John G. Kerkorian

Los Angeles

John G. Kerkorian is a litigator who represents companies in commercial disputes, with a focus on restrictive covenant and trade secrets litigation. Amid battles for talent, he helps companies protect business information, relationships, and property and advises on issues related to unfair competition.

John plays a critical role in moving Ballard Spahr forward through his firm leadership roles. He is the firm’s Partner in Charge of Lateral Growth, a member of the Executive Team of the firm’s Management Committee, and the former Strategic Planning Partner and Managing Partner of the Phoenix office.

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.

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

State Bar of Arizona

State Bar of California

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation (Phoenix), 2012-2024

AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Speaking Engagements

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