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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, he has represented public and private companies in cases involving exposure in the hundreds of millions as well as litigated a host of other complex matters on behalf of businesses and individuals. John prosecutes and defends cases involving breach of contract, trade secrets, securities litigation, class actions, partnership disputes, as well as matters involving government agencies.

Since law school, John has been frequently published on new and evolving areas of the law, earning him the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising’s prestigious 2017 Edward Wood Dunham Award.

John chairs the Washington State Bar Association’s Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board, and serves on the King County Bar Association’s Judiciary and Litigation and Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committees. John has also volunteered for the City of Seattle’s New Citizen Campaign as well as 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 municipal 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

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., Political Science, Seattle University

Extern, Judge John Ruhl, King County Superior Court

Professional Associations

Washington State Bar Association

  • Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board, Chair

King County Bar Association

  • Judiciary and Litigation Committee, Member
  • Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee, Member

American Constitution Society, Member

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