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John Bender

John’s practice focuses on high-stakes commercial and complex litigation. His litigation experience includes successfully representing public and private companies with exposure in the hundreds of millions as well as a host of other complex cases on behalf of businesses and individuals. John was named a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers® Magazine in 2017 and 2018. John also received the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising’s 2017 Edward Wood Dunham Rising Scholar Award.

Prior to joining Corr Cronin, John was an attorney at an AmLaw 100 law firm in Seattle, where he litigated cases involving breach of contract, UCC, fraud and misrepresentation, partnership disputes, product liability, catastrophic injury and other torts.

Outside of work, John is active in the Seattle community. He has volunteered for the City of Seattle’s New Citizen Campaign as well as the American Bar Association’s Military Pro Bono Project. John serves on the King County Bar Association’s Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee and Judiciary and Litigation Committee. John is also a board member on the Washington State Bar Association’s Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board.

Featured Cases

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 team that obtained highly favorable “net positive” settlement after obtaining six-figure sanctions award for various discovery violations.

Part of trial team prosecuting multi-million dollar MTCA lawsuit on behalf of local real-estate holding companies.  

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

Obtained summary judgment dismissal in complex homeowner association dispute involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and ultra vires actions on behalf of officer and board member.

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

Successful defense and prosecution of numerous claims 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

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

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