John is a Partner in the Litigation Department. He focuses his practice on franchise, class action, and other commercial disputes. Although he relishes trial work, his first concern is cost-effectively securing the ideal business solution for his client.
He has served as lead litigator for one of the nation’s leading franchisors and has successfully defended that client and others in a variety of high-stakes franchise-related litigation brought by current and former franchisees, consumers, vendors, and development agents. John’s extensive trial and arbitration experience includes being part of a trial team that successfully defended a major franchisor in arbitrations related to a multimillion-dollar contract dispute; successfully obtaining dismissal of a RICO class action brought by a putative class of franchisees against the former owner of a franchise system; and defeating a motion for preliminary injunction brought on behalf of over a hundred franchisees.
John serves on the board of New Haven Legal Aid and has represented clients on a number of pro bono matters, such as recovering security deposits for low-income renters, protecting Native American prisoners’ religious rights, seeking damages for false arrest and wrongful prosecution, and returning children to parents in cross-border custody disputes.