John Burlingame is global co-chair of the Squire Patton Boggs Litigation Practice. He works extensively on high-value, high-profile cases and issues that receive national media attention. His experience as lead trial counsel spans a range of subjects, often involving matters of false advertising and unfair business competition. 

    John’s cases have often received national media attention, including front page coverage in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. As a result, John regularly oversees the efforts of public relations professionals working on his clients’ behalf. He has been named as part of the Legal Elite by the readership of Washington SmartCEO and been recognized as a Washington, DC and Virginia Super Lawyer – Business Litigation.

    John has lectured or served on numerous speaking panels, including as an invited guest at the University of Colorado School of Law, the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and the University of Richmond School of Law. 

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    • Acting as co-lead counsel for America’s sugar cane growers, sugar beet farmers and refiners of natural sugar in a federal false advertising lawsuit against manufacturers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and their trade group, the Corn Refiners Association, for falsely advertising that the various formulations of HFCS are “natural,” that “your body can’t tell the difference” between HFCS and sugar, and that HFCS is “corn sugar.”
    • Acting as co-lead counsel for LeBron James in two separate actions filed by an individual claiming to be the NBA star’s father. In the first action, asserting various fraud and breach of contract claims, our motion to dismiss was granted by the federal district court with the US Court of Appeals upholding the dismissal. The second action, alleging that LeBron James defamed this same individual based on an interview published in Sports Illustrated, was also dismissed by the federal district court.
    • Resolving a federal false advertising case on behalf of an industry trade association and several of its members against a key competitor after prevailing on pre-trial motions.
    • Acting as lead trial counsel for Newell Rubbermaid’s subsidiary Irwin Industrial Tool Company in an action involving claims of patent inventorship, fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and antitrust violations. Newell Rubbermaid successfully moved to dismiss all claims except the claim of inventorship. The district court also agreed with Newell Rubbermaid that the opposing parties should not be able to pursue discovery on the issue of damages until the inventorship issue was resolved. This discovery ruling allowed Newell Rubbermaid to avoid the type of burdensome and expensive discovery strategy the opposing parties hoped to pursue. Following discovery, the district court summary judgment found in favor of Newell Rubbermaid. Following oral argument, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the judgment in favor of Newell Rubbermaid.
    • Acting as lead trial counsel for Eaton Corporation in the defense of a patent infringement action accusing Eaton's top-selling truck transmissions of infringing a patent held by Meritor Transmission. Secured a summary judgment of non-infringement on all claims and successfully argued the appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
    • Arguing a successful appeal before the Supreme Court of Virginia vacating a multimillion-dollar arbitration award.
    • Acting as lead trial counsel for a major industrial equipment manufacturer accused of violating a patent marking statute on the alleged basis that the products were not patented and not covered by pending patent applications. Following a summary judgment hearing, a federal court in Massachusetts dismissed all claims.
    • Acting as lead trial counsel in a breach of contract dispute between two major telecommunications companies and securing a multimillion-dollar award following trial.
    • Acting as lead trial counsel for an international manufacturer of train locomotives and securing a complete defense verdict following trial.
    • Acting as lead trial counsel for a major investment bank seeking to prevent use and disclosure of its trade secret information. Following a lengthy arbitration hearing, a panel of three arbitrators found in favor of the bank and awarded monetary damages.
    • Representing major international clients in investigative proceedings including before the Federal Trade Commission and in worldwide patent licensing negotiations.
    • Representing a national floor cleaning products manufacturer in defense of patent infringement and unfair competition claims. Following a week long evidentiary hearing, the court denied the plaintiff's request for a preliminary injunction.
    • Defending an integrated computer, communications and consumer electronics company in a patent infringement action regarding computer technology.
    • Representing a manufacturer of high speed internet technology devices in a patent infringement action.
    • Representing a plaintiff in a patent infringement and trade secrets misappropriation action regarding a method for repairing core shrouds of nuclear reactors. 


    • University of Richmond, J.D., notes and comments editor, University of Richmond Law Review, 1991
    • Virginia Tech, B.A., 1987


    • Virginia, 1991
    • District of Columbia, 1997


    • U.S. Ct. of App., District of Columbia Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Federal Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Second Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Fourth Circuit
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Colorado
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Columbia
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Maryland
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., C. Dist. of Illinois
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. of Michigan
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. of Virginia
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. of Virginia
    • Recognized as a Super Lawyer – Business Litigation – in both Washington, DC and Virginia.
    • Named part of the Legal Elite by the readership of Washington SmartCEO.
    • Lectured on matters such as the effective use of expert witnesses and developments in intellectual property law. 
    • Guest lecturer at the University of Colorado School of Law on the subject of false advertising and a case study evaluating the advertising of high fructose corn syrup.

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