John A. Schwimmer - Sussman Shank LLP

John A. Schwimmer

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

John has more than 31 years of experience.  Prior to joining Sussman Shank, he worked for more than 20 years at Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan LLP in Los Angeles, California, where he was a partner for nearly 15 years.  John's practice focuses on complex business litigation in both state and federal courts across a wide spectrum of legal issues and industries, including the following:
  • Intra-Corporate and Intra-Partner Disputes
  • Class and Derivative Actions
  • Commercial
  • Franchise
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Sports/Entertainment
  • Trade Secrets

John's cases include representation of such clients as Realogy Corp.; Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC; Century 21 Real Estate LLC; Citizens of Humanity; Public Storage, Inc.; Brighton Collectibles, Inc.; Ticketmaster; Pearl Bakery; DIRECTV; SunAmerica; Broadcom; Apple; Steven Spielberg/ Dreamworks; the founders of Guess jeans; Olivia Newton-John; and Beverly Hills Sports Council.

John is AV®, peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is admitted to practice law in Oregon and Washington and California.


Brown UniversityAB University of California BerkeleyJ.D.

Case History

Franchise Arbitration
Represented Canadian franchisor of "Booster Juice" fruit smoothie shops in the defense of multiple U.S. arbitrations, including two complex arbitrations that both required several weeks of hearings. After the hearings, the franchisor was fully vindicated against all claims and obtained awards of attorneys fees.
Commercial Litigation
Represented premium jean maker Citizens of Humanity in a successful two week trial, obtaining a jury verdict of more than $11.3 million against Japanese distributors for breach of contract, trademark infringement, and fraud.
Class Action
Represented subsidiaries and affiliates of Realogy Corp. including Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, ERA Franchise Systems, LLC and Century 21 Real Estate, LLC in numerous actions, including defense of consumer class actions alleging unfair business practices and violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).
Corporate Divorce
Represented the Marciano brothers, the founders of Guess?, Inc., in worldwide litigation against the owners of Jordache jeans. This representation included two jury trials totaling seven months, as well as ancillary litigation in numerous jurisdictions, including California (state and federal), New York, Delaware, and Hong Kong.
Insurance Bad Faith
Represented an individual in prosecuting a claim for insurance bad faith against Fireman's Fund involving a Roy Lichtenstein painting damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, culminating with a two month jury trial and jury verdict in favor of our client for $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.

Office Location

1000 Southwest Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, OR 97205
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Intellectual Property

Other Information

Gender: Male