John Bender

John Bender focuses his practice on high-stakes commercial and complex litigation. Named a perennial “Rising Star” by Washington Super Lawyers Magazine, John has represented public and private companies in cases involving exposure in the hundreds of millions, as well as prosecuted a host of other complex cases on behalf of businesses and individuals. John’s practice emphasizes disputes involving breach of contract, fraud, trade secrets, securities, partnership disputes, class actions, data privacy and technology, as well as matters involving government entities.

John has been consistently recognized as a top attorney in Washington under the age of 40 based on his professional achievements and peer endorsement. John has written frequently on a range of legal topics, earning him the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising’s 2017 Edward Wood Dunham Award. He has also contributed to The Seattle Times.

John has a proven track record of pro bono service to the community and to local, state, and federal bar associations. John sits on the Western District’s Local Rules Committee and the KCBA Judiciary and Litigation Committee. John has volunteered for the City of Seattle’s New Citizen Campaign and the ABA’s Military Pro Bono Project, and is a former chair of the WSBA’s Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board, where he helped advance a new state professional competency and anti-bias initiative. Prior to joining Corr Cronin, John was an attorney at an AmLaw 100 law firm in Seattle, where he litigated a range of complex cases.

John is admitted to practice in Washington and in the Ninth Circuit.

Featured Cases

Successfully defended publicly traded media-holding and publishing companies in protracted, multi-party breach of contract case involving breach of long-term power contract brought by public entity claiming over $200 million in damages.

Successful prosecution of multi-million dollar MTCA lawsuit on behalf of privately held real-estate development company; part of trial team that obtained highly favorable settlement on eve of trial.

Successful defense resulting in dismissal order in trade secret and corporate raiding suit involving the wireless and cell-tower services industry.

Successful defense of closely-held Seattle company against various individual and putative class claims including defamation and tortious interference with business expectancy.

Successful prosecution of creditor claim on behalf of national maritime company against corporate debtor in bankruptcy proceeding.

Successful prosecution and defense of various breach of contract claims across multiple states on behalf of regional franchisee-chain of fast-food restaurants.

Presentations and Publications

Author/Contributor, American Bar Association’s Franchise Deskbook: Selected State Laws, Commentary, and Annotations, Third Edition (2019).

Delaware Court Makes it Easier for Duped Shareholders to Sue, Today’s General Counsel Magazine (2016).

Reexamination of Direct-Derivative Distinction Under Tooley for Common Law ‘Holder Claims,’ American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Commercial and Business Litigation Committee Newsletter (2016).

Barking Up the Wrong Tree: the NLRB’s Joint Employer Standard and the Case for Preserving the Formalities of Business Format Franchising, 35 Franchise L.J. 209 (2015).

Washington’s New LLC Act: Out with the Old, in with the New, Law360 (2015).

Blurred Lines in Small Business; Disagreements to Legal Disputes, Partnership and Shareholder Disputes from Start to Finish, National Business Institute (2014).

U.S. Must Adhere to Principles of Freedom, Seattle Times (2017)

City of Seattle’s United for Immigrant and Refugee Families Inauguration Day Event, Seattle, Washington (2017)

Education / Background

J.D., University of Washington School of Law

B.A., Seattle University

Externship, Hon. Judge John Ruhl, King County Superior Court

Washington Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2017

Washington Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2018

Washington Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2019

Edward (Jack) Wood Dunham Rising Scholar Award, American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, 2017

Professional Associations

Washington State Bar Association, Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board, 2016-2019

King County Bar Association, Judiciary and Litigation Committee, 2018-present

King County Bar Association, Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee, 2019

Federal Bar Association Western District of Washington, 2019-present

American Constitution Society, 2019-present

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