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Background

Brett Johnson is Of Counsel and one of the founding members of the firm’s Dallas office. Mr. Johnson formerly served on the Firm’s Management and Finance Committees and previously was the Deputy Practice Group Leader for the firm’s litigation practice group. Mr. Johnson prides himself on learning a client’s business and conducting cases in a way that is consistent with the client’s overall business objectives.  His practice emphasizes all aspects of complex commercial and intellectual property litigation including patent, trademark, trade secret and unfair competition. Mr. Johnson recently obtained  favorable litigation/arbitration results for clients including Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks, Bank of America and Sabre, Inc. Additionally, Mr. Johnson has defended numerous clients in commercial class actions in state and federal courts and has supervised multiple internal corporate investigations. He is experienced in arbitration matters before the American Arbitration Association and in litigation matters before Federal District Courts, the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Oregon and Texas state trial and appellate courts, including the Texas Supreme Court.

Education

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law 1994
Managing Staff Editor, SMU Law Review
cum laude, Order of the Coif, Order of Barristers


B.B.A., Baylor University 1991

Admissions

  • Texas 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Clerkships

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, The Honorable Paul N. Brown, 1994 - 1996

Memberships & Affiliations

​Member: Founding Master in Barbara M.G. Lynn Inn of Court; Dallas Bar Association; State Bar of Texas; Dallas Association of Young Lawyers; Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court; National Institute of Trial Advocacy; Board of Directors for the Dallas Summer Musicals. 
Honors: Named an "Up and Coming" Intellectual Property Attorney by Chambers USA 2011. Listed in the 2009 Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers for Business Litigation. Named by his peers as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2004-2006 and 2009-2011. Named as a Texas Rising Star in 2004. Voted as one of "The Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas" in the May 2002 issue of D Magazine.

Other Distinctions

Publications include: Unique Problems in Trade Secret Litigation: Remedies and Procedural Strategies–A Plaintiff’s View, Law Seminars International (June 2003); Race and Sex Discrimination Update, University of Houston Employment Law Seminar (March 1998, February 1999).

Experience

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