John’s practice focuses on high-stakes commercial and complex litigation. Named a perennial “Rising Star” by Washington Super Lawyers® Magazine, John has successfully represented public and private companies in cases involving exposure in the hundreds of millions as well as a host of other complex cases on behalf of businesses and individuals. John’s diverse practice as a litigator includes disputes involving breach of contract, fraud, securities, partnership disputes, corporate governance, class actions, privacy and technology, as well as matters involving government entities.
John is a recipient of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising’s Edward Wood Dunham Award (2017). He has been named a Rising Star by Washington Super Lawyers every year from 2017-2020. He is the author of numerous publications and has contributed to the Seattle Times.
John has a proven track record of leadership in pro bono service to state and federal bar associations. He has volunteered for the City of Seattle’s New Citizen Campaign and the ABA’s Military Pro Bono Project. He is a former chair of the Washington State Bar Association’s Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board, where he helped advance a new state professional competency and anti-bias initiative. John currently serves on the Western District of Washington’s Local Rules Committee and the King County Bar Association’s Judiciary and Litigation Committee. 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.
Ponderay Newsprint Company v. Pub. Util. Dist. No. 1 of Pend Oreille – Member of team that defended multiple publicly traded media-holding and publishing companies in multi-party breach of contract case brought by public entity claiming over $200 million in damages.
Armon et al. v. WSU – Plaintiff’s counsel in data breach class action against Washington State University, successfully obtained class settlement on behalf of over one million victims providing over $17.5 million to the class in aggregate cash reimbursement and credit-monitoring benefits.
Real Estate & Environmental Litigation – Member of trial team that successfully prosecuted multi-million dollar MTCA lawsuit on behalf of real-estate holding company. Delivered highly favorable settlement agreement on eve of trial.
Trade Secret Litigation – Member of defense team that obtained voluntary dismissal order misappropriation of trade secret and corporate raiding suit involving the wireless and cell-tower services industry.
Corporate Governance Litigation – Member of defense team that prosecuted successful defense of substantial Washington nonprofit and executives against claims of waste, mismanagement, and breach of fiduciary duty.
Class Action Defense – Member of defense team for closely-held Seattle company that defeated class certified and obtained highly favorable resolution of various individual and putative class claims including defamation and tortious interference with business expectancy.