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John Bender

John focuses his practice on high-stakes commercial and complex litigation. Named a perennial “Rising Star” in Business Litigation 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 litigated a host of other complex cases on behalf of businesses and individuals. John prosecutes and defends challenging cases involving breach of contract, fraud, trade secrets, securities, partnership disputes, class actions, breach of privacy and the internet, as well as matters involving government entities.

John has written frequently on developing areas of the law, earning him the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising’s 2017 Edward Wood Dunham Award.

Committed to pro bono service, John chairs the WSBA’s Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board and is a member of the Western District of Washington’s Local Rules Committee, as well as the KCBA’s Judiciary and Litigation and Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committees. John has volunteered for the City of Seattle’s New Citizen Campaign and the American Bar Association’s Military Pro Bono Project. Prior to joining Corr Cronin, John was an attorney at an AmLaw 100 law firm in Seattle, where he litigated a broad range of complex cases.

Featured Cases

Successfully defended publicly traded media-holding and publishing companies in protracted, multi-party breach of contract case against public entity alleging over $200 million in damages.

Part of trial team that successfully prosecuted multi-million dollar MTCA lawsuit on behalf of privately held real-estate development company.

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

Favorable settlement on behalf of national maritime company prosecuting claims against corporate debtor in bankruptcy proceeding.

Successful defense and prosecution of numerous matters on behalf of regional franchisee chain of fast-food restaurants against individuals, debtors, and other businesses.

Presentations and Publications

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

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).

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

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

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

Professional Associations

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

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

King County Bar Association, Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee, 2018-present

Federal Bar Association Western District of Washington, 2019-present

American Constitution Society, 2019-present

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