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John Ganahl works out of our Fresno office where his main areas of practice are private placements, securities law regulation (excluding public companies), business start-ups and acquisitions and debtor side lending. He has experience in a wide range of private securities matters, including multi-state and international (Regulation S) offerings. John also has extensive experience in advising clients regarding private equity transactions and other capital generation projects. He represents and counsels clients of all sizes in the areas of business startups, acquisitions and sales of businesses, entity formation and operations, and complex debt financing matters. His clients include those in the e-commerce, software, professional sports, health care, real estate, product distribution and manufacturing business sectors.

The practice of law is truly in the family blood, and John’s grandfather and father were both attorneys, and his daughter and one of her cousins are also now attorneys. John cherishes his relationships created with clients and fellow attorneys; and receives great satisfaction in closing a deal, and obtaining good results.

Away from work, you’ll probably find John running; taking trips to the coast; walking the dog; or savoring food and wine with friends. John also spends time in the Phoenix area visiting friends, hiking in the Spur Cross Ranch and McDowell Mountain areas and enjoying Southwestern cuisine.

John has been involved in a number of community activities, including director and president of the Notre Dame Club of Central California; alumni senator, University of Notre Dame Alumni Association; director, Fresno Zoological Society, member and director (two terms) of Fig Garden Rotary Club; and director and president of the Hoop Club (Fresno State Women’s Basketball). For a number of years, John was also one of the race directors of the Two Cities Marathon in the Fresno/Clovis area.


  • J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame
  • Beta Alpha Psi

Areas Of Practice

Our business and finance attorneys represent national, regional and local clients participating in significant transactions.

For More Than 137 Years – Helping Our Clients Realize Their Vision For Responsible Development In The American West

Fennemore boasts a large and sophisticated client-focused Mergers and Acquisitions practice.

Our real estate practice is one of the largest in the American West, including Arizona, California, Colorado and Nevada with experience in all aspects of the real estate development process, from due diligence, acquisition and finance, through land use permitting and entitlements, to leasing and sale.


  • Nonprofit Law
  • Private Equity and Securities

Professional and community activities

  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, California Lawyers Association, Business Law Section
  • A Founder of and Legal Counsel since 1978 for Ag One, California State University, Fresno
  • Member, Fresno County Bar Association, Real Property Law Section; Delegate, Conference of Delegates, 1980-1983
  • Board of Directors, Fresno County Legal Services, 1975-1978


  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California