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Attorneys

John L. Mericle

Counsel to the Firm | Seattle | 206.223.7073 | mericlej@lanepowell.com

Areas of Practice

John has more than 41 years of experience counseling clients with regard to securities regulation. He has served as an expert witness and testified with regard to matters of U.S. securities law before the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the British Columbia Securities Commission, as well as in actions filed with federal and Washington state courts in the United States. John also regularly speaks at securities law seminars in the U.S. and Canada.

Professional Experience

  • Harris, Mericle & Wakayama, PLLC (formerly Harris & Mericle)
    • Member (1981-1987; 1996-2016)
    • Co-founder
  • Seattle University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Securities Regulation (1992-2000; 2007-2008)
  • Garvey Schubert Barer
    • Of Counsel (1991-1996)
    • Shareholder (1988-1991)
  • ENI Exploration Company, Securities Counsel (1978-1980)
  • Foreman, Dyess, Prewitt, Rosenberg & Henderson, Associate Attorney (1975-1978)

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington

Academics

  • University of Texas at Austin School of Law (J.D., 1974)
    • Legal Research Board, Member
    • Phi Delta Phi
  • The University of Texas at Austin (B.A., with honors, Government, 1972)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Business
  • Canada Practice
  • Corporate Finance and Securities
  • International Business
  • Investigations and Regulatory Compliance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Securities Regulation

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • “Developments in Transactional Practice: Important New and Proposed Regulations,” Northwest Securities Institute, Moderator (April 30, 2016)
  • “A Summary of the JOBS Act,” The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (January 2013)
  • “Crowd Funding and the JOBS Act,” Northwest Securities Institute (February 2012)
  • “That (Occasionally) Cross Border: Some Common Questions and Conundrums,” Northwest Securities Institute (February 2007)
  • “Anatomy of a U.S. Cross-Border Deal,” The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (March 2006)
  • “U.S. Exempt Offerings,” Northwest Securities Institute (February 2003)
  • “Selected Topics Under U.S. Securities Law,” The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia Securities (March 2002)
  • “The Basics of U.S. Securities Law,” British Columbia Securities Commission Seminar (January 2000)
  • “Cross-Border Private Placements: Comparison of Canadian and U.S. Laws,” Northwest Securities Institute (February 1999)
  • “Commonly Used Securities Registration Exemptions Under U.S. Federal Securities Laws,” Vancouver Stock Exchange Seminar (February 1999)
  • “U.S. Companies and Canadian Public Offerings: The U.S. Securities Laws Still Apply,” Vancouver Stock Exchange Publication (1998)
  • “Listing on NASDAQ,” The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (January 1998)
  • “The Revolution of 1995: Major Changes in U.S. Securities Regulation,” Vancouver Insights Conference (October 1995)
  • “U.S. Securities Law: Selected Cross-Border Issues,” Simon Fraser University Faculty of Business Administration’s “The Broker’s Practice” Seminar (November 1994)
  • “The Multi-Jurisdictional Disclosure System and Other Cross-Border Issues,” Vancouver Insights Conference (November 1994)
  • “Regulation S: An Overview and Selected Problems,” Northwest Securities Institute (February 1994)
  • “Cross-Border Securities Offerings,” Northwest Securities Institute (February 1993)
  • “Recent Judicial Developments Regarding the Role of Attorneys Under the Federal Securities Laws,” Northwest Securities Institute (February 1992)
  • “U.S. Securities Law: An Overview,” Simon Fraser University Faculty of Business Administration’s “Organizing and Managing a Public Company” Seminar (March 1991)
  • “U.S. Securities Law: An Overview,” Simon Fraser University Faculty of Business Administration’s “The Broker’s Practice” Seminar (April 1990)
  • “U.S. Securities Law,” The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (December 1989)
  • “Amendments to the Washington Securities Act,” Washington State Bar Association’s Corporation, Business & Banking Section Midyear Meeting (April 1989)
  • “State Legislation Banning Arbitration Clauses,” Northwest Securities Institute (February 1989)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
      • Securities Law Committee (1993-Present)
    • Special District Counsel, Disciplinary Board (1990-Present)
    • International Practice Section
  • Washington State Securities Division Advisory Committee
    • Chair (2006)
    • Member (1998-2006)
  • Member, American Bar Association, State Regulation of Securities Committee (1981-Present)
    • Liaison to the Washington State Securities Division (1986-Present)
    • Liaison, North American Securities Administrators Association, Cross-Border Trading Committee (1997-1998)
  • Planning Committee Member, Northwest Securities Institute (February 1996; April 2016)
  • Member, American Arbitration Association, Securities Panel
  • Board Member, Port Townsend Public Library Foundation (2011-Present)

John L. Mericle

Counsel to the Firm | Seattle | 206.223.7073 | mericlej@lanepowell.com

Date
03.28.2016

John L. Mericle

Counsel to the Firm | Seattle | 206.223.7073 | mericlej@lanepowell.com

Date
04.30.2016