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John Arthur Bender Jr.

Practice areas:

Securities & Investment Fraud, Franchising

About Me

For more than 27 years, my practice has focused on resolving challenging securities, franchise, banking and other complex civil cases on behalf of businesses and individuals.


 


Securities Fraud, Enforcement, Regulatory and Broker-Dealer Defense


Investors, broker-dealers, investment bankers, advisers, and registered representatives seek my representation in regulatory investigations and disciplinary actions brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA and NYSE), the New York Stock Exchange and the State of Washington Securities Division, including presenting Wells submissions and Central Registration Depository expunge requests.  I often handle the prosecution and defense of customer claims against investment advisors, broker-dealers and registered representatives. These matters involve claims of unsuitability, churning, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and misrepresentation, particularly before FINRA Dispute Resolution.


 


I was FINRA’s appointed arbitrator and mediator trainer for the Seattle panel of arbitrators from 1993-2003 and in that capacity trained hundreds of arbitrators and mediators around the country. A substantial portion of my practice has been as a FINRA, National Futures Association and NYSE arbitrator and mediator.


 


Broker Recruitment Litigation


I frequently prosecute noncompetition, non-solicitation and trade secrets disputes for broker-dealers and registered representatives.


 


Securities and Complex Civil Litigation


I have considerable additional securities litigation experience in the areas of shareholder derivative action, directors’ and officers’ liability, insider trading, corporate governance and internal investigations, mortgage-backed securities and stock option disputes.


 


Franchising and Related Disputes


I represent franchisors advising on business, regulatory and growth strategies, and defend franchisors in regulatory investigations and lawsuits. I advise franchisees on their rights and defend them in franchise termination matters. 


 


 


 


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Securities & Investment Fraud: 75%
    30 years, 100 cases
  2. Franchising: 25%
    20 years, 20 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($325-400/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • David M. Gaba

    I endorse this lawyer's work. John is one preeminent financial services and franchise attorneys in the northwest.

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    David Gaba Securities & Investment Fraud Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Allen M Ressler

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    Allen Ressler Personal Injury Attorney
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Contact Info

Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC

1201 Third Avenue Suite 3400
Seattle, WA, 98101

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive199005/05/2015
GAInactive Member in Good Standing 198505/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certified Franchise ExecutiveInternational Franchise Association2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2009
Seattle Incredible LawyerCEO to CEO Magazine2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Rule 39.1 mediator for U.S. District CourtWestern District of Washington Honors and AwardsN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerRyan Swanson & Cleveland2004 - Present
PartnerHolland & Knight1993 - 2004
AssociateHolland & Knight1990 - 1993

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Seattle University School of LawAlumni Board Member2009 - Present
International Franchise Association Legal SymposiumMember2004 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Adjunct Investigative Counsel PanelMember2003 - Present
King County Bar Association, Judicial Screening CommitteeMember1996 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1985 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
n/aN/A
Customers vs. MemberRespondent is liable for and paid Claimants' compensatory damages

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the "Rambo Litigator"The Art of the Settlement2008
Practicing Law Institute Course BookGrab the Arbitrators’ Minds and Their Hearts Will Follow1999
Practicing Law Institute Course BookSecurities Arbitrators Training1998
Practicing Law Institute Course BookInside NASDR’s Training Program1997

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Saint Martin's CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1982

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Review of Private Arbitration Awards: Washington & FederalCorruption, Fraud, Evident Partiality, and other Statutory Grounds for Vacating or Modifying Award2010
King County CourtsArbitrator & Pro Tem Judge2010
Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution ConferenceWhat Lawyers Expect from Mediators2010
Washington Superior CourtsArbitrator & Pro Tem Judge2009
King County CourtsArbitrator & Pro Tem Judge2009
Identifying and Litigating Claims Against Stockbrokers and Investment AdivsersA Guide to the Latest Investor Claims Against Brokers and Independent Investment Advisers and Defenses2009
Continuing Legal Education PodcastIdentifying and Litigating Claims Against Stock Brokers and Investment Advisers2009
Arbitrator & MediatorFINRA, NYSE, AAA, National Futures Association, National Arbitration Forum2009
Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution ConferenceWhat Lawyers Expect from Mediators2009
Washington Superior CourtsArbitrator & Pro Tem Judge2008
King County CourtsArbitrator & Pro Tem Judge2008
Franchising Continuing Education PresentationThe Liability of Representing Financial Interest2008
Franchising Continuing Education PresentationLaws You Need to Know2008
Arbitrator & MediatorFINRA, NYSE, AAA, National Futures Association, National Arbitration Forum2008
Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution ConferenceWhat Lawyers Expect from Mediators2008
Washington Superior CourtsArbitrator & Pro Tem Judge2007
Washington Superior CourtsArbitrator & Pro Tem Judge2007
The Art of the SettlementTechniques for Settlement2007
Conference on FranchisingEstablishing A Franchise: What is a Franchise- Laws You Need to Know2007
Arbitrator & MediatorFINRA, NYSE, AAA, National Futures Association, National Arbitration Forum2007
Washington Superior CourtsArbitrator & Pro Tem Judge2006
Washington Superior CourtsArbitrator & Pro Tem Judge2006
The Liability of Representing Financial InterestsCurrent Hot Topics in Litigation, Case Studies and Why You Should be Concerned2006
King County CourtsArbitrator & Pro Tem Judge2006
Arbitrator & MediatorFINRA, NYSE, AAA, National Futures Association, National Arbitration Forum2006
Washington Superior CourtsArbitrator & Pro Tem Judge2005
King County CourtsArbitrator & Pro Tem Judge2005
Arbitrator & MediatorFINRA, NYSE, AAA, National Futures Association, National Arbitration Forum2005
Keynote Speaker at more than 50 Security & Franchising CLEsSecurity & FranchisingN/A