John Bender

​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.

Featured 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.

Presentations and Publications

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

Washington Supreme Court Review: The Securities Act of Washington Protects the Public, Rely On It, King County Bar Bulletin (December 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).

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

Education / Background

J.D., University of Washington School of Law

B.A., Seattle University, Political Science

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

Washington Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2020

Washington Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2019

Washington Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2018

Washington Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2017

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, 2017-2019 (Chair, 2018-19)

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

King County Bar Association, Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee, 2019-2020

Federal Bar Association Western District of Washington, 2019-present

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