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John L Hay

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Contact Information

201 E HAYWARD AVE, Phoenix, Arizona, 85020-4037




Status: Active  

Board Certified Specialization: None  

Professional Liability Insurance: Not required to report  

Admitted to Practice Law: 1964

Admitted to State Bar of Arizona: March 13, 1965

Other Language(s): None


John Hay, Chair of Gust Rosenfeld’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice, focuses his general corporate and commercial law practice on representing small- and medium-sized businesses, including insurance companies, banks, franchisors and franchisees. He works with business clients on formation, financing, and relationships and contracts with vendors, customers and lenders, and issuing due formation, enforceability and nonconsolidation opinion letters. He also provides counsel on dealings with regulatory agencies, relationships among owners, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property matters, including trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.  He is a member of the Commercial Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and has served as an arbitrator for AAA, the State Bar Fee Arbitration Committee, and in private arbitrations.

A member of the state bar committees that drafted the 1976 and 1996 Arizona Business Corporation laws, the 2014 Arizona Entity Restructuring Act, and the new Arizona Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, John has published numerous articles and been a speaker at seminars on corporate law. He was on the state bar committee that drafted the report on rendering legal opinions. 

John has been a member of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising since its inception in 1978. He has written articles and made presentations about franchising from the perspective of both franchisees and franchisors.  John is recognized in the Franchising Law category of The Best Lawyers in America® (1995 - present). In addition, he is listed under the Business/Corporate category of the 2007 and 2008 Southwest Super Lawyers® magazine. John Hay is AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, representing the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Business Law Business Arbitration, Business Estate Planning, Business Fraud, Business Litigation, Business Organization, Business Planning, Business Mediation, Business Cooperatives, Business Associations Law, Business Crimes, Business Development, Business Dissolutions, Business Enterprises, Business Formation, Business Start-Ups, Business Regulation, Business Reorganization, Business Successions, Business Succession Planning, Business Taxation, Business Syndication, Business Transfers, Business Torts, Business Transactions, Buying and Selling of Businesses, Business Trusts, Business Valuation, Buy-Sell Agreements, Closely Held Business Estate Planning, Closely Held Business Law, Complex Business Litigation, Closely Held business Taxation, Cooperative Taxation, Emerging Business Law, Family Business Law, Family Business Mediation, Family Business Successions, International Business Law, Entrepreneurial Business Law, Entrepreneurial Business Law, Emerging Growth Companies, Emerging Growth Companies, Joint Ventures, International Joint Ventures, Limited Liability Company Law, Trade Association Law, Trade and Professional Associations, Sole Proprietorships, Strategic Alliances, Privatization, Professional Practices, Small Business Law, Minority Business Law, Pass-Through Entities, Private Business Law
Corporate Law Closely Held Corporations, Corporate Banking Law, Corporate Formation, Corporate Governance, Corporate Income Tax, Corporate Insurance, Corporate Litigation, Corporate Organization, Corporate Insurance Defense, Corporate Investigations, Corporate Dissolutions, Corporate Ethics, Corporate Finance, Corporate Fiduciary Law, Corporate Contracts, Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Control Contests, Corporate Criminal Law, Incorporation, International Corporate Finance, Foreign Sales Corporations, Hostile Takeovers, Family Corporations, Corporate Workouts, Family Partnerships, Family Limited Partnerships, Corporate Successions, Corporate Tax Controversies, Corporate Tax Planning, Corporate Trusts, Corporate Real Estate, Corporate Reorganization, Corporate Planning, Corporate Partnerships, Transfer Pricing, Tender Offers, Takeovers, Nonprofit Corporations, Offshore Corporations, Partnership Formation, Partnership Dissolution, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Partnerships, International Corporate Taxation, International Corporate Law, Professional Corporations, Partnership Taxation, Partnership Organization, Partnership Syndication, Small Business Corporations, S Corporations, Public Corporations, Proxy Contests
Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediation, International Dispute Resolution, International Mediation, International Arbitration, Collaborative Law, Arbitration
Finance Asset Sales, Asset Based Finance, Vehicle Leasing, Secured Finance, Securitization, Unsecured Finance, Structured Finance, Private Finance, Public Finance, International Finance, Precious Metals Finance, Financial Institutions Taxation, International Commercial Finance, Financial Fraud, Finance Taxation, Financial Fraud Recovery, Financial Institution Bonds, Equity Finance, Eurobonds, Factoring Law, Financial Restructuring, Financial Institutions Litigation, Financial Institutions Law, Financial Institution Insolvency, Financial Institution Failures, Financial Institution Reorganization, Financial Institution Regulation, Corporate Finance, Cross Border Finance, Credit Enhancement, Business Finance, Commercial Finance, Equipment Leasing, Equipment Finance, Debt Finance, Debt and Equity Finance
Franchises and Franchising Franchise Arbitration, Dealership Law, Automotive Franchises and Dealerships, Franchise Law, Franchise Distribution, Franchise Litigation, Franchise Licensing, Franchise Termination, International Franchising, Franchise Mediation, Franchise Regulation, Franchise Taxation
Intellectual Property Artistic Property, Biotechnology Patent Prosecution, Biochemical Patents, Business Method Patents, Chemical Intellectual Property, Biotechnology Patents, Brand management, Copyright Prosecution, Copyright Litigation, Copyright Licensing, Copyright Infringement, Chemical Patent Prosecution, Chemical Patents, Computer Architecture Patents, Computer and Software Patents, Intellectual Property Rights, Intellectual Property Procurement, Intellectual Property Prosecution, Intellectual Property Portfolio Management, Intellectual Property Litigation, Industrial Property, Industrial Property Rights, Electronic Patents, Electronic Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Licensing, Intellectual Property Infringement, Intellectual Property Arbitration, Intellectual Property Enforcement, Electro-Mechanical Patents, Electrical Patents, Electrical Patent Prosecution, Electrical Intellectual Property, Copyright Protection, Copyright Registration, Counterfeiting, Design Patents, Trade Names, Trade Secret Misappropriation, Trade Dress, Theft of Trade Secrets, Service Marks, Protection of Personality, Proprietary Rights, Piracy, Trademark Arbitration, Trademark Infringement, Trademark Licensing, Trademark Litigation, Trademark Protection, Trademark Prosecution, Trademark Registration, Patent Portfolio Management, Patent Prosecution, Patent Licensing, Patent Litigation, Pharmaceutical Patent Prosecution, Pharmaceutical Patents, Patent Protection, Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property, Molecular Biology Patents, Metallurgical Patents, Merchandising, Medical Patents, Patent Applications, New Media Law, Patent Interference Practice, Patent Infringement, Medical Intellectual Property, Mechanical Patents, Mechanical Patent Prosecution, Mechanical Intellectual Property, Literary Property, Lanham Act, Internet Patents, Internet Trademarks, International Patents, International Trademarks, Internet Copyright Law, Internet Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property, International Copyright Law, International Patent Prosecution, International Licensing


  • Arizona (Active), Colorado (Active), District of Columbia (Inactive)

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  • U of Colorado

  • Last Updated: November 27, 2021
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  • Phoenix, Arizona, Maricopa County
  • Accept Credit Cards: Yes
  • Free Consultations: No

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