Jeffrey M. Johnson


Jeffrey Johnson has more than 30 years of experience as a first-chair trial attorney. His initial first-chair trial experience was as a third-year associate in 1983, when he successfully defended an alleged assassin against the extradition demands of the governments of Argentina and the United States. Since then, he has had the opportunity to try dozens of cases in substantively diverse areas of the law, handling and trying through verdict:

  • antitrust cases
  • insurance coverage disputes
  • intellectual property cases
  • professional liability issues
  • internal corporate and partnership disputes
  • commercial fraud matters
  • environmental suits

Jeff’s trial practice has been exceptionally diverse, including notable cases involving CERCLA claims, patent infringement charges, monopolization and price-fixing under Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act, shareholder disputes, trade secret matters, and insurance coverage actions on behalf of corporate policyholders. In his most recent trial success, Jeff recovered $400 million for his clients in a Section 1 price-fixing antitrust action.

In addition to his extensive trial experience, Jeff has been involved in numerous investigations, both for internal corporate use and in defending charges brought by various federal agencies and inspectors general involving alleged government contract fraud.

While in law school, Jeff served as an editor of the Georgetown Law Review. He has lectured and is published in the areas of intellectual property litigation and trial practice.

Outside the Firm

Jeff served for several years as the President of Bethesda Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, where he is an average golfer.


  • 2015, Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll



  • American Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
Professional Activities

Jeff served for several years as a director of the Council for Court Excellence in Washington, D.C. He is a former Barrister of the Charles Fahy American Inn of Court and Master of the Giles Sutherland Rich American Inn of Court. He is currently a member of the Barristers, an invitation-only association of outstanding trial lawyers and judges in Washington

He is also active in pro bono activities and has served as litigation counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union in Maryland.



  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court - Maryland
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • Denison University, BA, cum laude
  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD