John Guadnola is a seasoned attorney with an extensive background and impressive record of success in his practice areas, which principally include antitrust litigation, alcohol regulation, complex litigation and professional regulation. As Executive Director and General Counsel of the Association of Washington Spirits & Wine Distributors, John has significant experience with both legislative and enforcement activities related to beverage alcohol products. As General Counsel for the Optometric Physicians of Washington since 1992, John has extensive experience with business, practice, regulatory and legislative issues applicable to the profession of optometry.
As co-lead counsel in a case of national significance (Costco v. Hoen), John represented distributor intervenors in defense of Washington State laws governing distribution and sale of beer and wine against an antitrust claim brought by Costco; the Ninth Circuit Court upheld substantially all the laws in 2008. Since 2011, when Washington privatized the distribution and sale of spirits, John has been involved in continuing litigation over the scope of rules implementing the Initiative, and involved with the creation of such rules by the Liquor and Cannabis Board. He has addressed several national and state symposia and seminars on alcohol regulation and antitrust litigation and enforcement topics.
Outside work, John has served on the boards of directors and in other capacities for the Point Defiance Zoological Society, the Tacoma Symphony, the Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County, and the Tacoma/Pierce County Corporate Council for the Arts. John is married, with two grown children and three grandsons. He enjoys fly fishing and gardening, but he likes fly fishing a little more.
American Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
Federal Bar Association of Washington
Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington
Federal Bar Association
Counsel for plaintiff in multi-million dollar antitrust suit for predatory pricing. After extensive discovery in Washington, Oregon, and California, conducted four-week jury trial; case settled pending appeal. Community Press v. Portland Oregonian, USDC Oregon.
Represented plaintiff in suit for fraud and breach of contract. Secured judgment for $540,000, including specific finding that $410,000 was attributable to fraud by the individual defendant. Regal West Corporation v. ALIS-USA, LLC, et. al, USDC, Western District of Washington.
Counsel for plaintiff in $5-10 million suit for RICO violations, breach of employment contract. Case settled after extensive discovery in California and New York. Barker v. E.F. Hutton, USDC, Northern District of California.