John R. Bauer


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John Bauer has significant skills and knowledge in the representation of clients in business and intellectual property litigation. With over 20 years of experience, his clients recognize his responsiveness and ability to effectively and efficiently attain their objectives. John represents clients that are parties to lawsuits throughout the United States involving a range of business claims, including breach of contract, fraud, misrepresentation, unfair trade practices, and other business torts. John has extensive experience as counsel for companies and individuals in intellectual property cases, including trademark litigation, trade secrets cases, and cases involving noncompetition, non-solicitation, and nondisclosure agreements. In addition, John has also represented limited liability companies, as well as members and managers, in numerous lawsuits involving breach of fiduciary duty and related claims.

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Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude, 1995
Duke University, PhD, 1984
St. Mary's University, BA summa cum laude, 1978

Massachusetts (state and federal)
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

  • Ligeri v. Optimistic Investments, LLC, 2022 WL 1521248 (D. Mass. April 15, 2022)
  • Epazz, Inc. v. National Quality Assurance USA, Inc., 2021 WL 3808946 (6th Cir. Aug. 26, 2021)
  • Needham Bank v. Guaranteed Rate, Inc., 2021 WL 2019287 (Mass. Super. Ct. April 17, 2021)
  • Jadian, Inc. v. National Quality Assurance USA, Inc., 2020 WL 3071756 (W.D. Mich. June 10, 2020)
  • Jadian, Inc. v. National Quality Assurance USA, Inc., No. 1:17-cv-907, 2018 WL 6529526 (W.D. Mich. Nov. 21, 2018)
  • Siegler v. Curb Call, Inc., No. 17-cv-1136, 2017 WL 6730095 (S.D. Cal. Dec. 29, 2017)
  • Simplivity Corp. v. Hofdahl, 2016 WL 4080369 (Mass.Sup.Ct. June 24, 2016)
  • Fallman v. Hotel Insider, Ltd., 14 Civ. 1040, 2016 WL 316378 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 15, 2016)
  • Interactive Tracking Systems, Inc. v. Artafact, LLC, Civil Action No. 08–10101–EFH, 2011 WL 2161863 (D.Mass. June 1, 2011)
  • Smith v. Jenkins, 718 F.Supp. 2d 155 (D.Mass. 2010)
  • Smith v. Jenkins, 626 F.Supp.2d 155 (D.Mass. 2009)
  • Wieder Psychiatric Services v. New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, 25 Mass.L.Rptr. 33, 2009 WL 330918 (Mass.Super.Ct. Feb. 12, 2009)
  • Hooper et al. v. Davis-Standard Corp., 482 F.Supp.2d 157 (D.Mass. 2007)
  • The Descartes System Group, Inc. v. Celarix, Inc., 13 Mass.L.Rptr. 317, 2001 WL 72146 (Mass.Super.Ct. June 20, 2001)
  • FD Holding Corp. v. Danbury Bowlarama Corp., 1999 WL 1225233 (D.Mass. Dec. 14, 1999)

  • “Codifying Noncompete Reforms is No Easy Task,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, May 5, 2016
  • “Is Noncompete Reform in Massachusetts Unconstitutional,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, March 16, 2015
  • "States Divided Over Asset Purchases and Non-Competes" New England In-House, January 2010
  • "Is an Employer Liable When Its Sales Employee Breaches a Noncompetition or Nonsolicitation Agreement with a Former Employer?" Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2007
  • "Massachusetts Trade Secret Law: 2007," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, April 11, 2007
  • "Enforcing a Noncompetition Agreement through Litigation Can Be Risky," co-authored with Nancy M. Cremins, New England In-House, October 2006
  • "Will New England Courts Adopt the ‘Inevitable Disclosure’ Doctrine?" New England In-House, April 2004
  • "Criminalization of Trade Secret Theft: On the Second Anniversary of the Economic Espionage Act," co-authored with Joseph F. Savage, Currents: International Trade Law Journal, Summer 1999
  • "The Next War? Federal Prosecutors Focus on Intellectual Property Crimes," co-authored with Joseph F. Savage, Boston Bar Journal, November/December 1997

AV Preeminent attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
Super Lawyer 2006-2007, 2010-2023