John Arthur Bender Jr. is an attorney member with the law firm Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland PLLC in Seattle, Washington. In his legal career of over 30 years, he has successfully represented individuals and businesses in complex civil cases related to challenging securities, franchise, banking, etc.
He has a rich securities litigation experience in the areas of stock option disputes, shareholder derivative action, corporate governance, the liability of directors & officers, mortgage-backed securities, insider trading, and internal investigations.
John Bender defends investment bankers, investors, registered representatives, and brokers in regulatory investigations and disciplinary actions that the State of Washington Securities Division, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) take.
His services also include presenting Wells submissions and Central Registration Depository expungement requests. He also defends investment advisors, broker-dealers and registered representatives before FINRA Dispute Resolution in customer claims against them in matters such as fraud & misrepresentation, unsuitability, breach of fiduciary duty, and churning.
FINRA appointed him as an arbitrator and mediator trainer for the Seattle panel of FINRA arbitrators. He served in that capacity from 1993 to 2003 and trained hundreds of arbitrators and mediators across the U.S.
He has spent many years of his practice as an arbitrator and mediator for NYSE, FINRA, and National Futures Association. He is an expert and has a remarkable win rate in prosecuting noncompetition, non-solicitation and trade secrets disputes for registered representatives and broker-dealers.
John Arthur Bender frequently advises franchisors on business, regulatory and growth strategies, and also represents them in regulatory investigations and lawsuits. He defends franchisees in franchise termination matters and educates them about their rights.
Business clients seek his guidance in a wide range of labor and employment issues. He has represented his clients in trials before the state and federal courts across the nation in matters concerning wrongful discharge, discrimination, non-compete, and labor cases.
He has also taught continuing education courses and seminars on employment & labor issues throughout the West Coast.
He is a former Adjunct Investigative Counsel and currently serves as a Hearing Officer at the Washington State Bar Association. He is also a member of the International Franchise Association Legal Symposium since 2004.
John A. Bender has also served on the Judicial Screening and Judicial Conferencing Committee and as a Vice Chair in the King County Bar Association. He is a board member of the Seattle University School of Law Alumni Association since 2009.
He is also a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the American Bar Association, and the International Franchise Association Legal Symposium since 1985, 1986, and 2004 respectively. Washington CEO magazine has named him in the list of Washington’s Most Amazing Attorneys in 2005.
He is serving as the arbitrator for King County at the Washington Superior Court since 1992 and Rule 39.1 mediator for U.S. District Court for Western District of Washington. He has also worked as an arbitrator and mediator for organizations such as NASD, NYSE, AAA, National Futures Association, and the National Arbitration Forum.
Before joining his current law firm Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland PLLC, he worked as the Partner at the law firm Holland & Knight LLC and its predecessors from the year 1993 until 2004.
John Arthur Bender Jr. obtained his Juris Doctorate from Emory University Law School and Seattle University School of Law in the year 1985. Before studying law, he completed his Bachelor of Arts from the Saint Martin’s College in 1982.
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