While John Blanchard has litigated a wide variety of complex commercial matters, he has extensive experience in privacy and data security matters, employment litigation and counseling, and education law. John regularly handles emergency relief matters, including provisional remedy and preliminary injunction matters and cases involving trade-secret misappropriation and the enforceability of non-competition restrictions. John also represents charter schools, community colleges, and universities on a variety of counseling and litigation matters.
Before joining Osborn Maledon, John was a judicial clerk for the Honorable William C. Canby, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. John graduated Order of the Coif and fourth in his class from Arizona State University College of Law in 1998. Upon graduation, John received the prestigious John S. Armstrong Law Prize, an award selected by the faculty for the most outstanding law graduate. During law school, John served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Arizona State Law Journal. John earned his Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing in 1992 from the University of Arizona.
John balances a busy law practice with spending time with his family-- his wife, Kristin, and his two young children. John also enjoys hiking, traveling, scuba diving, and skiing, among other interests.
Representative successes include:
- Obtained jury defense verdicts in Maricopa County Superior Court in contract dispute.
- Prevailed as plaintiff in a commercial arbitration in breach of contract dispute, recovering damages and attorneys’ fees for client.
- Obtained provisional remedy seizure of stolen aerospace parts and later converted attachment remedy into large money judgment and permanent return of parts.
- Obtained Summary Judgment, affirmed by the Ninth Circuit, in litigation brought by former employee to void his non-competition restrictions.
- Obtained Summary Judgment, affirmed by Arizona Court of Appeals, in litigation to void client’s non-competition restriction so that he could work unrestricted for competitor.
- Defeated preliminary injunction application brought by competitor to enforce overly broad restrictive covenants.
- Secured significant settlement on behalf of Internet marketing company, after former employees deceitfully obtained proprietary information.
- Secured favorable settlement, including injunctive relief, on behalf of corporate client after employee stole confidential information and began competing during his employment.
- Successfully froze and later seized millions of dollars in stolen funds for corporate client.
- Routinely sue to enforce employee non-competition and non-solicitation agreements to protect trade secrets, customer relationships, and employee relationships.
- Routinely defend clients who are being sued by competitors for hiring employees subject to non-competition or customer non-solicitation restrictions.