John J. Tollefsen
International Business 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. –
International Transactional practice
For the first 20 years after 1974, John concentrated on business and 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.
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. Now with two international LLM degrees he focuses more on international disputes and transactions.
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John J. Tollefsen is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is rated “10” by Avvo.com. 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 was awarded 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 Avvo.com in 2012 for 8 client 5 star ratings.
Licenses and Certifications
Attorney at Law, State of California Attorney at Law, State of Oregon Attorney at Law, State of New York Attorney at Law, State of Texas Attorney at Law, State of Washington Certified Fraud Examiner Certified Controls Specialist
State Court Admissions
Federal Court Admissions
Central District of California 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
Certified Fraud Examiner – 2005
Master of Laws (Legum Magister) – U.S. and Global Business Law from Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts. The 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.
Bachelor of Arts – 1971 – Business Administration (quantitative methods, economics, and business finance), University of Washington 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
Oregon 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, and other committees of the American Bar Association
Selected Publications and Presentations
John has been published by various sources over the years. He 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:
Binding and Non-Binding Instruments in Intergovernmental Relations: A diplomat’s guide to understand the concepts of treaty, memorandum of understanding, … More
Civil Actions under RICO (4/12)
Overview of Qui Tam Law (6/10)
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Curriculum Vitae – JJT-CV
Regulatory penalties can be devastating for a company, yet many companies, especially small companies, fail to plan for or devote resources to regulatory compliance. These companies can be confused and incredulous when they become the focus of investigations or sanctions and may delay responding until their very existence is at stake. Proper counsel can help companies understand regulators’ focus which helps them to prepare for and address compliance issues in a timely manner.
Under the CPA an out-of-state plaintiff may bring a claim.against a Washington corporate defendant for allegedly deceptive acts. Similarly, an out:of-state plaintiff may bring a CPA claim against an out-of-state defendant for the allegedly deceptive acts of its in-state agent.
What do you do when a seller fails to reconvey the title to property following payment of the loan, then dies? Failure to reconvey puts a cloud on the title that must be quieted. Quiet title actions can be drawn out and expensive. Is there a way to obtain a quiet title without the quiet title action? This article explores four possible tools for obtaining a quiet title outside a traditional quiet title action.