John Bender

John focuses his practice 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 prosecuted a host of other complex cases on behalf of businesses and individuals involving breach of contract, fraud, trade secrets, securities, corporate fiduciary and shareholder claims, partnership disputes, class actions, breach of privacy, and matters involving government entities.

John has been consistently recognized as a top attorney under the age of 40 in Washington based on professional achievement and peer endorsement. John has also written frequently on developing areas of the law, earning him the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising’s 2017 Edward (Jack) 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 Committee. John has also volunteered for the City of Seattle’s New Citizen Campaign and the ABA’s Military Pro Bono Project. Prior to joining Corr Cronin in 2018, John was an attorney at an AmLaw 100 law firm in Seattle, where he litigated a range of complex cases.

Featured Cases

Successfully defended publicly traded media-holding and publishing companies in protracted, multi-party breach of contract case brought by public entity that sued for over $200 million in damages.

Successfully prosecuted multi-million dollar MTCA lawsuit on behalf of privately held real-estate development company, obtaining highly favorable settlement on eve of trial.

Successfully defended client and obtained dismissal in trade secret and corporate raiding suit involving the wireless and cell-tower services industry.

Successfully defended closely-held Seattle company against a variety of individual and putative class claims including defamation and tortious interference with business expectancy. 

Successfully prosecuted creditor claim on behalf of national maritime company against corporate debtor in bankruptcy proceeding.

Successfully prosecuted 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).

Education / Background

J.D., University of Washington School of Law

B.A., Seattle University

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

Washington Super Lawyers, Rising Stars List, 2017-19 (Business Litigation)

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-present

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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