John G. Kerkorian

Partner
Phoenix

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.

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

State Bar of Arizona

State Bar of California

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, commercial litigation, 2012-2022

AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Named to Southwest Super Lawyers, 2014-2019

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

Credentials 

Education

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

Stanford University (A.B. 1984)

Admissions

Arizona

California

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