B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Tufts University; L.L.B., Yale
John Dienelt is a litigator with more than 40 years of trial and appellate experience, particularly in franchising, antitrust, intellectual property and other commercial cases. He has concentrated in complex litigation, including class actions. He has also represented private parties in disputes with the federal government before courts and administrative agencies. He has tried, or handled arbitrations in, more than 100 cases and has argued more than 25 appeals in various federal and state courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Dienelt has written numerous articles and has regularly spoken at programs on franchising. He teaches franchise law at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Virginia School of Law. He has served as a member of the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Franchising and was its chairman from 1999 to 2001. He has also served on the steering committee of the National Franchise Mediation Program and as an instructor in the National Institute of Trial Advocacy program at Georgetown. He currently serves as a court-appointed mediator and arbitrator for the federal courts in the District of Columbia. He has been recognized by the D.C. Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights for his pro bono activities. Before entering private practice Professor Dienelt served as assistant to the Solicitor General in the United States Department of Justice and as Washington Counsel for the Environmental Defense Fund. Professor Dienelt is listed in An International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers; The Best Lawyers in America; Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers; and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.