John Doroghazi


John Doroghazi
office New Haven
phone 203-498-4421
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John Doroghazi is a partner in the firm's Litigation Department. His practice focuses on franchise, class action, and commercial litigation.

In his practice, John defends franchisors in all types of franchise-related litigation, and has obtained dismissals in a variety of cases brought against franchisors by current and former franchisees. John routinely handles all facets of franchise litigation, such as drafting and arguing dispositive motions, enforcing arbitration clauses on behalf of signatories and non-signatories, crafting case strategy, managing discovery, conducting and defending depositions, negotiating settlements, and participating in trials and arbitrations. John has both first and second chair arbitration and trial experience, including being part of a trial team that has defended a franchisor in arbitrations stemming from a multi-million dollar contract dispute.

Since 2016, John has been recognized in Chambers USA Franchise Law – Nationwide as an "Up and Coming Practitioner" where one client praised John because "he's very responsive, accurate and knowledgeable, and understands the legal issues but always considers the business context." John was also identified by Benchmark Litigation as a "Rising Star" and recently selected as a "Legal Eagle" by the Franchise Times. For more information about the selection standard used by Chambers, click here and for Benchmark Litigation, click here. John is the current president of the Connecticut Bar Association's Franchise and Dealership section and a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution committee of the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising. He is also the co-author of the Connecticut chapter of the upcoming edition of the Franchise Desk Book.

While John regularly handles general commercial litigation, his other primary focus is defending both nationwide and state specific consumer class actions for clients such as franchisors, insurance companies, hospitals, and financial service firms. John has published articles and been an invited speaker on the topic of defending franchisors against consumer class actions. He also has a deep knowledge of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which imposes potentially staggering liability on companies for relatively routine marketing conduct like sending a text message without the proper consent. These cases – which come with $500-1500 in statutory damages per improper fax, telephone call, or text message – require a careful and creative defense. Due to his substantial class action and consumer protection experience, John works with clients in a variety of industries to assess their marketing practices and develop practical changes that minimize forward looking risk.

John graduated magna cum laude from Boston College in 2003, where he received his bachelor's degree in English and History. He received his J.D. magna cum laude in 2006 from Washington University School of Law, where he was an Articles Editor on the Washington University Law Quarterly. After law school, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Jean C. Hamilton, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.


  • American Bar Association
    • Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee, Member
    • Forum on Franchising, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association
    • Franchise, Distributor & Dealer Section, President
  • Forum on Franchising
    • Litigation and Dispute Resolution Committee member
  • New Haven County Bar Association
    • Nuts & Bolts Committee Co-Chair


01.17.2017Consumer Review Fairness Act Prevents Companies From Stifling Negative Consumer Reviews
10.25.2016 Court Rules CFPB Unconstitutional and Finds CFPB Improperly Applied Mortgage Lending and Reinsurance Laws
05.16.2016CFPB Proposes Rule Banning Class Action Prohibitions
12.18.2015Supreme Court Shuts Down Consumer Class Action And Requires Individual Arbitration Of Claims
08.13.2015Second Circuit Clarifies that a Stay, Not Dismissal, Is the Appropriate Federal Arbitration Act Remedy
07.15.2014Ninth Circuit Holds Franchisor is Not Liable for Franchisee's Text Message Advertising
01.28.2014Supreme Court Limits Removal of State Attorney General Actions to Federal Court
12.17.2013Supreme Court Strengthens Forum Selection Clauses
09.25.2013The Third Circuit Court of Appeals Erects Significant New Barrier to Plaintiffs Seeking to Certify Consumer Classes
08.29.2013Recent Second Circuit Decision Determines that Insurance Agent was not a Franchisee Under Connecticut Franchise Act
05.15.2012Federal District Court Compels a Distributorship "Investor" to Arbitrate Claims

Published Works

06.12.2017What's Left to Litigate about Forum Selection Clauses? Atlantic Marine Turns FourFranchise Law Journal, Volume 36-4, Spring 2017
03.20.2017Cause of Action Alchemy: Little FTC Act Claims Based on Alleged Disclosure ViolationsFranchise Law Journal
03.03.2017Consumer Review Fairness Act Codified Consumers' Right to ComplainTerraLex Connections
02.07.2017Congress Protects Negative Online ReviewsCBIA
03.07.2016Cellphone User Protection Law Puts Businesses in PerilConnecticut Law Tribune
08.24.2015Enforcing Prelitigation Mediation Clauses in State CourtConnecticut Law Tribune
10.16.2014Consumer Class Actions Against Franchise SystemsABA 37th Annual Forum on Franchising
11.20.2013Second Circuit Vacates Class Certification, Telling District Court to Decide Summary Judgment FirstABA Commercial & Business Litigation website
09.30.2013Basic Strategic Considerations in Defending Consumer Class Actions Against FranchisorsFranchise Law Journal, Vol. 33, No. 22, Fall 2013
06.15.2012Using Good Judgment to Select Your JudgeConnecticut Law Tribune, Vol. 38, No. 25
01.01.2012Class Certification of Consumer Protection Claims against FranchisorsDistribution - The Newsletter of the Distribution and Franchising Committee, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association, Vol. 16, No. 1
05.15.2005Gillett-Netting v. Barnhart and Unanswered Questions About Social Security Benefits for Posthumously Conceived Children 83 Wash U. L.Q. 1597 (2005)

office New Haven
phone 203-498-4421
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  • Washington University School of Law, J.D., 2006, magna cum laude
  • Boston College, B.A., 2003, magna cum laude


  • Connecticut


  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US District Court (District of Connecticut)
  • US District Court (Eastern District of Michigan)
  • US District Court (Eastern District of Missouri)
  • US District Court (Eastern District of New York)
  • US District Court (Northern District of Indiana)
  • US District Court (Southern District of New York)

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