John Doroghazi


John Doroghazi
office New Haven
phone 203-498-4421
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John is a Partner in the Litigation Department. He focuses his practice on franchise, class action, and other commercial disputes. Although he relishes trial work, his first concern is cost-effectively securing the ideal business solution for his client.

He has served as lead litigator for one of the nation's leading franchisors and has successfully defended that client and others in a variety of high-stakes franchise-related litigation brought by current and former franchisees, vendors, and development agents. John's extensive trial and arbitration experience includes being part of a trial team that successfully defended a major franchisor in arbitrations related to a multimillion-dollar contract dispute; successfully obtaining dismissal of a RICO class action brought by a putative class of franchisees against the former owner of a franchise system; and defeating a motion for preliminary injunction brought on behalf of over a hundred franchisees.

John's other primary focus is defending insurance companies, hospitals, banks, franchisors, and financial service companies from both nationwide and state-specific consumer class actions. Among other things, John has served as lead counsel in a series of nationwide class actions brought against a franchisor for its marketing practices.

In 2016 and 2017, John was named by Chambers USA Franchise Law – Nationwide an "Up and Coming Practitioner," where he was praised by one client for "telling me what I need to hear and not what I want to hear." In 2017, he was named a "Rising Star" in Connecticut by Benchmark Litigation and was selected by the Franchise Times in 2018 as a "Legal Eagle." Benchmark Litigation again recognized John in it's 2018 "40 & Under Hot List."

John writes and speaks extensively on franchise and consumer class action issues, including co-authoring the Connecticut chapter of an upcoming edition of the Franchise Desk Book. He also has deep knowledge of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which imposes potentially staggering liability on companies who engage in relatively routine marketing. Drawing from his litigation 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 is the current Chair 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.

John received his J.D. magna cum laude from Washington University School of Law, where he was an articles editor at the Washington University Law Quarterly. After law school, he was a clerk to the Honorable Jean C. Hamilton, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri. John received his degree magna cum laude in English and history from Boston College.

He has represented clients on a number of pro bono matters, such as recovering security deposits for low-income renters, protecting Native American prisoners' religious rights, seeking damages for false arrest and wrongful prosecution, and returning children to parents in cross-border custody disputes.


  • 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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