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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Southern California - Gould School of Law, 1995, Top 15%; Moot Court Honors Program; Writing Instructor
    • B.S., magna cum laude, University of Southern California, 1989, Order of the Palm; Skull and Dagger; President of IFC; Sigma Nu National Man of the Year
  • Court Admissions
    • Supreme Court of California, 1995
    • Supreme Court of Tennessee, 2007
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1995
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2002
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2010
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 2007
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2008
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee, 2008
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1995
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2008
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2018
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2014
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2018
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2018
John Peterson thrives in an environment where he can work with clients to strategize legal approaches that will help them achieve their business objectives. When litigation is the right course of action to address complex disputes, he helps clients navigate through all stages of the litigation process, whether in federal or state courts, or any number of arbitration forums. John strives to gain a complete perspective of the client’s business by understanding the dispute’s potential impact on their current operations as well as the long-term operational and fiscal impact. As a result, clients utilize John’s skills to represent them in matters all over the country.

Whether a commercial dispute, a real estate matter, or corporate governance issue, John draws on his extensive experience to guide clients in a direction that helps them leverage opportunities to reach their business goals. He has extensive litigation experience in the following areas:
  • Commercial litigation 
  • Financial services
  • Real estate 
  • Insurance
  • Securities
John has appeared before numerous federal and state courts throughout the country, in addition to the arbitration forums of FINRA, NFA, AAA, and JAMS. John is also a certified Rule 31 mediator in the state of Tennessee.
  • Successfully defended breach of contract claim relating to client’s development of credit card processing services utilizing the internet for Microsoft and many other companies.  Alleged damages exceeded $1 billion and the case continued for almost thirteen years.  Successfully reduced the final award to $1.4 million in compensatory damages though Claimant’s attorney fees alone were almost 5 times that amount.
  • Represented primary lender in the construction of the Shutters’ Hotel in Santa Monica in seeking nearly $80 million.  Successfully recovered funds in numerous bankruptcy estates, established precedential decisions regarding stop notice claims and other lien law and successfully reached settlement with the primary title carrier the day before trial.  
  • Successfully defended national restaurant chain from representative action regarding the alleged violations of California gift card regulations involving expiration dates prior to the amendment of the statute.  
  • Successfully defeated multi-million dollar class certification motion through summary judgement. Plaintiffs sought to have certain fees charged by client deemed improper per the terms of various merchant processing agreements. 
  • Successfully defended against purported class action of Washington business owners for alleged violations of the Washington Automatic Dialing and Announcing Device Statute (“WADAD”), Washington’s Consumer Protection Act (“CPA”), and Washington’s Declaratory Judgment Act relating to calls made by third parties.
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal for no compensation for client from multi-million dollar matter pending in the Complex Division of the Los Angeles Superior Court involving allegations of fraud, negligence and breach of contract relating to point of sale systems.
  • Successfully recovered 90% of a $3 million note, despite bankruptcy filing by the underlying parties, guarantor’s challenge of the guaranty, and improper transfer of the guarantor’s assets.  Case settled after successfully obtaining a preliminary injunction preventing the transfer of assets to off shore trust and after obtaining a $1.1 million judgment against the husband of the deceased guarantor through supplemental proceedings procedures. 
  • Successfully prevented client from being named as party to a $600 million class action regarding alleged violations of Oregon state statutes prohibiting electronic surcharge fees involving the purchase of petroleum products. 
  • Successfully oversaw and negotiated the transfer and reorganization of more than $60 million worth of assisted living facilities located throughout the Southeast and successfully protected investors from $23 million judgment that had been obtained against the organizer of the facilities.
  • Successfully defended major University against allegations of an NFL franchise claiming interference with contractual relations over the hiring of a coach leading to settlement.   
  • Successfully defended purchaser of fitness magazine from multi-million dollar claim for unauthorized use of likeness claims.  Client dismissed without paying any consideration.
  • Represented client in a $500,000 breach of contract matter relating to third party cargo agreements that resulted in the filing of a stipulated judgment for the full amount claimed.
  • Successfully defended numerous NFA and FINRA arbitrations for online securities firm client with $0 awarded to any claimant.
  • Negotiated lowest fine issued by CFTC for online securities client that committed technical violation of minimum net capital requirements.
  • Defeated class action on summary judgment alleging that data processor had violated certain provisions of the Electronic Funds Transfer Act.