Before opening his own firm at the end of 2015, Mr. Johnson was a senior litigation partner in the law firm Morgan Lewis. He earned a reputation as a premier civil trial lawyer, specializing in complex patent and intellectual property matters. He has successfully tried numerous high stakes, high profile cases for technology clients from Silicon Valley to Seoul.
Mr. Johnson’s skills have been recognized repeatedly over the years. He has been acknowledged various publications as a top Intellectual Property Trial Lawyer. He is rated among the top lawyers in America by Chambers US, IP 360, the Daily Journal and Super Lawyer magazine. He has a string of some of the largest verdicts in the country; 2015 (AMF), 2013 (ActiveVideo), 2011 (LG), 2009 (Phillips Lumileds), 2005 (Compuware).
Mr. Johnson began his law career in 1973 in the Office of the Attorney General of the State of California, where he was a Deputy AG. From there, he joined the San Francisco law firm now known as Cooley LLP. He eventually became the first African American partner at that firm. He continued to develop his skills as a litigator in the technology space as a senior partner at Fenwick & West LLP, before joining Morgan Lewis in 2005.
Mr. Johnson grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from UC Berkeley and Yale Law School.
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Inns of Court, Intellectual Property Section
Hall of Fame Inductee, Charles Houston Bar Association
2009 + 2015
2006 – 2015
2006 & 2008
1997 - 1998
ActiveVideo Networks v. Verizon
ADT v. Kreativ
Aero Union v. U.S.
AIBT v. Varian
AOS v. Fairchild
AOS v. Siliconix
Atmel v. Silicon Storage Technologies, Inc. (SST)
Bertelsmann v. BV Management
Biosearch v. Life Tech
Boyd v. Global Vision Products
Cal State Hayward v. NCAA
City of Oakland v. Cordoba
Comcast v. City of Oaklan
Compuware v. IBM
Epistar v. Lumileds
Federal Home Loan Bank v. Bell Saving
Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corp. v. Angell, Homes & Lea (838 F.2d 395)
Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corp. v. David Butler and Miles Cobb (904 F.2d 505)
Finisar v. Source Photonics
Green Hills Software, Inc. v. Integrated Systems, Inc. (ISI)
Handspring v. Dataquil
HNC v. TSAI
Imatec v. Apple
John Meyer v. Fidelity Savings, et al.
L.G.Philips LCD Co. v. Chunghwa Picture Tubes
Lexar v. Sandisk
Life Tech v. Biosearch
LG Philips v. Tatung
Lumileds v. Epistar
McKesson Information Systems Inc. v. Bridge Medical Inc.
Meyer v. FSLIC MLC v.BTG
NCR v. Palm and Handspring
Nestor v. HNC
Nidec v. JVC
Nortel Networks v. Optical Networks Inc. (ONI)
NXP v. LSI
O2 Micro v. Monolithic Power Systems
Openwave v. 724 Solutions
RIAA v. Napster
Sony v. Thorner
Stansight v. Scientific Atlanta
Sunrise Laser v. ADT
Telenav v. Emsat
Televisa v. Telemundo
Thorner v. Sony
University of Pittsburgh v. Varian Medical Systems
Varian v. AIBT