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John P. Streelman

Partner

1400 Wewatta Street
Suite 500
Denver, CO 80202
john.streelman@nelsonmullins.com

John Streelman is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Denver office. His practice focuses on complex business disputes, including franchise and distribution agreements, employment disputes, and professional liability defense. He has litigated cases in more than 20 states and has gone to decision/verdict in 18 matters, including numerous jury and bench trials...

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John Streelman is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Denver office. His practice focuses on complex business disputes, including franchise and distribution agreements, employment disputes, and professional liability defense. He has litigated cases in more than 20 states and has gone to decision/verdict in 18 matters, including numerous jury and bench trials in federal and state courts, appellate courts, administrative tribunals and boards, and arbitrations. He has handled dispositive and evidentiary hearings and has resolved numerous cases on dispositive motions.

Throughout his career, Mr. Streelman has handled dozens of dealer terminations, establishments, relocations, and audits nationwide for major automobile manufacturers. He has handled numerous employment cases involving claims of discrimination, improper use of trade secrets, violation of non-compete agreements, negligent hiring and training, claims for unemployment, and claims for misclassification of independent contractors. Mr. Streelman has also defended dozens of healthcare providers against various claims for professional liability.

in federal and state courts, appellate courts, administrative tribunals and boards, and arbitrations. He has handled dispositive and evidentiary hearings and has resolved numerous cases on dispositive motions.

Throughout his career, Mr. Streelman has handled dozens of dealer terminations, establishments, relocations, and audits nationwide for major automobile manufacturers. He has handled numerous employment cases involving claims of discrimination, improper use of trade secrets, violation of non-compete agreements, negligent hiring and training, claims for unemployment, and claims for misclassification of independent contractors. Mr. Streelman has also defended dozens of healthcare providers against various claims for professional liability.

John Streelman is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Denver office. His practice focuses on complex business disputes, including franchise and distribution agreements, employment disputes, and professional liability defense. He has litigated cases in more than 20 states and has gone to decision/verdict in 18 matters, including numerous jury and bench trials... in federal and state courts, appellate courts, administrative tribunals and boards, and arbitrations. He has handled dispositive and evidentiary hearings and has resolved numerous cases on dispositive motions.

Throughout his career, Mr. Streelman has handled dozens of dealer terminations, establishments, relocations, and audits nationwide for major automobile manufacturers. He has handled numerous employment cases involving claims of discrimination, improper use of trade secrets, violation of non-compete agreements, negligent hiring and training, claims for unemployment, and claims for misclassification of independent contractors. Mr. Streelman has also defended dozens of healthcare providers against various claims for professional liability.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Representative Matters

