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. Based on feedback from both in-house and outside counsel, Chambers USA identified John as a “Leading Lawyer” in 2017 and 2018 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.” John has also been named a New England Super Lawyer and a Connecticut Super Lawyer in 2013 – 2018 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. Additionally, John was selected by the American Institute of Legal Counsel for its 10 Best – Labor and Employment List in 2016.
- 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.
- J.D., cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 1998
- B.A., cum laude, Boston College, 1995
Admittance to Practice
- New York
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Ninth Circuits
- 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 9, 2018
- Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Responding to Multi-Agency Investigations - A Strategy for Success" - San Diego - May 5, 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 8, 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 7, 2007
- September 13, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Conn. Supreme Court Upholds Fluctuating Workweek Method, but Not for Retail"
- November 25, 2015 - SHRM Online - "No Bias in College Firing Professor for Rudeness"
- August 7, 2014 - SHRM.org - "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"
- October 21, 2013 - Connecticut Law Tribune - "Ask This...Not That! The Confidentiality of Employee Medical Information Under the ADA"
- April 2007 - The Connecticut Law Tribune (co-author) - "Separation Anxiety"