John A. Tondini

Phone: 206.622.2000
Fax: 206.622.2522

John A. Tondini

John has practiced law in Seattle since 1989. He tries cases in both federal and state courts. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation matters. Additionally, he counsels clients on joint ventures, trade practices, antitrust and consumer issues. In 2001 and 2012 he chaired the Washington State Bar Association’s Antitrust, Consumer Protection and Unfair Business Practices Section. He has represented clients in securities and consumer class actions; professional liability suits; mass tort litigation; and trade secret, patent and licensing cases; among other matters. Before joining Byrnes Keller Cromwell LLP in 1999, he was a partner at Bogle & Gates PLLC.

Professional Experience

Engaged in trial practice since 1989; tried jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts.

Cases tried include:

  • Potter v. Confidential (sole trial counsel, one week lawyer liability case, defense verdict)
  • Makah Tribe v. Quileute Tribe (trial counsel, five week federal bench trial which resulted in win for our client the Quileute Tribe)
  • Intermec, Inc. v. IBM (patent licensing one week federal jury trial, split verdict) (successfully argued Ninth Circuit appeal and obtained $8.5 million judgment for IBM on remand)
  • Shah v. Manufacturers Life Ins. (three week jury trial, unanimous defense verdict for client)
  • Activated Matrix Partners v. Confidential (three week jury trial resulted in defense judgment for national law firm client)
  • Shah v. Merrill Lynch (two week FINRA arbitration resulted in defense judgment for client)
  • State v. RJRT (three day bench trial regarding advertising restriction)
  • VanAckeren v. KCTS (two week misappropriation state jury trial)
  • Applied Micro Devices v. Ford (two week patent infringement federal bench trial)
  • Lumbermens Ins. Co. v. SGA (ten day sale of business federal bench trial)

Other Recent Matters:

  • Blue Lion v. HomeStreet Bank (preliminary injunction motion for director election proxy contest)
  • Eagle View v. Xactware Solutions (TRO/preliminary injunction contract dispute) (litigated in District Court and argued Ninth Circuit expedited appeal)
  • Swedish v. Regence (Provider-Payor multimillion dollar dispute)
  • Boyer v. Confidential (national law firm liability defense)
  • Water’s Edge HOA v. Confidential (regional lawyer and law firm liability defense)
  • Woodyard v. Confidential (lawyer liability defense)
  • Wanachek v. Alaska Brokerage (antitrust class action defense liaison counsel)
  • Krausz v. Romac (patent infringement/inequitable conduct)
  • Brotherson v. The Professional Basketball Club (ticketholder class action)


  • J.D., California Western School of Law, 1989, summa cum laude, Law Review Editor
  • B.A., Gonzaga University, 1984

Bar Admissions

  • State of Washington, 1989
  • Federal District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington
  • Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Recognition

  • Preeminent AV rated by Martindale
  • Recognized as a “Super Lawyer” 2014-present
  • Listed in Seattle Metropolitan Best Lawyers for Antitrust and Trade Regulation
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

John A. Tondini Super Lawyers LCA Senior Fellow