John T. Bender

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Seattle, Washington

Corr Cronin LLP
John T. Bender
Corr Cronin LLP

Practice Areas: Business Litigation

Licensed in Washington since: 2015

Education: University of Washington School of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2024

Corr Cronin LLP

1015 2nd Ave
Floor 10
Seattle, WA 98104 Phone: 206-625-8600 Email: John T. Bender Visit website

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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, technology, trade secrets, crypto and digital assets, 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 received 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 continuing legal education proposal to the state supreme court. John has also served on the local rule committees for both King County and the Western District of Washington.

John received a B.A. from Seattle University, a J.D. from University of Washington, and an LL.M. from UC Berkeley.

First Admitted: 2015, Washington

Professional Webpage: https://www.corrcronin.com/profiles/john-bender/

Educational Background:
  • UC Berkeley School of Law, LL.M.
  • University of Washington School of Law
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • American Bar Association - Military Pro Bono Project - Volunteer Attorney, 2015
  • Volunteer for Seattle New Citizen Campaign., 2016
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Chair, Washington State Bar Association Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board, 2018-19, 2018
  • Board member, Washington State Bar Association's MCLE Board, appointment by Washington Supreme Court
  • King County Bar Association - Judiciary and Litigation Committee - Member, 2015
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Contributing author for American Bar Association’s Franchise Deskbook: Selected State Laws, Commentary, and Annotations, Third Edition (2019)., Contributor/Author, American Bar Association’s Franchise Deskbook: Selected State Laws, Commentary, and Annotations, Third Edition (2019)., 2019
  • Contributing authority to The Securities Act of Washington Protects the Public, Rely On It published in King County Bar BUlletin., The Securities Act of Washington Protects the Public, Rely On It, King County Bar Bulletin, 2019
  • On May 24, 2016, the Delaware Supreme Court held that stockholders could bring direct holder claims against a corporation for losses the plaintiffs allegedly suffered in reliance on misrepresentations made by the company and its directors. Citigroup Inc. v. AWH Inv. P’ship, 2016 Del. LEXIS 310 (May 24, 2016). The case was heard on certification from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. AWH Inv. P’ship v. Citigroup Inc., 806 F.3d 695 (2d Cir. 2015). Although the court stopped short of officially recognizing holder claims in Delaware, the decision provides important guidance on the direct-derivative distinction in shareholder litigation and likely sets the stage for recognition of direct holder claims under Delaware law in the future., Author, Examination of Direct-Derivative Distinction Under Tooley for Common Law 'Holder Claims', American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Commercial And Business Litigation Committee, 2016
  • Delaware Cast Makes It Easier for Duped Shareholders to Sue, Today's General Counsel, 2016
  • Author, America must adhere to principles of freedom, Seattle Times, 2016
  • In August 2015, the National Labor Relations Board overruled 30 years of board precedent by substantially revising its so-called joint-employer test such that joint-employer status can be based on "indirect" or "potential" control over another business' employment practices, whether or not that control is ever exercised. That action was announced amid ongoing litigation between the Board and McDonald's USA in which the Board alleges McDonald's USA is liable as a joint employer for labor violations allegedly committed by its franchisees. In the article, Mr. Bender traces the history of the NLRB's joint employer test and the emergence of business format franchising to argue that franchisors and franchisees are separate legal entities and that the Board's new joint-employer test should be rejected in franchise cases., Author, Barking Up the Wrong Tree: the NLRB's Joint Employer Standard and the Case for Preserving the Formalities of Business Format Franchising , Franchise Law Journal, 2015
  • The state of Washington significantly amended its Limited Liability Company Act (RCW 25.15 et seq.) in 2015. The amended statute took effect on Jan. 1, 2016, for LLCs formed after Jan. 1. The new rules also became retroactive for all LLCs on July 1, 2016. The article summarizes several significant changes to Washington’s LLC statute., Author, Washington's New LLC Act: Out with the Old, In with the New, Law360, 2015
  • Partnership and shareholder disputes in Washington from start to finish., Author, Blurred Lines in Small Business; Disagreements to Legal Disputes, National Business Institute, 2014
Representative Clients:
  • Successful defense of closely-held Seattle company against various individual and putative class claims including defamation and tortious interference with business expectancy., 2019
  • 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., 2019
  • Successful prosecution of multi-million dollar MTCA lawsuit on behalf of privately held real-estate development company; part of trial team that obtained highly favorable settlement on eve of trial., 2018
  • Successfully defended publicly traded media-holding and publishing companies in protracted, multi-party breach of contract case involving breach of long-term power contract brought by public entity claiming over $200 million in damages., 2017
  • Successful defense of international chain of hotles in complex-injury case resulting in favorable settlement., 2017
  • Successful defense resulting in dismissal order in trade secret and corporate raiding suit involving the wireless and cell-tower services industry., 2016
  • Successfully defended Seattle company in employment-related internal investigation with substantial exposure; succesfully achieved settlement significantly reducing client's financial penalty., 2016
  • Successful defense of prominent international manufacturer and global retailer in complex product-liability case., 2016
  • Successfully prominent California-based architecture firm in multi-party design and construction defect case., 2016
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Successful defense of closely-held Seattle company against various individual and putative class claims including defamation and tortious interference with business expectancy., 2019
  • 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., 2019
  • Successful prosecution of multi-million dollar MTCA lawsuit on behalf of privately held real-estate development company; part of trial team that obtained highly favorable settlement on eve of trial., 2018
  • Successfully defended publicly traded media-holding and publishing companies in protracted, multi-party breach of contract case involving breach of long-term power contract brought by public entity claiming over $200 million in damages., 2017
  • Defended Washington law firm for claims of violation of the bankruptcy stay. Case settled saving client from a potentially significant adverse judgment. , 2017
  • Defended international chain of hotles in complex-injury case resulting in favorable settlement., 2017
  • Successful defense resulting in dismissal order in trade secret and corporate raiding suit involving the wireless and cell-tower services industry., 2016
  • Defended Seattle company in employment-related internal investigation with substantial exposure; succesfully achieved settlement significantly reducing client's financial penalty., 2016
Honors/Awards:
  • Named Rising Star for 2021 by Thompson Reuters, Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Named Rising Star for 2020 by Thompson Reuters, Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2020
  • Named to America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators list in Washington., America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators (Washington), 2019
  • Named Rising Star for 2019 by Thompson Reuters, Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Named Rising Star for 2017 by Thompson Reuters, Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Named Rising Star for 2017 by Thompson Reuters, Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2017
  • CALI - Legal Writing, Seattle University School of Law, 2013
  • Law Review (offer), Seattle University Law Review, 2013
  • Rising Scholar Award, ABA's Franchise Law Forum, 2017

Office location for John T. Bender

1015 2nd Ave
Floor 10
Seattle, WA 98104

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8 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2024

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