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
Fax: 310-975-1095
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2020
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 settled a class action for upaid home video royalties against Universal Pictures for 25 million dollars in 2017.  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

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 8 years

Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2006 - 2013

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About Douglas Johnson

Admitted: 2000, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.jjllplaw.com/attorneys/douglas-l-johnson/

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Entertainment Contracts With Minors in New York and California, New York State Bar Association, Arts and Sports Law Journal, Vol. 30, No. 1, Spring, 2019, Author, Entertainment Contracts with Minors in New York and California, New York State Bar Association, Arts and Sports Law Journal, Vol. 30, No. 1, Spring 2019, 2019
  • Panelist, “Entertainment Year in Review: Entertainment Litigation With Stars Of The Bar,” Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section, 2017, Panelist, “Entertainment Year in Review: Entertainment Litigation With Stars Of The Bar”, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section, Entertainment/Intellectual Property Litigation, 2012
  • Panelist, “Backend Optics: Profit Participations Through Different Lenses,” Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section, 2018 , Panelist, “Backend Optics: Profit Participations Through Different Lenses", Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section, 2018
  • When Will Legal Communication Result In Liability?, Los Angeles Daily Journal, March, 2019, Author, When Will Legal Communication Result In Liability?, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Media Law, 2019
  • Defamation and Invasion of Privacy in the Internet Age, Southwestern Journal of International Law, Volume XXV, 2019, Author , Defamation and Invasion of Privacy in the Internet Age, Southwestern Journal of International Law, Volume XXV, 2019, Privacy Law, 2019
  • Hollywood Docket: Essential Clauses for Drafting an Ironclad Release and Consent Agreement. New York State Bar Association, Arts and Sports Law Journal, Spring 2018, Vol. 29, No.1.  , Author, Hollywood Docket: Essential Clauses for Drafting an Ironclad Release and Consent Agreement. , New York State Bar Association, Arts and Sports Law Journal, Spring 2018, Vol. 29, No1, Entertainment Law, 2018
  • Panelist for Loyola Law School’s Legal Symposium, Injuries Without Remedies (March 26, 2010)., Panelist, Injuries Without Remedies, Loyola Law School’s Legal Symposium, 2010
  • *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, Author, 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, Remedies, 2010
  • Panelist for Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section, “Current Issues in Right of Likeness, Defamation and Privacy (2011), Panelist, “Current Issues in Right of Likeness, Defamation and Privacy", Panelist for Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2011
  • Panelist for Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section, “Right of Publicity:  How Much Is Your Client Really Worth?” (March 21, 2012), Panelist, “Right of Publicity:  How Much Is Your Client Really Worth?”, Panelist for Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2012
  • Donald L. Stone’s Inn of St. Ives: “The Ever-Evolving Courtroom Drama of Net Profits.” (2012), Panelist, “The Ever-Evolving Courtroom Drama of Net Profits.”, Southwestern School of Law: Donald L. Stone’s Inn of St. Ives, Entertainment Law/Contract Litigation, 2012
  • Adjunct Professor at Southwestern School of Law: 2012 to Present, Adjunct Professor, Southwestern School Of Law: Entertainment And Media Litigation (2012 To Present)., 2012
  • Panelist for Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section, The Right of Publicity: The State of The Current Law (March 2014), Panelist, The Right of Publicity: The State of The Current Law, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section, 2014
  • 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), Author, Hollywood Docket: "One-Sided World", Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal of the New York Bar Association, Vol. 27, No. 2, Entertainment Law, 2016
  • A New Way to Revive a Corporation, Los Angeles Daily Journal (October 26, 2016), Author, A New Way to Revive a Corporation, Los Angeles Daily Journal (October 26, 2016), Los Angeles Daily Journal , Corporate Law, 2016
  • Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal of the New York Bar Association, Fall 2016, Vol. 27, No. 3, Author, Hollywood Docket: Social Media, the Law, and You, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal of the New York Bar Association, Fall 2016, Vol. 27, No. 3, Entertainment Law, 2016
  • Before You Sign That Deal At Cannes...Produced By (The Official Magazine of The Producers Guild of America), April/May 2017, Author, Before You Sign That Deal At Cannes..., Produced By (The Official Magazine of The Producers Guild of America), Entertainment Law, 2017
  •  Public Relations and the Attorney-Client Privilege, Los Angeles Daily Journal (September 15, 2017), Author,  Public Relations and the Attorney-Client Privilege, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Media Law, 2017
  • Hollywood Docket: Making the Perfect Pitch. New York State Bar Association, Arts and Sports Law Journal, Fall/Winter 2017, Vol. 27, No.3, Author, Hollywood Docket: Making the Perfect Pitch, New York State Bar Association, Arts and Sports Law Journal, Entertainment Law, 2017
  • Tales and Lessons Regarding the Right of Publicity.  USC Entertainment Law Spotlight: 2018, Issue 2.  , Author, Tales and Lessons Regarding the Right of Publicity., USC Entertainment Law Spotlight, Issue 2. , 2018
  • Panelist for California Society of Entertainment Lawyers, "I'm a Celebrity, You Can't Do That, (Can You?)." July 2018. , Panelist, "I'm a Celebrity, You Can't Do That, (Can You?)., California Society of Entertainment Lawyers, 2018

Verdicts/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

Representative Clients:

  • WorldStarHipHop.com

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Global Law Experts awarded Douglas Johnson's law firm, Right of Publicity Law Frim of the Year in California., 2019

Educational Background:

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

Industry Groups

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association; Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
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Office Location for Douglas L. Johnson

439 North Canon Drive
Suite 200
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Phone: 310-975-1080

Fax: 310-975-1095

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Last Updated: 9/17/2019

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