John M. Graham
Securities Regulation and Reporting
Complex Commercial Litigation
Attorney John Graham represents clients in business transactions and litigation, with an emphasis on advising entrepreneurs and early-stage technology companies.
In his business transactions practice John assists founders and companies in matters including choice of entity, allocation of shares, venture capital financing, private placements of securities, equity incentive plans, licensing, securities regulation, software escrow, technology and copyright issues, and contracts. He also represents venture capitalists and others in investment transactions. In representing business clients, John offers a holistic approach by helping clients identify their key objectives and business plan goals so that legal matters can be approached with these objectives and goals in mind. John also represents clients in complex litigation cases.
John brings a unique perspective to client matters. Prior to joining the firm, John served as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Seattle-based cyber security company Vínsula, Inc., he was the founder and director of Digital Resolutions, a web development company, for 10 years, and worked in business law and complex commercial litigation at Tollefsen Law PLLC. He also has been a professional classical musician, and holds a Master’s degree from The Julliard School.
John speaks, reads, and writes Chinese (Mandarin). While studying at Michigan, he was awarded scholarships from the governments of the U.S. and Taiwan for study at National Taiwan University in Taipei. He is also an alumnus of the National Bureau of Asian Research’s Next Generation of Leadership in Asian Affairs fellowship program, where he won the Jane T. Russell award for leadership and service.
J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2010
M.A. (Asian Studies: China), University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies, 2006
Master of Music, Trombone Performance, The Juilliard School, 1998
Bachelor of Music, Trombone Performance; Minor, Mandarin Chinese, The Cleveland Institute of Music, 1996
Washington State Bar
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Professional & Civic Involvement:
Washington State Bar Association
Publications & Seminars:
- Contributor: “The Report of the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property,” May 22, 2013, The National Bureau of Asian Research, Seattle.
- “U.S. Employment Law for the Chinese Investor,” presentation in Mandarin at conference hosted by the National League of Cities, U.S. Treasury, and U.S. Commerce Department, April 20, 2011, Seattle.
- Contributor: “The ‘Unique’ Challenges Faced by Project Sponsors in Monetizing Offsets”, Energy and Environmental Project Finance Law and Taxation (ch. 8), August 2010, Oxford Publishing.
- “The Measure of a Nation: Quantifying Innovative Strength Through Improved Service Sector Metrics,” NBR Special Report No. 11, February 2007, The National Bureau of Asian Research, Seattle.
- “China’s Evolving Standards System: Institutions and Strategy,” with Zhao Chaoyi. Asia Policy No. 2, July 2006, National Bureau of Asian Research, Seattle.
- “A Quiet Revolution from Below: Effecting Peaceful Change in North Korea” Presentation at the Columbia University Graduate Conference on East Asian Studies, February 2005. Presentation at the University of Toronto East Asia Conference, March 2005.
John is an avid cyclist, a founder of Alki Velo Club, and often competes in Cyclocross, which consists of high speed laps around a short course that combines pavement, wooded trails, mud, and obstacles requiring riders to dismount.