Professional Details

Edward Johnson

Senior Attorney

Edward Johnson represents companies and individuals in a wide variety of complex civil litigation matters, including patent infringement, trade secret, M&A-related, securities class, derivative, commercial, contract, antitrust, employment and tax disputes.  Mr. Johnson’s clients have included businesses in numerous industries, including semiconductor, messaging, pharmaceutical, banking and other financial services, food production and marketing, and real estate development. He has litigated in state and federal courts throughout the U.S.  Prior to joining TO, Mr. Johnson practiced at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP for ten years.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully obtained summary judgment for a semiconductor company in a contractual dispute related to post-closing obligations following an acquisition. 
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in high-profile securities litigation arising from its unsolicited offer to acquire another pharmaceutical company.
  • Represented the former CEO of a semiconductor company in trade secrets and wrongful termination actions against his former company, as well as in securities class action and derivative class action suits relating to an earnings restatement.
  • Successfully sought a writ from the California Court of Appeal reversing, in a published decision, the trial court’s grant of summary adjudication.  (Lidow v. Superior Court, 206 Cal. App. 4th 351 (2012).)
  • Represented a leading messaging company in several patent infringement actions in U.S. District Court and on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Also successfully defended the company and its subsidiaries against antitrust claims brought by several defendants in the infringement suits.
  • Represented members of the board of directors of a multinational food company in litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery challenging the acquisition of the company by the controlling shareholder. Secured pre-trial dismissal of all claims against the board members.
  • Obtained a writ of supersedeas from the California Court of Appeal preventing the City of Los Angeles from enforcing an order to vacate a building during the pendency of an appeal concerning the validity of the building’s permits.
  • On behalf of a pro bono client, obtained voluntary dismissal of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after the case was fully briefed, resulting in the order of removal against an undocumented alien being vacated.