John Porter has substantial trial, appellate and arbitration experience, representing companies and individuals in joint venture, commercial, intellectual property, financial services, general business, and technology-related disputes. For more than 28 years, Mr. Porter practiced with Paul Hastings LLP, and from 2008 through 2011 he resided in Shanghai and Tokyo where he led the litigation and disputes practice of Paul Hastings LLP in China and Japan.
Representative matters include:
- Lead counsel for Japanese company in an LCIA arbitration in London involving a shareholders' agreement dispute. After a five day hearing, Mr. Porter obtained for his client all the relief it had requested. The tribunal made an eight figure award in favor of Mr. Porter’s client.
- Defense of two Taiwanese companies in a patent infringement action in the Western District of Wisconsin. After a two-week trial, no damages were awarded against one defendant and the jury awarded substantially less than the amount sought by the plaintiff against the other defendant.
- Lead counsel over approximately 12 years for a Japanese bank in several lender liability cases pending in California, Hawaii and Guam relating to the financing of hotel and resort properties in various locations around the world. In one of the actions, Mr. Porter was lead trial and appellate counsel for an agency of the Japanese government as well. See EIE Guam Corp. v. The Long Term Credit Bank of Japan, Limited, 322 F.3d 635 (9th Cir. 2003).
- A three-week AAA arbitration of a trademark infringement and licensing dispute. Mr. Porter obtained a favorable award from the Tribunal, including an award of attorney’s fees.
- Representation of a Chinese manufacturer in an ad hoc arbitration in Hong Kong against a German customer. The Tribunal issued an award completely in favor of Mr. Porter’s client.
- Defense of a Japanese company in a six week jury trial involving claims for misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract relating to sophisticated video cameras used in dental applications. The jury returned a complete defense verdict in favor of the Japanese company.
- Defense of major accounting firm in a four week jury trial asserting malpractice claims. The jury returned a verdict awarding less than 5% of the damages requested in the plaintiffs’ opening statement.
Mr. Porter has published numerous articles and has been a frequent speaker on various legal issues.
Mr. Porter received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1980 from Stanford University and his J.D. in 1983 from Stanford Law School. He received Stanford University’s F.E. Terman Engineering Scholastic Achievement Award. At Stanford Law School, Mr. Porter received the Hilmer Oehlmann, Jr. Award for Legal Writing. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Procter Hug, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Chief Justice Ronald M. George of the California Supreme Court appointed Mr. Porter to the California Judicial Council’s Advisory Committee on Civil Jury Instructions for a three-year term ending October 31, 2010, and reappointed Mr. Porter to another three-year term ending October 31, 2013.
Mr. Porter's email address is: [email protected].