Mr. Johnson is a commercial litigation attorney who concentrates his practice on complex commercial, contract and securities litigation, as well as appellate law and appeals.
Mr. Johnson has taught various legal subjects in the Political Science Department at Arizona State University and at Thunderbird School of Global Management, including courses on constitutional and Supreme Court law, and at Thunderbird, negotiation, international law, intellectual property law and antitrust / competition policy.
Successfully represented a major Arizona ski resort in litigation over challenges to its upgrades on federal environmental and religious grounds, including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, in U.S. District Court, at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and in obtaining a denial of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court. Client prevailed in trial court and on appeal in two lawsuits.
Successfully represented an investor in a major case involving allegations of securities fraud in the energy industry.
Successfully represented a local accounting firm against allegations of improper practices.
Successfully represented a large utility in a quiet title action.
Successfully represented a member of a limited liability company in a series of cases involving the development and management of marinas on several large Arizona lakes.
Successfully represented the members of a limited liability company in an internal dispute and sale of its property.
Successfully defended a small business and its owner against allegations of breach of contract and trademark infringement in a jury trial and on appeal.
Local counsel in U.S. District Court in various matters, including insurance defense and patent cases.
Articles and Publications
Honors, Appointments and Awards
Federal Bar Association
Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations
Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest
Past Board Member
International Institute for Strategic Studies - London, England
Admitted to Practice
- U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1985
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1986
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1985
U.S. Naval War College, 1982
M.A., University of San Diego, International Relations, 1981
B.S., U.S. Naval Academy, 1976