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John V. Komar is a partner in the firm’s water and public agency law and business and commercial litigation practice groups. For over 25 years, John has litigated complex disputes across a broad spectrum of industries including manufacturing, software, investment banking and real estate. He has tried numerous cases to verdict in State and Federal courts and to final award in arbitration, including disputes arising from breach of contract, copyright and trademark violations, trade secret theft, fraud, post-merger conduct and failures, violation of shareholder rights, partnership disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, corporate governance failures and other commercial wrongs. He also handles appellate work arising from such matters. As a result of his deep understanding of trial practice, John provides educated guidance at all phases of the litigation process, which allows clients to make informed decisions and obtain favorable outcomes. John is also an expert at dispute resolution and is a certified mediator.

Practice Focus

  • Water and Public Agency Law
  • Business and Commercial Litigation


  • Certified Oregon Mediator, 2016


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California, San Diego, 1990
  • Juris Doctor, Santa Clara University School of Law, 1993
  • Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, 2016

Bar Admissions and Licensure

  • State Bar of California, 1993
  • State Bar of Oregon, 2012
  • United States Federal Court
    • Northern District of California, 1994
    • Central District of California, 2003
    • Southern District of California, 2004
    • Eastern District of California, 2007
  • United States Bankruptcy Court
    • Northern District of California, 2013
    • District of South Carolina (Pro Hac Vice), 2015
  • Minnesota State Court (Pro Hac Vice), 2006

Professional Associations and Leadership

  • Kern County Bar Association, 2019-Present
  • Bend Ice, 2014-Present

Professional Experience

  • Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP
  • BLA Schwartz, P.C.
  • Squire, Sanders & Dempsey
  • Pillsbury Winthrop, LLP
  • Bowman and Brooke, LLP
  • Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley


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