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Ian L. Johnson

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Ian L. JohnsonSenior Of CounselDownload PDFvCard510.808.2000


Ian Johnson has an extensive litigation background that includes complex commercial litigation, mass torts, product liability, and international arbitration. He has handled construction matters, securities and white-collar matters, real estate litigation, internal investigations pursuant to regulatory inquiries, and employment litigation.

Ian also performs significant pro bono work, having defended clients in approximately three dozen cases. Three of those cases went to trial, with two ending in settlement and one in a verdict for the client.

Representative Matters

Ian’s broad range of litigation experience includes:

  • Defending four officers and directors in a state-court derivative and breach of contract action
  • Assisting the receiver of an insolvent manufacturing company in international arbitrations relating to the carve-out and sale of its photo-imaging business
  • Representing foreign companies in federal multi-district litigation relating to the manufacture and sale of allegedly defective drywall
  • Representing a major chemical manufacturer in state-court asbestos litigation
  • Assisting the claimant in an international arbitration involving the wrongful termination of auto dealership agreements
  • Representing the claimant in a domestic arbitration relating to the wrongful termination of restaurant franchise agreements
  • Defending an investment management company in employment litigation
  • Representing a European media conglomerate in an investment-treaty arbitration related to the client’s purchase of a mobile phone provider
  • Assisting a major manufacturer of lawn and pet care products in a nationwide product-liability class action
  • Representing a manufacturer of medical devices in a libel action brought by former employees
  • Defending a construction supply company in a wage-and-hour class action
  • Defending a pharmaceuticals manufacturer in two series of product-liability cases pending in several state jurisdictions
  • Defending a major ship-owning and ship-management company in an international arbitration relating to a contract for the transshipment of coal


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