Business Litigation

  • West Colorado Motors (AutoNation) v. General Motors et. al. (Colo. Sup. Ct. 2017) - Obtained  reversal of certiorari from the Colorado Supreme Court in a high- stakes dealer relocation dispute for GM
  • Atkission v. FCA US LLC (2016) - Represented FCA in a one-week trial involving a dealer's wrongful termination claim under Texas statute, resulting in an 81-page favorable decision at the trial level. Affirmed at the Board level. 
  • Hooman v. FCA US LLC (2016) - Represented FCA in a one-week trial in California involving a dealer's claim regarding an allegedly improper sales incentive audit. Achieved a proposed decision at the trial level, defended before the Board, and received complete affirmation of the proposed order in favor of FCA. Later defended the Board's adoption of the proposed order in a subsequent writ filed by the dealer
  • Dependable Dodge v. FCA US LLC (2016) - Represented FCA in a three-week trial involving a dealer's wrongful termination claim under California statute
  • SFK v. Isuzu (2016) - Represented Isuzu in a seven-day jury trial in federal court involving a dealer's claim for wrongful termination, declaratory judgment, breach of contract, and claims of violations under South Dakota statute regarding warranty reimbursement and parts mark-up rates
  • Mathew Enterprise v. FCA US LLC (2016) - Obtained complete dismissal on a motion to dismiss of a federal court action filed against FCA involving a dealer's request to relocate. The case included causes of action for wrongful termination under state statute, violation of the Automobile Dealer Day in Court Act and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing
  • Mathew Enterprise v. Chrysler Group (Cal. Super. Ct. Santa Clara Cnty. 2015) - Won a complete defense decision following a month-long, California trial for Chrysler Group and Chrysler Realty in a five-year, $50 million lawsuit including statutory, fraud, and contract claims
  • Defended Chrysler against an automobile dealership's allegations of oppressive and unreasonable terms in a letter of intent to enter into a franchise agreement after Chrysler's bankruptcy in a franchise case of national significance
  • Co-managed with one other law firm the response to requests from 418 dealers for arbitration relating to the bankruptcy of Chrysler Group LLC and following Chrysler's termination of those dealerships. Previous firm litigated 187 of these Section 747 arbitrations and, as directed by Congress, resolved all of the litigation within seven months
  • Obtained complete dismissal in California for Chrysler on claims brought for breach of contract and violation of statutory franchise laws
  • Managed and resolved multiple cases involving a massive apartment fire resulting from arson and including claims by approximately 80 plaintiffs for premises liability, wrongful death, and respondeat superior
  • Defended claims of premises liability against a major healthcare provider in New Orleans involving alleged patient deaths arising out of Hurricane Katrina
  • Resolved, prior to suit, a matter arising out of a major forest fire on federal land against a utility provider. The case involved complex issues of premises liability, federal authority/lands and contractual interpretation
  • Defended a large healthcare provider against claims arising out of a security exercise performed at one of its facilities. The plaintiff alleged claims including assault, false imprisonment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress
  • Assisted Chrysler in a two-week administrative trial involving a terminated dealer that claimed it was improperly terminated in violation of state franchise laws
  • Obtained dismissal under Rule 12 in federal court for a major airline regarding claims relating to an incident at Denver International Airport and restrictions on the right to fly internationally
  • Quality v. Chrysler Group (D. N.M.) - Defended Chrysler in federal court against claims for declaratory and injunctive relief and prevented a dealership from being reinstated in the dealership network. The matter dealt with a complex issue of federal preemption/interpretation and state franchise laws. The court's ruling was beneficial to similar litigation around the country

Employment

  • Obtained a preliminary injunction following a full-day evidentiary hearing in a Colorado district court on behalf of a commercial painting company in a case involving trade secrets and a noncompete agreement
  • Obtained a favorable ruling granting a motion to transfer a case from Colorado to Utah. The lawsuit arose from an employment dispute against a Utah utility provider and involved claims of disparate treatment, retaliation, unlawful demotion, and unlawful termination
  • Represented numerous large transportation and freight carriers in administrative investigations and hearings regarding purported misclassification of independent contractors
  • Obtained involuntary dismissal with prejudice for a national freight carrier against claims of race discrimination in federal court in Colorado
  • Obtained a favorable outcome in a case against a national freight carrier, including defense of claims by four plaintiffs of race discrimination, age discrimination, pattern/practice, and retaliation.
  • Represented large freight carriers and local delivery and pumping companies in unemployment hearings with national policy implications
  • Defended cases brought against employers for respondeat superior, negligent hiring, negligent supervision, and negligent training, including a recent case brought in federal court against a national healthcare provider. That lawsuit alleged a minor was paralyzed from the neck down when he attacked another individual staying at a care facility. The lawsuit asserted claims of negligence, negligent policies, negligent hiring, negligent training, and negligent supervision of employees

