John Kerkorian
John Kerkorian

John G. Kerkorian

Tel 602.798.5408
Fax 602.798.5595

John G. Kerkorian has wide-ranging civil litigation experience, with emphasis on disputes involving contract breaches, business torts, commercial acquisitions and investments, real estate and mortgages, partnership matters, trade secret misappropriation, and business terminations. In addition, Mr. Kerkorian regularly handles employment-related disputes involving restrictive covenants, harassment, and discrimination.

Mr. Kerkorian previously served as General Counsel for ServiceWare Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SVCW).

Mr. Kerkorian is a member of Ballard Spahr's Elected Board.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of national banking institutions, lenders, and servicers in mortgage-related claims in state and federal court 
  • Defense of consumer financial services companies in a variety of cases involving claims under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and state and tribal consumer protection statutes
  • Defense of a putative nationwide class action for a large insurance company alleging systematic breach of homeowners' insurance contracts 
  • Defense of a technology company against claims by the founder and former president alleging business torts, breach of fiduciary duty, and successor liability

Pro Bono Experience

Former General Counsel to Arizona Sports Council, Inc., operator of the Grand Canyon State Games

Professional Activities

American Bar Association
State Bar of Arizona
State Bar of California

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, commercial litigation, 2012-2015

AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Named to Southwest Super Lawyers, 2014

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "Staying in Bounds: Understanding Today's Legal Landscape in Sports," Ballard Spahr webinar, November 5, 2013

Panelist, "Data Collection Guidelines for Corporate Wellness Programs," Arizona Society of Human Resources Management, October 2007

Lecturer, "Mediation Skills and Strategies," Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, October 2008

Community Activities

Mr. Kerkorian serves on the Finance Council of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Phoenix.

Board Memberships

Arizona Science Center, Trustee
Fresno County Bar Association, past board member

Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (J.D. 1988)

Stanford University (A.B. 1984)



U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit