John Bender

1001 Fourth Avenue, Suite 3900
Seattle, Washington 98154-1051
Telephone: (206) 625-8600
Direct Line: (206) 652-8659
Facsimile: (206) 625-0900

John Bender

John’s practice focuses on high-stakes commercial and complex litigation and investigations. Named a perennial “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers® Magazine, John’s background as a litigator includes representing public and private companies in cases involving exposure in the hundreds of millions of dollars as well as a host of complex cases on behalf of businesses and individuals. John’s diverse practice includes cases involving allegations of fraud, securities, corporate governance, partnership and shareholder disputes, trade secret misappropriation, technology, cryptocurrency, privacy, defamation, unfair competition, as well as matters involving government entities and complex torts.

John was named to Best Lawyers in America’s “Ones to Watch” List in 2021 and 2022. He has been named a Rising Star by Washington Super Lawyers in Business Litigation every year since 2017. He is a recipient of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising’s Edward Wood Dunham Award for outstanding scholarship (2017).

John has a proven track record of leadership in pro bono service to state and federal bar associations. He is a past volunteer and speaker for the City of Seattle’s New Citizen Campaign. He is a former chair of the Washington State Bar Association’s Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board, during which he helped advance the Board’s first mandatory anti-bias, anti-discrimination, and technology-skills continuing legal education proposal. John has also served on the local rule committees for both King County and the Western District of Washington. 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

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.

Fraud Investigation and Litigation – Represented public agency in connection with investigation and recovery of embezzled assets in one of the largest public misappropriation cases of record in Washington state.

Trade Secret Litigation – Member of defense team that obtained voluntary dismissal order in misappropriation of trade secret and corporate raiding suit involving the wireless and cell-tower services industry.

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.

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

Faculty, Likely to go viral: How COVID-19 will encourage Securities Act claims, CLE Presentation, King County Bar Association (2020)

Contributing Author, 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).

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

Best Lawyers in America’s “Ones to Watch” List, 2021

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

Federal Bar Association Western District of Washington, 2019-present

1001 Fourth Avenue, Suite 3900
Seattle, WA 98154

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