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John S. Wilson

Fax +1.206.623.7022

John is an associate in the firm’s Seattle office whose practice focuses on drafting and negotiating commercial agreements for clients that range from startups to Fortune 500 corporations. These agreements include technology development, licensing arrangements, worldwide distribution, cooperative marketing, and endorsement deals. In addition to negotiating and drafting agreements, John regularly counsels clients on matters involving intellectual property, social media, and privacy issues. John has also represented clients in structuring, drafting, and negotiating sports and entertainment deals including sponsorships and celebrity endorsements.

Prior to joining the Technology Transactions practice group, John gained experience as a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice group. In that role John represented clients in numerous court appearances, negotiation of favorable settlements, and assisting with Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission in Washington D.C.

John's professional work extends to his commitment to pro bono services. He has assisted in the drafting of a Ninth Circuit appellate brief on behalf of a Mexican immigrant placed in removal proceedings. He has also provided counsel to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Alaska, Montana, Northern Idaho & Washington, the Washington German Shepherd Rescue, and the Girl Scouts of Western Washington.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Wilson was the lead law clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office in Eugene, Oregon. He was closely involved with the prosecution of white collar, terrorism, and fraud cases. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Wilson worked for several years as a quality assurance consultant and engineer for a variety of large manufacturing companies in the high tech and defense industries.


  • Named a 2013, 2014 and 2015 Washington Rising Star by Super Lawyers

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Board of Directors, University of Oregon School of Law Alumni Association
  • Board of Directors, Pacific Northwest Soccer Club
  • Drafted and negotiated cooperative marketing arrangement between national retailer and international entertainment company.
  • Assisted online retailer in drafting various commercial agreements with publishers for digital and print materials.
  • Drafted various international roaming and discount agreements for major telecommunications company.
  • Represented large financial institution in drafting and negotiating stadium sponsorship arrangement with NFL franchise.
  • Amazon.com, Inc. v. Nimbula, Inc. (King County Superior Court). Key member of team representing Amazon in litigation against start-up cloud computing company comprised primarily of former Amazon employees. 
  • Quia Corp. v. Mattel, Inc. (Northern District of California).  Brought trademark infringement case against national toy manufacturer alleging infringement of protected mark owned and used by online math tutoring company.
  • Provide counsel to major national telecommunications company and cell phone service provider regarding compliance with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), 47 U.S.C. § 227.
  • Provide counsel to national high-end kitchen and cooking supply retailer on a variety of intellectual property, contract interpretation and drafting, and sweepstakes matters.