Medical Malpractice

  • Won a complete defense verdict in federal court in Colorado for an emergency physician in a three-week medical malpractice trial in which the plaintiff alleged misdiagnosis leading to paralysis and asserted damage claims of $12 million. The verdict was featured in DRI's And the Defense Wins (October 1, 2014)
  • Won a unanimous jury defense verdict for a cardiothoracic surgeon in a two-week medical malpractice trial involving injuries associated with an atrial fibrillation surgery
  • Obtained complete dismissal under Rule 12 on behalf of a surgical group against claims for wrongful death
  • Negotiated and obtained voluntary dismissal of claims for negligence and wrongful death against a large national retirement community and assisted living provider
  • Obtained complete dismissal under Rule 12 on behalf of a large healthcare provider and an individual physician regarding claims for fraud, conspiracy, and medical malpractice. The ruling included an award of fees and costs
  • Negotiated, on the eve of trial, voluntary dismissal with prejudice of claims for negligence and wrongful death brought against a general surgeon
  • Negotiated and obtained voluntary dismissal of two emergency department physicians on the eve of trial from claims asserting medical negligence related to a burst brain aneurism
  • Obtained complete dismissal on summary judgment for a registered nurse and large national nurse staffing company in a case alleging medical malpractice and respondeat superior
  • Negotiated and obtained, after discovery had commenced, voluntary dismissal on behalf of a large obstetrical group against claims of negligence per se, intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, breach of contract, respondeat superior, res ipsa loquitur, negligent hiring and supervision, and violation of HIPAA

Appeals

  • West Colorado Motors v. General Motors (Colo. Ct. App. 2016) - Successfully defended General Motors in the relocation of an automobile dealership in which the plaintiff alleged that GM unreasonably approved the dealership's move
  • Sundin v. United Airlines (Colo. Ct. App. 2015) - Won complete affirmation from the Colorado Court of Appeals for United Airlines in a matter of first impression. The appellant claimed she was injured while boarding a flight when a fellow passenger dropped his carry-on bag on her head. The case involved multistate choice of law issues, and the Court of Appeals adopted United's position in affirming the trial court's prior dismissal of the lawsuit
  • Obtained remand and increased benefits for an injured veteran in a pro bono matter before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • Larry Menke v. DaimlerChrysler, 90 Cal. Rptr. 3d 389 (2009) - Won affirmation for Chrysler before the California Court of Appeals in an opinion that established favorable precedent for manufacturers operating in California. The Court affirmed a trial court's complete dismissal of claims against Chrysler for rejecting a prospective dealership purchaser

Previous Professional Experience

  • Colorado Attorney General's Office
  • Partner at Denver-based law firm

Internships

  • Intern to the Honorable Angela R. Arkin, Elbert and Douglas County District Courts

Education

  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, JD
    • Top 5% of class
    • Order of St. Ives
    • Senior Editor, Denver University Law Review
    • Scholarship for Academic Excellence
    • Clarence L. Bartholic Legal Profession Award
    • Scholastic Excellence Awards (top student) in 7 subjects
  • University of Colorado, BA
    • Dean's List (5 times)
    • Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society

Admissions

  • Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Stars - Franchise/Dealership (2012-2017)
  • Law Week Colorado's Up-and-Coming Lawyers Finalist (2010 & 2011)
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Faculty Member
  • Chief Justice's Commission on Professional Development
    • Working Group on Professionalism
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • International Franchise Association
  • Legal Aid Foundation Associate Campaign Representative (2008-2013)
  • Legal Aid Foundation Associates Advisory Board (2012-2013)
  • DU Mentoring Program to Law School Students (2008-Present)
  • Colorado Judicial Institute
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
  • Minoru Yasui American Inn of Court
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
  • DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • TLC Meals on Wheels
    • Board of Directors (2015-Present), President, (2017-present), Vice President, (2016-2017)
  • Denver Active 20-30 Children's Foundation
    • Advisor to the Board (2016-Present), Member, (2008-2016), Board of Directors, (2008-2013), Director, (2012-2013), Treasurer, (2010-2012) Vice-President, (2009-2010), Secretary, (2008-2009)
  • Think Like a Genius Board of Directors (2017-Present), Advisory Board, (2016-2017)
  • Bonfils Blood Center Donor (four gallons to date)
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