Douglas L. Johnson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Beverly Hills, CA

Johnson & Johnson, LLP
 | 439 North Canon Drive, Suite 200
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310-975-1080
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018
Selected to Rising Stars: 2006 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (60%),
  • Entertainment & Sports (30%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Douglas L. Johnson is a founding partner at Johnson & Johnson LLP. Located in Beverly Hills, he focuses his practice on entertainment and sports law as well as intellectual property and business litigation. His client roster includes well-known actors, directors, professional athletes, producers, production companies, record labels and recording artists. Mr. Johnson handles right of publicity cases and in 2016, he represented an actor in such a matter and was able to obtain a seven-figure jury award.

Mr. Johnson routinely handles profit participation disputes against television and movie studios. His clients in these matters have included Jack Klugman, Sylvester Stallone, Richard Dreyfuss and television producer Glen Larson. He has acted as co-lead counsel in class actions against major studios in cases involving home video royalty underpayments, and he represented recording artists in class actions against record companies concerning digital download royalties that ended up in favorable settlements for his clients.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Johnson attended the University of Southern California,  receiving a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1996. He then enrolled at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2000. In private practice for his entire career, Mr. Johnson founded Johnson and Johnson LLP in July 2007. He is admitted to practice before all California state courts as well as before several federal courts including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Mr. Johnson frequently serves as a panelist for the Entertainment Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He has written several articles for scholarly journals, and since 2012 he has been an adjunct professor at Southwestern Law School, where he teaches courses on entertainment and media litigation.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Intellectual Property Litigation (60%)

Entertainment & Sports (30%): Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law

Business Litigation (10%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Focus Areas

Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements


Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 8 years

Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018 Rising Stars: 2006 - 2013

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About Douglas Johnson

Admitted: 2000, California

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  •  Public Relations and the Attorney-Client Privilege, Los Angeles Daily Journal (September 15, 2017)
  • Panelist for Loyola Law School’s Legal Symposium, Injuries Without Remedies (March 26, 2010).
  • Adjunct Professor, Southwestern School Of Law: Entertainment And Media Litigation (2012 To Present).
  • Before You Sign That Deal At Cannes...Produced By (The Official Magazine of The Producers Guild of America), April/May 2017
  • Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal of the New York Bar Association, Hollywood Docket: Social Media, the Law, and You, Fall 2016, Vol. 27, No. 3 (Douglas Johnson & Neville Johnson)
  • A New Way to Revive a Corporation, Los Angeles Daily Journal (October 26, 2016)
  • Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal of the New York Bar Association, Hollywood Docket: "One-Sided World", Summer 2016, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Douglas Johnson & Neville Johnson)
  • Panelist for Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section, The Right of Publicity: The State of The Current Law (March 2014)
  • Donald L. Stone’s Inn of St. Ives: “The Ever-Evolving Courtroom Drama of Net Profits.” (2012)
  • Panelist for Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section, “Right of Publicity:  How Much Is Your Client Really Worth?” (March 21, 2012)
  • Panelist for Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section, “Current Issues in Right of Likeness, Defamation and Privacy (2011)
  • *Douglas L. Johnson & Neville L. Johnson, What Happened to Unjust Enrichment in California? The Deterioration of Equity in the California Courts, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review Vol. 44:277, Fall 2010

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Walker v. Geico General Ins. Co. (9th Cir. 2009) 558 F.3d 1025
  • Gerbosi v. Gaims, Weil, West & Epstein, LLP (2011) 193 Cal.App.4th 435

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Educational Background:

  • B.A. from the University of Southern California (1996) (Dean’s List 1993-1996)

Industry Groups

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
Office Location for Douglas L. Johnson

439 North Canon Drive
Suite 200
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Phone: 310-975-1080


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Last Updated: 12/8/2017

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