John Jett focuses his practice on commercial and intellectual property litigation. He represents individuals and companies, as both plaintiffs and defendants, in disputes before state and federal courts as well as in arbitration. John primarily represents intellectual property owners operating in the retail, franchising, technology, and entertainment industries. Representative clients include AT&T, Aaron’s, Fidelity Information Systems, Global Cellular, Morehouse University, NewPoint Media, the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr., Gladys Knight, and ThinkFactory Productions. While representing plaintiffs, he has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of deserving businesses and individuals. While representing defendants, he has defeated numerous major claims, often through dismissals or summary judgments.
John has served as first chair at trial, arbitration, and on appeal. Many of his cases have presented complicated contractual issues, including disputes about license agreements, restrictive covenants, and leases. He is likewise experienced in litigating statutory claims, including suits arising from the theft of trade secrets, false advertising, unfair trade practices, as well as laws designed to protect consumers, such as the TCPA, FDCPA, and FCRA. John has successfully represented defendants in more than a dozen class actions throughout the United States.
John has devoted many hundreds of hours to the firm's pro bono efforts. He has represented charitable organizations (e.g., the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, the Atlanta History Center, and Compassion House) and persons of low income in proceedings across Georgia in matters ranging from federal civil rights to DUI defense.
John is also involved in the bar and the community. He is the 2019-2020 President of the Atlanta Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, past co-chair of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Georgia's Younger Lawyers Division, and a graduate of the Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Program.
Clients have described John as an “effective, ethical, and highly professional civil litigator” with “excellent legal and professional judgment,” and an “outstanding advocate” who “cares deeply about his clients.” In 2020, clients named John as a "BTI Client Service All-Star" in recognition of his client service excellence. John has been selected by his peers to act as a private mediator, and he has also served as a court-appointed special master in both federal and state court. John was honored for making significant career achievements and demonstrating social responsibility in 2019 with Atlanta Business Chronicle's “40 Under Forty” Award. He was recognized in 2021 by The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation. In 2015, the Fulton County Daily Report named John as an attorney “On the Rise.” As a notable up-and-coming litigation attorney in the U.S., John was named to Benchmark Litigation’s "40 & Under Hot List" in 2018. He was recognized as a Georgia “Rising Star” in 2020 and the seven years immediately preceding by Super Lawyers magazine. John was recognized as a 2016 "Legal Elite" by Georgia Trend for Business Law. He was named the exclusive winner of the 2017 Client Choice Award for the state of Georgia in the area of Litigation and is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*
*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.
Defended numerous suits – including more than a dozen class actions – brought under the TCPA, FCRA, FDCPA, and various unfair and deceptive trade practices laws.
Represented a national telecommunications company in a putative nationwide class action alleging improper "cramming" of services. Class certification was defeated.
Represented numerous national franchisors in disputes with vendors, franchisees, landlords, and manufacturers.
Represented community bank in ERISA class action.
Represented Fortune 10 company in pre-suit negotiation to enforce licensing rights.
Represented licensor in licensing dispute regarding international manufacturing agreement.
Represented trade secrets owner in dispute with competitor.
Represented telecommunications company in litigation with landlord and major utility.
Represented franchisor in AAA arbitration in which franchisor recovered its damages and attorneys’ fees and paid nothing on the franchisee’s counterclaim.
Represented multi-unit tenant in multi-jurisdictional litigation with mall developer.
Represented a real estate development firm in action arising from a dispute with a law firm in San Diego.
Represented major companies, including regional banks and Fortune 100 corporations, in quashing, modifying, and responding to often onerous requests for sensitive information.
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University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. (2008) cum laude
Stanford University, B.A. (2005) with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa
Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Atlanta International Arbitration Society (AtlAS), Member (2018-Present)
Georgia Innovates Task Force, Partnership for Inclusive Innovation, Member (2020)
University of Georgia School of Law, Law School Alumni Association Council, Member (2015-2017)
Executive Board of the Atlanta Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, President-Elect (2018-2019), President (2019-Present), Secretary (2017), Treasurer (2016-2017), Membership Chair (2013-2014), Young Lawyers Chair (2011-2013)
Executive Council of the State Bar of Georgia's Younger Lawyers Division, Member (2010-2014), Litigation Section Co-Chair (2013-2014); Service to the Bar Award (2014)
Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Pro Bono General Counsel (2013-2015)
Anti-Defamation League, Glass Leadership Program, Participant (2013-2014)
Stanford Alumni Club of Atlanta, Member (2008-Present)
Executive Board of the Atlanta Chapter of The Federalist Society, Vice-President (2014-2016), Membership Chair (2010-2013)
Lumpkin Inn of Court, Barrister (2011-2013); Pupil (2007-2008)
Lamar Inn of Court, Barrister (2011-2013)
Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Member (2012-2015)
Atlanta Bar Association, Member (2013-Present)
North Fulton Bar Association, Member (2014-2015)
Executive Board of the National Chapter of the Federal Bar Association's Younger Lawyers Division, Member for the Eleventh Circuit (2012-2013)
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