John G. Kerkorian plays a critical role in moving Ballard Spahr forward through his firm leadership roles. Additionally, employers rely on his legal counsel as they protect themselves from unfair competition.
He is the firm’s Strategic Planning Partner, a member of the Executive Team of the firm’s Management Committee, and the former Managing Partner of the Phoenix office.
As a litigation attorney, John focuses on representing companies in employment-related disputes, with a focus on enforcing restrictive covenants and protecting trade secrets. Amid battles for talent, he helps companies keep business information, relationships, and property away from competitors.
John’s wide-ranging civil litigation experience also spans business torts, commercial acquisitions and investments, real estate and mortgages, partnership matters, business terminations, various types of contract breaches, harassment, and discrimination.
State Bar of Arizona
State Bar of California
Recognition & Accomplishments
The Best Lawyers in America, commercial litigation, 2012-2023
AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Speaker, "State of the Mid-Market," CEO Connection Mid-Market Convention, Philadelphia, September 24, 2019
Speaker, "Kick Off: Hot Topics in Higher Education Webinar Series," Ballard Spahr webinar, December 9, 2015
Presenter, "Lessons Learned from Target and Anthem Data Breaches: Current Trends in Data Privacy Litigation and FTC Enforcement," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 23, 2015
Board Memberships & Community Service
Greater Phoenix Leadership
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