L. John Stevenson, Jr.
John Stevenson is a partner of the firm representing public and private companies in a range of different transactions and in many different industries. He has 32 years of experience in advising businesses on a variety of public and private financings and advising public companies on their reporting and other obligations under the securities laws. His practice also includes advising clients on business combinations and technology transactions.
- Corporate and securities counsel to Cray Inc., a public company that manufactures supercomputers, advising the company on federal securities law compliance, corporate matters and financings, including public offerings of common stock, a Rule 144A placement of convertible notes, a private placement of preferred stock, PIPE (private investment public equity) transactions, and a tender offer for stock options.
- Counsel to Dendreon Corporation, a publicly traded biotechnology company, in its acquisition of Corvas International in 2003, and in a public offering of common stock in 2004.
- Corporate and securities counsel to Pacific Aerospace & Electronics, Inc., a publicly traded manufacturer of aircraft parts and electronic components, representing the company from 1996 to 2001 on a range of transactions, including a public offering of common stock and warrants, a private placement of convertible preferred stock, a Rule 144A placement of senior subordinated notes, an exchange of those notes for registered notes, and the acquisition of other companies.
- Counsel to Mallinckrodt Inc., then a public company in the pharmaceutical and health industry, in the $405 million sale of its worldwide veterinary health subsidiaries to Schering Plough Corporation.
- Counsel to a Seattle biotechnology company representing the corporation in its formation, several rounds of financing, several technology transactions, and in the sale of the company in exchange for stock of a publicly traded company in the United Kingdom.
- Counsel to a local software company in its sale to a public company in 1999, and counsel to the founder of the software company in repurchasing control of the company in 2001 and structuring related technology transfer, license and supply agreements.
Professional Honors & Activities
- Named by Washington Law & Politics® as one of Washington's best lawyers, 2000, 2003, 2005
- Co-Chair, Northwest Securities Law Institute, Seattle, 2004
- Named by Seattle magazine as one of Seattle's Best Lawyers, 2001
- Member, Research Committee, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
- Member, Business Law Sections, Washington State Bar Association
- Member, Business Law Sections, American Bar Association
- Member, Securities Committee, Washington State Bar Association
- Past member, Committee on Legal Opinions, Washington State Bar Association
- Past member, Committee on Nonprofit Corporation Act Revision, Washington State Bar Association
- Director, 1989-1992, secretary, 1990-1992, and chair, Communications Committee, 1989-1991, Washington State Biotechnology and Biomedical Association
- "Antitrust Laws," Chapter 19 of Doing Business in Washington State - A Guide for Foreign Business and Investment (5th Ed.), Washington State Bar Association, 2010
- "Restrictions and Controls Relating to the Issuance and Transfer of Securities in Closely-Held Businesses," Washington State Bar Association, 1988
- "Article 8 - Investment Securities," Washington Commercial Law Deskbook, Washington State Bar Association, 1982, 1987, 1995
- Harvard Law School, J.D., 1978, magna cum laude
- University of Washington, B.A., 1974, summa cum laude
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