Attorney, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, Los Angeles, CA, Neville L. Johnson, Douglas L.
Johnson, Nicholas A. Kurtz, Mathias D. Maciejewski, Erin L. Pfaff, business law, business
litigation, contingency litigation, consumer class action, tortious disputes, contractual
disputes, llegal news gathering tactics, surreptitious news reporting, entertainment law,
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Johnson & Johnson, LLP has garnered extensive experience in the following areas:
The firm’s lawyers are well known for handling numerous high profile and
wide-reaching entertainment matters. We have represented actors, producers, directors,
screenwriters, authors, personal managers, production companies, musicians, composers,
publishers, and independent record companies.
Complex Business Litigation/Class Action Litigation
We represent companies and individuals in complex business
litigation. Representative matters include: partnership disputes, breach of fiduciary
duty, fraud, actions for breach of contract, unfair competition, and consumer class
Intellectual Property Litigation
The lawyers at the firm specialize in copyright law, idea protection law, trade secret
law, trademark law, domain name disputes, and cybersquatting litigation.
Defamation, Media, and First Amendment Law
Rights of Privacy and Publicity
Neville L. Johnson is a
founding partner of Johnson & Johnson, LLP. He specializes in media, entertainment,
class action, privacy, and complex business litigation matters. Mr. Johnson is a graduate
of the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He received his
law degree from Southwestern University School of Law, graduating at the top of his class.
Some of his significant experiences include:
Nominated for 2005 California Consumer Attorney’s Association of
Los Angeles "Trial Lawyer of the Year."
Deemed a 2006 "SuperLawyer" in the areas of
business/corporate, arts & entertainment, and constitutional law (SuperLawyers
recognizes the top 5% of attorneys in California).
Gained substantial trial experience with over 23 civil jury trials,
dozens of bench trials, and over 100 criminal cases.
Chaired three jury verdicts in excess of seven figures, including
obtaining a 2004 award for nearly $15 million in a business fraud case.
Effectuated a variety of settlements, including numerous settlements
in excess of $1 million and two in excess of $10 million.
Obtained unanimous California Supreme Court decision in landmark
ruling enhancing the right of privacy for all Californians. Sanders v. American
Broadcasting Companies, Inc., 987 P.2d 67 (Cal. 1999).
Taught many courses and appeared on panels relating to entertainment
law, copyright law, media law, and litigation and on numerous national television and
radio shows to discuss the right of privacy and other media matters.
Subject of a law review article - Richards & Calvert, Suing
the Media, Supporting the First Amendment: the Paradox of Neville Johnson and the Battle
for Privacy, 67 Albany Law Review 1097 (2004).
Elder, Johnson & Rishwain, Establishing Constitutional Malice
for Defamation and Privacy/False Light Claims When Hidden Cameras and Deception Are Used
by the Newsgatherer, 22 Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review 327 (2002) (a
major article on journalist ethics and the law of libel and privacy).
Johnson, Rishwain & Elder, Caught in the Act, Los
Angeles Lawyer, 33 (April 1998) (an analysis of current trends in the right of privacy).
Johnson & Lang, 1979, The Personal Manager in the California
Entertainment Industry, 52 Southern California Law Review 375 (a definitive article
on the regulation of talent agents, personal managers, and the interplay of entertainment
unions and guilds in that nexus).
In The Musician’s Business & Legal Guide (2001), Mr. Johnson
wrote the chapters, Music Publishing, Practical Aspects of Securing Major
Label Agreements, Analysis of a Personal Management Agreement, The
Internet and Music, and Analysis of a Single Song Agreement.
Mr. Johnson has also authored the biography of legendary basketball
coach, John Wooden, now in its third printing: The John Wooden Pyramid of Success,
Second Revised Edition, subtitled The Biography, Oral History, Philosophy and Ultimate
Guide to Life, Leadership Friendship and Love by the Greatest Coach in the History of
State Bar of California
United States District Court for the Central, Eastern, and Northern
Districts of California and District Court of Arizona
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Third Circuits
United States Supreme Court
Academy of Country Music (General Counsel)
American Board of Trial Advocates
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Association of Business Trial Lawyers
Beverly Hills Bar Association
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (Board of Governors -
Consumer Attorneys of California
Los Angeles Copyright Society
Los Angeles County Bar Association
National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (as a
professional musician and producer)