jen volunteers with Girls on the Run, and also serves on the Advisory Board of First Book Portland, a non-profit organization that raises funds for organizations that focus on literacy in low-income areas.

When not meeting with clients or drafting contracts, you will find Jen clocking a few miles to train for her next race, making a mess in the kitchen with her culinary-inclined toddler or hiking in the mountains with her family.

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