John Bender and Erin Ehlert Elected to Corr Cronin’s Partnership

Corr Cronin is pleased to announce that attorneys John Bender and Erin Ehlert have been elected to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2024.

John Bender represents clients in high-stakes commercial and complex litigation and investigations. He routinely handles matters involving securities, breach of contract, partnership and shareholder disputes, corporate governance, claims of fraud and embezzlement, trade secrets, intellectual property and disputed rights to technology and and other digital assets. He frequently handles matters involving regulatory agencies along with complex torts and reputational harm.

As an attorney with significant experience at the intersection of cryptocurrencies, decentralized financing, and U.S. law, John frequently provides legal commentary and analysis to local and national media outlets. He serves on the Steering Committee for the Washington Technology Industry Association’s Cascadia Blockchain Council. He has been named to Best Lawyers in America’s “Ones to Watch” List every year since 2021, and has been named a “Rising Star” by Washington Super Lawyers in Business Litigation in Washington every year since 2017.

John earned his bachelor’s degree from Seattle University, J.D. from University of Washington, and LL.M. from University of California at Berkeley.

“Corr Cronin is delighted that John Bender has joined the firm’s partnership. John’s tenacity and strategic thinking have yielded outstanding results for our clients. We are very proud to have John on the team and look forward to more great things in the future,” said Blake Marks-Dias, Corr Cronin’s Co-Managing Partner.

Erin Ehlert’s practice focuses on litigation and representing her clients in the courtroom. Having spent over 20 years as a criminal prosecutor before transitioning to civil litigation, she is highly skilled in preparing cases, developing experts, and creating persuasive courtroom arguments. Erin focused her criminal practice on the development of novel DNA evidence, the investigation of cold cases and the prosecution of complex violent crimes. While always maintaining a trial caseload, she was also the Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division managing over 170 attorneys as well as the chair of the Homicide Unit. Erin’s transition to civil litigation has focused on representing city and county government employees as well as law enforcement. She also represents major clients in complex tort and products liability litigation.

From Emily Harris, Corr Cronin’s Co-Managing Partner: “Erin Ehlert is a tremendous addition to the partnership. She brings decades of real-world trial experience and impeccable judgment to bear in every client interaction. In addition to her trial skills, she is dedicated to mentoring newer lawyers in and out of the courtroom. We are so proud to welcome Erin into the partnership.”

Congratulations, John and Erin!

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By Suzanne O'Brien

January 8, 2024

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