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John is a partner in the Louisville office of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP. He practices in complex litigation, including antitrust, securities, financial institutions, insurance, intellectual property and product liability disputes. He has litigated in state and federal courts in many jurisdictions and in arbitration proceedings.

Career Highlights

Representative Cases and Achievements

  • Lead trial counsel representing KFC franchisee that defeated preliminary injunction motion in KFC Corporation v. JRN, Inc.  (W.D. Ky. 2012), which later settled
  • Lead trial counsel representing KFC National Council and Advertising Cooperative, which obtained trial judgment in its favor in KFC National Council and Advertising Cooperative, Inc. v. KFC Corporation (Del. Chan. 2011)
  • Represented parties in numerous litigation, arbitration and other matters involving the tobacco industry’s Master Settlement Agreement
  • Antitrust advice to clients relating to mergers and acquisitions and disputes regarding distribution, franchisor-franchisee relations and pricing
  • Lead trial counsel for a major sporting goods manufacturer in multi-district federal litigation involving antitrust and tortious inference claims in the context of rule-making by the National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • Represented parties in intellectual property litigation, including trademark, trade dress and publicity rights disputes
  • Represented parties in numerous product liability cases at trial level and on appeal
  • Represented Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson and Greater Louisville, Inc. as amicus curiae in Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education (U.S. 2007)
  • Represented U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell as amicus curiae in Martin v. Commonwealth (Ky. 2003)
  • Represented franchisee group that opposed plaintiff franchisee class and supported defendant franchisor in appeal that overturned a $390 million judgment against franchisor in Broussard v. Meineke Discount Muffler Shops, Inc. (4th Cir. 1998)
  • Represented prevailing defendants in securities actions and arbitrations, including Lampf, Pleva, Lipkin, Prupis & Petigrow v. Gilbertson (U.S. 1991), Plaut v. Spendthrift Farm, Inc. (U.S. 1995), Excel Energy, Inc. v. Commonwealth Institutional Securities, Inc. (Ky. 2001), and Mittman v. Rally’s Hamburgers, Inc. (W.D. Ky. 2003), and the Securities Industry Association as amicus curiae in Central Bank of Denver v. First Interstate Bank of Denver (U.S. 1994)
  • Represented parties successfully challenging constitutionality of punitive damage awards, including defendants in Life Insurance Co. of Georgia v. Johnson (Ala. 1996), and OXY USA, Inc. v. Continental Trend Resources, Inc. (U.S. 1996), and amici in BMW of North America, Inc., v. Gore (U.S. 1996)
  • Represented thrift investors successfully challenging government regulators' enforcement of FIRREA, including plaintiff in Far West Federal Bank, S.B. v. Office of Thrift Supervision Director (9th Cir. 1997), and amici in United States v. Winstar (U.S. 1996)
  • One of former President Reagan's attorneys during the Iran-contra investigation
  • One of the attorneys who represented former Los Angeles Police Sergeant Stacey Koon in his successful sentencing appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Rodney King case
  • Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Washington, D.C. (1990-1996)
  • Law Clerk to Hon. J. Smith Henley, Senior Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit (1989-90)


  • The Best Lawyers in America® Louisville Litigation - Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year", 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Louisville Appellate  "Lawyer of the Year", 2016
  • Named to Louisville Magazine “Top Lawyers” List in various areas including Antitrust & Trade Regulation Law and Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2010-2016
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2007-2017, in the fields of Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Antitrust; Litigation - Banking and Finance; Litigation - Intellectual Property  
  • Benchmark Litigation, Future Star; 2016, 2017
  • Recognized in the Kentucky Super Lawyers® lists, 2007-2017
  • AV® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell®, 2003-Present

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • President, Federalist Society, Louisville Lawyers Chapter
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Rules, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2012-2015

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • Vestry Member, St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church
  • Member, Jefferson County Executive Committee, Republican Party


Contributions & Published Works

  • "Gouverneur Morris," in America's Forgotten Founders, Gary L. Gregg & Mark David Hall, eds. 2012, available at
  • "'Sorry' Seems to be Neither the Hardest Nor the Last Word for Chinese Product Recalls," in Instant Awareness:  An Immediate Look at the Legal, Governmental, and Economic Ramifications of the Mattel Toy Recalls, Aspatore Books, 2007
  • "So You Have A Big Antitrust Problem: Now What?" in Antitrust Law Client Strategies, Aspatore Books 2007
  • Eight Ways to Sunday: Which Direction, Kentucky Supreme Court?” co-authored by Paul E. Salamanca, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, September 2006
  • “Litigation for Life: The U.S. Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in MedImmune, Inc. v. Genetech, Inc.,” TerraLex® Intellectual Property Newsletter, April 2006
  • "United States v. Dentsply International: Putting Teeth Into Exclusive-Dealing Claims?" Engage - The Journal of the Federalist Society's Practice Groups, October 2005
  • "Sixth Circuit Rejects Claims that Honeywell Has Illegal Tying Arrangement," Corporate Counsel News, Summer 1997
  • "A Better Approach to Civil Litigation Reform," The National Law Journal, May 26, 1997
  • "Two Recent High Court Cases List GVR Criteria," co-authored by Theodore B. Olson, The National Law Journal, July 29, 1996
  • "Amid Increased Public And Congressional Debate Over Punitive Damages, Supreme Court of the United States Agrees To Hear Another Punitive Damages Case," Century City Lawyer, May 1995
  • "The End of the Section 10(b) Aiding and Abetting Liability Fiction," Insights, June 1994
  • "Changing the Rules of the Game: The Battle Over FIRREA's Abrogation of Capital Forbearance Agreements," Banking Governance Law Reporter, August 1991
  • "A New Ball Game in a New Forum: Cease and Desist Proceedings and Civil Money Penalties in Administrative Proceedings under the Securities Enforcement Remedies Act and Penny Stock Reform Act of 1990," in The Securities Enforcement Remedies and Penny Stock Reform Act of 1990, Prentice Hall Law & Business, 1990




  • "Constitutional Conundrums: Historical Perspectives on the U.S. Constitution," The Filson Institute Public Conference - The People's Constitution: Our 18th Century Constitution in Modern Context, November 4, 2016
  • "Civil Litigation Resulting From the Erpenbeck Fraud: Mitchell v. Peoples Bank of Northern Kentucky," Office of Continuing Legal Education, University of Kentucky College of Law, 24th Annual Conference on Legal Issues for Financial Institutions, April 2004



Vanderbilt University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1986
Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1989

  • Arkansas, 1989
    District of Columbia, 1992
    Kentucky, 1996
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas, 1989
    U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2004
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2011
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1996
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 1996
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 1996
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Kentucky, 2013
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1998
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2004
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2004
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1993
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1997
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1991
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1996
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1989
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2002
    U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
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