John L. Murino, Counsel Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2663
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

John L. Murino is a counsel in the firm's Washington, D.C. office, where he practices in the International Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, and Intellectual Property groups. John represents clients across a variety of jurisdictions in commercial and investment arbitrations and complex civil litigation. The industries within which he has worked span the globe and include hospitality, financial services, insurance, mining, manufacturing, media, and technology. John also is active in counseling clients regarding various Internet governance, domain name, trademark, and international business related issues. He has appeared in several media outlets including Bloomberg, The Washington Post, and Law Technology News.

John's recent arbitration and litigation experience includes: 

  • Representing global hotel brand in a management agreement dispute involving Caribbean resort under the ICDR Commercial Arbitration Rules.
  • Representing Asian manufacturer in a dispute under the CPR Non-Administered Arbitration Rules involving word-wide cartel-activity allegations.
  • Representing multinational hotel brand against management company in Texas state court involving claims of theft of trade secrets and tortious interference.  
  • Representing an Internet registry services company in a dispute under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration rules against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), arising out of a claim of breach of contract involving the operation of the top level domain (TLD).
  • Representing an Internet registry services company in a dispute under the ICDR International Arbitration Rules against ICANN arising out of ICANN’s improper refusal to award the TLD.
  • Representing an information technology services provider in a multi-million dollar arbitration under the AAA Commercial Arbitration Rules arising out of a contract dispute with a technology services subcontractor.
  • Representing a South American sovereign in a dispute with a U.S. bank in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for fraud and related claims.
  • Representing a U.S. investor in ICSID arbitration proceedings against a Middle Eastern sovereign for violations of a bilateral investment treaty.
  • Representing a Cypriot energy company in ICSID arbitration proceedings against the Government of Turkey for violations of the Energy Charter Treaty.
  • Representing an airline, a group of United States citizens, and several foreign nationals in disputes against the Governments of Libya and Iran in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for terrorist activities orchestrated by these foreign sovereigns.
  • Representing a global transportation corporation against a French airplane manufacturer in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey for fraud and breach of contract claims.

John's recent counseling experience includes:

  • Advising corporations and organizations in efforts to object to or otherwise challenge pending TLD applications and regulatory decisions.
  • Advising parties in efforts to apply for, secure, and operate top level domains.   
  • Advising Internet registry and registrar service providers on various issues related to organization, contract implementation, and contract compliance.
  • Advising corporations in negotiations of agreements relating to registry and registrar services.
  • Advising parties regarding allegations of cybersquatting and reverse domain name hijacking.
  • Advising multinational corporations and individuals regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • Advising publications regarding various First Amendment and defamation related issues.

John graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science and international relations from the University of Michigan. He received his J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of a journal and the Moot Court Board. Upon graduation, John served as a law clerk to the Honorable Deborah A. Robinson in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

John currently serves on the Executive Committee for the George Washington University Law School Alumni Board of Directors, and is a member of the New York and the District of Columbia Bars. He is also a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia.


Admitted to Practice:  District of Columbia, New York

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Speeches & Presentations

  • "ICANN – General Framework and String Objections," International Chamber of Commerce, Belgium, Brussels (June 2012). Speaker: John L. Murino.
  • "What's Next After ICANN's Big Reveal," Crowell & Moring Webinar, Washington, DC (June 2012). Speaker: John L. Murino.
  • "Some Legal Rules of the Road for Non-brand gTLDs: Competition and Community," Crowell & Moring Webinar (September 2011). Speaker: John L. Murino.
  • "Ready for the new gTLDs? Strategic Considerations and Global Brand Enforcement Challenges for Brand Owners in Light of ICANN's 'New gTLD Program'," Crowell & Moring Seminar, San Francisco (May 2011). Speakers: John L. Murino and John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "How and When to Apply for new gTLDs," .NXT Conference--A Conference about New Internet Extensions, San Francisco (February 2011). Speaker: John L. Murino.
  • "Internet Governance and International Organizations: Myth and Reality," University of Western Ontario (January 2011). Speaker: John L. Murino.
  • "What's Next for the New gTLDs," Crowell & Moring Webinar (December 16, 2010). Speakers: John L. Murino and John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "Accountability in Internet Governance: What's Next?," Kluwer Actua Intellectual Property Conference (November 2010). Invited Speaker: John L. Murino.
  • "ICANN's New gTLD Program: Considerations for Brand Owners," Crowell & Moring Webinar (October 27, 2010). Speaker: John L. Murino and John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "Internet Governance 3.0: Governments, .XXX, and the Future of the Internet," University of Michigan School of Information (December 2009). Speaker: John L. Murino.
  • "Internet Governance: A Case Study," The Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan (December 2008). Speaker: John L. Murino.


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