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John S. Wilson

Fax +1.206.623.7022

Mr. Wilson is a partner in the firm’s Seattle office whose practice focuses on technology transactions and sports law. John has deep experience drafting and negotiating commercial agreements for clients that range from startups to Fortune 500 corporations. These agreements include cloud computing services (including IaaS and SaaS), technology development, licensing arrangements, worldwide distribution, cooperative marketing, and endorsement deals. In addition to negotiating and drafting agreements, he regularly counsels clients on matters involving intellectual property, social media, and privacy issues.

Mr. Wilson also represents clients in structuring, drafting, and negotiating sports and entertainment transactions including naming rights deals, sponsorship agreements, celebrity/athlete endorsements, media rights agreements, and stadium construction contracts. He has experience advising clients positioned on both the team/league and the sponsor/brand side of deals. He also serves as outside general counsel to a group holding a minority interest in Seattle Sounders 2, a professional soccer club competing in the United Soccer League.
Prior to joining the Technology Transactions practice group, Mr. Wilson gained experience as a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice group. In that role he 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.

Mr. Wilson's professional work extends to his commitment to pro bono services. He has argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a Mexican immigrant seeking asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture to a citizen of Mexico based on his past military service and involvement in the arrest of several members of the Los Zetas drug cartel. He has also provided counsel to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Alaska & Washington (on whose board he sits), 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 Washington Rising Star by Super Lawyers (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Sports Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington
  • General Counsel, Sounders Community Trust
  • Member, University of Oregon Dean’s Advisory Counsel
  • Board of Directors, Pacific Northwest Soccer Club

Additional Information

  • “MySpace, Your Space, or Our Space? New Frontiers in Electronic Evidence,” 86 Or. L. Rev. 1201, 2008.
  • “Rapanos v. United States: Muddying Enforcement of the Clean Water Act,” Western Environmental Law Update, 2007.
  • Representing a Major League Soccer franchise in negotiation of complex sponsorship agreement with an international airline.
  • Advising a healthcare system in a baseball stadium naming rights arrangement.
  • Representing a sports and fitness app company in negotiating a comprehensive collaboration and promotion agreement with a leading sports beverage company.
  • Drafting and negotiating a cooperative marketing arrangement between a national retailer and international entertainment company.
  • Assisting an online retailer in drafting various commercial agreements with publishers for digital and print materials.
  • Representing an energy drink manufacturer in drafting and negotiating a celebrity endorsement deal.
  • Drafting various international roaming and discount agreements for major telecommunications company.
  • Representing a large financial institution in drafting and negotiating stadium sponsorship arrangement with an NFL franchise.
  • Providing counsel to a national high-end kitchen and cooking supply retailer on a variety of intellectual property, contract interpretation and drafting, and sweepstakes matters.