John G. Kerkorian

Tel 602.798.5408
Fax 602.798.5595

John G. Kerkorian is Managing Partner of the Phoenix office. He 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, John regularly handles employment-related disputes involving restrictive covenants, harassment, and discrimination.

John is also a member of the Privacy and Data Security Group, providing assistance with investigations and litigation, as well as pre-litigation planning, E-Discovery, and contract analysis.

John is a member of Ballard Spahr's Elected Board.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

State Bar of Arizona

State Bar of California

Community Activities

Greater Phoenix Leadership

Board Memberships

Arizona Science Center, Trustee 

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, commercial litigation, 2012-2018

AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Named to Southwest Super Lawyers, 2014-2017


Co-author, "Arizona Strengthens and Expands Data Breach Notification Law," Ballard Spahr alert, April 17, 2018

Co-author, "What Arizona Companies Need to Know About Arizona Cybersecurity Law," Ballard Spahr alert, March 21, 2018

Speaking Engagements

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

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

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