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John J. Tollefsen

Attorney at Law

International Business Finance Lawyer and Litigator


John is an international lawyer with multiple post graduate degrees from both U.S. and European schools including two master of laws degrees. He is a certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Controls Specialist. John graduated from the University of Washington business school with an emphasis on accounting and finance in 1971. In 1974, he completed his Doctor of Jurisprudence at Willamette University School of Law in Salem, Oregon.  Since then he has completed 5 degrees including two LLMs. He has two degrees from European Schools. Since 1974, he has had extensive business law experience in transactional work as well as litigation in state, federal and bankruptcy courts.

Transactional practice: For the first 20 years after 1974, John concentrated on business andJohn J Tollefsen real estate finance, transactional work, and related business litigation. He represented over 1,000 business startups and completed many private and public securities offerings. He is experienced in most forms of business documentation from organizational to merger and acquisition. His focus was securities law and helping entrepreneurs finance their businesses.

Litigation practice: Although John works on most types of complex business and real estate cases including securities fraud litigation, he has developed a passion for victims of financial fraud. John became a Certified Fraud Examiner in 2005 and assisted clients combating fraud. John has pursued financial fraud perpetrators in state and federal courts (including bankruptcy and appellate courts). John has won numerous large judgments and settlements for his clients. Although, he does some work on the defense side, including selected criminal matters, he attempts to only accept cases in which the defendant has due regard for victims and potential victims of any illegal conduct.

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Licenses & Certifications Institute for Internal Contols

· Attorney at Law, State of Oregon
· Attorney at Law, State of Washington
· Attorney at Law, State of New York
· Certified Fraud Examiner
· Certified Controls Specialist

Martindale Hubbell AV rated

John Tollefsen is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is rated "10" by He was named one of the top litigators in Seattle for 2010 by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine. For many years he has been selected for inclusion in Marquis' Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in the World. He received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Board of Regents of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners after nomination by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners in 2011. John Received the Client's Choice badge from in 2012 for 8 client 5 star ratings.

Federal Court Admissions

· District of Oregon
· Western District of Washington
· Eastern District of Washington
· Southern District of New York
· Eastern District of New York
· District of Colorado
· Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
· United States Supreme Court

State Court Admissions

· Oregon State
· Washington State
· New York State


Williamette University of Salem Oregon.

 Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1974 - Willamette University, Salem, Oregon

University of Washington School of Business Bachelor of Arts - 1971 - Business Administration (quantitative methods, economics, and business finance), University of Washington

Certified Fraud Examiner - 2005

Certified Controls Specialist - 2009

Master of Laws (Legum Magister) - U.S. and Global Business Law from Suffolk UniversitySuffolk Law Law School, Boston, Massachusetts. Eotvos Lorand Internation Law Masters DegreeThe classroom instruction was at Eötvös Loránd University (Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem) in Budapest, Hungary (established 1635). John received a Certificate in July 2011 and was awarded the LL.M. in January of 2013.

Master of Laws (Legum Magister) - Transnational Commercial Practice from Łazarski University of Warsaw, Poland.Lazarski Law Mr. Tollefsen was awarded the LL.M in April of 2013.

Master of Theology - 2008 - Christian Philosophy, Trinity Seminary, Newburg, Indiana

Diploma in Christian Apologetics and Fellow of the Academy - 2007 -International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism & Human Rights, Strasbourg, France. Dissertation: Defending the New Testament Text, An Evidential Apologetic Response to Textual Criticism

Master of Christian Leadership - 2000 - Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon

Professional Memberships

· Oregon Bar AssociationInternational Bar Association
· Washington Bar Association
· New York Bar Association
· International Bar Association
· Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
· American Bar Association, International Law, Litigation and Business Law Sections
· Institute for Internal Controls

Current Professional Activities

· Member of Arbitration Committee, Anti-Corruption Committee and Insolvency, Restructuring and Creditors' Rights Section of the International Bar Association
· Member of Securities Litigation Subcommittee, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association
· Member of International Litigation Committee of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association
· Member numerous committees of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association


John has been published by various sources and is a regular contributor to The Fraud Examiner, published by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. The Examiner was named the best newsletter by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in 2010.

Sample recent legal articles by John:

Understanding the Role of SIPC in Protecting Investors from Fraud (11/13)

The Importance of Being Earnest: An Environmental Whistleblower’s Guide to Protection Under SOx § 806 and Dodd-Frank (12/12).

How the UK Bribery Act can apply to US Businesses (9/12)

Fraudulent Transfers in Washington State (6/12)

Civil Actions under RICO 4/12)

Four Theories of Recovery for Misrepresentations Causing Pecuniary Harm (2/12)

Overview of U.S. Securities Laws (8/11)

Criminal Profiteering: Washington State's "Baby" RICO Act (2/11)

"General Solicitation" under Federal Securities Laws (8/10)

Overview of Qui Tam Law (6/10)

Legal Theories Used in Qui Tam Litigation (4/10)

Washington State Securities Law Exemptions for Issuers (2/09)

Negligent Misrepresentation (1/09)

John J. Tollefsen:

Telephone: 425-672-3300 extension 604

John attempts to respond without charge to all short email questions. Please do not send any confidential information unless you have formally established an attorney client relationship with our firm.


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