John T. Witherspoon


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John Witherspoon serves as a confidant to privately-held businesses and their owners who want to focus on running their companies while having a trusted advisor just a call or e-mail away. Together with a team of professionals who have other areas of focus, John gets to know—and stays connected with—each client to enable efficient problem-solving in the context of a client’s goals. John truly enjoys helping clients take tangible steps closer to their ultimate business or personal goals.

His practice focuses on the business legal needs of closely-held companies, including how best to structure and internally operate limited liability companies, partnerships, and corporations, how to be as protected as possible while closing on a purchase or sale of a business, property holding, or other asset or financing transaction, and how to handle the negotiations and disputes that typically arise from time to time when owning and operating privately-owned businesses, including those with a global reach.

John Witherspoon does this work for business sector clients in real estate development and investment, technology and start-up, medical and accounting professional practices, and manufacturing and distribution.

Though graced with a youthful appearance, John Witherspoon has been in practice for eleven years, has an impressive range of depth and experience, and relishes being a father.


Primary Areas of Practice

  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Closely-Held Business Team
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate Law
  • Estate Planning

Publications & Presentations

Presenter, “Opportunity Zones in Oregon”, Buckley Law Lunch on Your Lawyer, January 2019
Author and Presenter, “Business Contracts A-Z,” October 2012
Co-Author, “HIRE Act Opportunities for Closely Held Businesses,” March 2010
Co-Author, “Understanding Measure 66 and 67,” January 2010
Author and Presenter, “Legal Aspects of Condominium Development and Homeowners’ Associations,” September 2009
Author and Presenter, “Drafting and Enforcing Commercial Leases,” June 2008
Author and Presenter, “The Development Approval Process,” January 2008
Author and Presenter, “Ethical Issues while Representing Business Entities,” November 2007
Presenter, “Revised UCC Article 9 Secured Transactions,” April 2007

Professional Recognition
John was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers®-Rising Stars Edition 2010 and 2013 for real estate law.

Admitted to Practice
Washington, Oregon, and the U.S. Tax Court

John earned his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.)., magna cum laude, from Harvard University.

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