John G. Stretton

Shareholder Stamford

John Stretton is a Shareholder in the Stamford office of Ogletree Deakins with nearly twenty years of experience. Clients view John as a resourceful counselor and aggressive litigator who never loses sight of a client's business objectives and need to establish value. In addition to providing proactive counseling and advice, John is frequently sought out to represent clients in discrimination, noncompete, confidentiality, wrongful termination, wage and overtime, breach of contract, unfair trade practices, intellectual property and complex litigation matters in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. John also has extensive experience drafting and negotiating executive employment agreements and agreements concerning data use, privacy and security. John regularly counsels clients on the enforceability of restrictive covenants (non-solicitation, non-competition and confidentiality clauses), in addition to litigating restrictive covenant cases. John was named a New England Super Lawyer and a Connecticut Super Lawyer in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and was recognized in the area of Employment & Labor. From 2010 through 2012, John was named a Connecticut Rising Star and was recognized in the area of Employment & Labor. John was also selected by the American Institute of Legal Counsel for its 10 Best - Labor and Employment List in 2016. Additionally, based on feedback from both in-house and outside counsel, Chambers USA identified John as a “Leading Lawyer” in 2017 and proclaimed that John wins praise for his "fantastic quality of work and turnaround time" and his ability to "apply a business acumen to the legal knowledge he has."


  • Lead counsel in numerous federal and state court cases involving discrimination and wrongful termination claims.
  • Lead counsel in numerous federal and state court cases involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants and the protection of trade secrets.
  • After successfully obtaining a denial of a request for a temporary restraining order, negotiated a dismissal with prejudice of a restrictive covenant case involving claims of misappropriation and non-compete and non-solicit clause violations between two direct competitors.
  • Successfully argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm summary judgment in favor of employer in a case involving claims of age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation.
  • Successfully sought and obtained the dismissal of all claims advanced by a former employee, including wrongful discharge, defamation, false imprisonment, interference with custodial rights, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, negligent supervision and retention, tortuous interference with business expectancies and violation of the Connecticut Due Process Clause in an action pending in the Connecticut Superior Court.
  • Successfully argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm summary judgment in favor of client sued by a former employee hired in connection with a business acquisition and claiming unjust enrichment and violations of Connecticut's wage statute.
  • Obtained, as a sanction for the plaintiff's failure to appear at his deposition, dismissal of a Title VII discrimination claim pending before the United States District Court, District of Connecticut.
  • Obtained the dismissal of an action seeking a declaratory judgment and alleging federal antitrust violations and unfair business practices commenced in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
  • Obtained a defense verdict after trial in a case pending in the Connecticut superior court wherein claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and unjust enrichment were advanced in connection with the sale of the Joe Boxer brand.
  • Successfully defended a pharmaceutical excipient manufacturer at trial in a patent infringement suit in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.
  • Obtained the dismissal of a multi-million dollar claim alleging fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, legal malpractice, fraudulent concealment and negligence commenced in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
  • Successfully defended numerous discrimination claims before the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Executive Committee of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Recent Developments in the Tristate Area'' - New York City - March 09, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Responding to Multi-Agency Investigations - A Strategy for Success'' - San Diego - May 05, 2017
  • Annual Advanced Employment Law Symposium - ''The ADA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensation: Leave Issues in Employment'' - Orange - March 16, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Recent Developments in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut Employment Laws'' - New York - March 10, 2017
  • Westchester/Southern Connecticut Chapter of ACC (WESFACCA) - ''Wage and Hour Issues for 2016'' - Darien - November 19, 2015
  • NAM/New York Law Journal CLE - ''Employment ADR: Recent Trends and Practical Tips When Dealing with Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets'' - New York City - September 24, 2015
  • Connecticut Law Tribune/ALM CLE - ''In-House Counsel CLE Seminar - Unfair Competition and Trade Secret Law'' - Stamford - September 10, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''What Can Go Wrong Often Will When Enforcing Restrictive Covenants'' - Las Vegas - May 08, 2014
  • Ultimate Software Interactive HR Workshop - ''Navigating the Intersection Between the ADA, FMLA and Connecticut Leave Laws'' - Hartford - February 14, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''New Connecticut Law Regarding Palliative Marijuana Use: What Employers Need to Know'' - Stamford - September 18, 2012
  • Private Client Webinar - ''Classification Issues for Independent Contractors'' - Stamford - Spring 2012
  • Business Networking International Westport, Connecticut Chapter - ''Avoiding Legal Problems in Hiring, Managing and Terminating Employments'' - Westport - June 26, 2008
  • ADP's 2007 Business Solutions Expo - ''Big Brother in the Workplace. Balancing Business Necessities with Employee Privacy'' - Windsor - September 27, 2007
  • ADP’s Winning the War on Talent Workforce Management - ''Avoiding Legal Problems When Hiring, Managing and Terminating Employees'' - Holyoke - June 07, 2007

Published Works


Our Insights

Working for the Weekend: Denial of Pay Premium Due to FMLA-Related Absences Does Not Violate the FMLA

January 16, 2019

Connecticut Court Rules in Favor of Medical Marijuana User in Discrimination Case

January 02, 2019

PODCAST: Untangling Complex Leave Issues – Part I

November 19, 2018

More Buzz in Connecticut on Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

September 17, 2018

The Patchwork of States Prohibiting Salary History Inquiries Grows to Include Vermont and Likely Connecticut

May 18, 2018

Connecticut Supreme Court Upholds Fluctuating Workweek Method . . . but Not for Retail Employees

September 06, 2017

Second Circuit Lowers Bar for Causation in FMLA Retaliation Claims

July 27, 2017

Connecticut Federal Court Expands Title VII Protections to Sexual Orientation

December 20, 2016

It’s Time to Update Physician Noncompete Agreements in Connecticut

July 21, 2016

Second Circuit Holds HR Professionals Can Be Liable as ‘Employers’ Under FMLA

April 14, 2016

Employees Permitted To Openly Discuss Wages in Connecticut

July 14, 2015

EEOC’S Proposed Wellness Program Regulations Offer Guidance on Confidentiality of Employee Medical Information

May 08, 2015

New Law Restricts Employer Access to Employee Social Media Accounts, Including Through “Friend Requests”

April 21, 2015

Employee Not Entitled to Compensation for Time Spent Commuting to and from Job Sites and Home in Company Vehicle While Carrying Company Tools

May 05, 2014

In Connecticut, Global Release “Non-Binding” with Respect to Workers’ Compensation Claims Until Approved by Commissioner

December 04, 2013

Connecticut Public Policy Supports, and in Some Cases, Requires, Termination of Workplace Harassers

August 15, 2013

Commercial Driver Fired for Driving Under the Influence Eligible for Unemployment Benefits According to Connecticut Supreme Court

August 15, 2013

New Connecticut Supreme Court Decision Clarifies Application of the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act

October 08, 2012


Media Quotes

August 27, 2015 - SHRM Online - "Wage Secrecy Prohibitions Require Caution by Employers"
August 07, 2014 - - "Comments that Black Trooper ‘Did Not Fit In’ May Show Race Bias"
January 23, 2014 - Connecticut Law Tribune - "Employment and Immigration Law: Workers' Comp Officials Get Last Word on Employer-Employee Deals"