Neville L. Johnson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Beverly Hills, CA

Johnson & Johnson, LLP
 | 439 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310-975 1080
Fax: 310-975-1095
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2008, 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Entertainment & Sports (50%),
  • Media and Advertising (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Based in Beverly Hills, California, Neville L. Johnson is a co-founder of Johnson & Johnson LLP. Representing individuals and companies throughout the area, he focuses his practice on entertainment, media, privacy and other complex business litigation. Mr. Johnson was co-lead counsel in Sanders v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., a seminal 1999 California decision that dramatically expanded the scope of a person's right to privacy. In that case, an ABC reporter, who had gone undercover and obtained employment at a telephone psychic advice company, surreptitiously videotaped conversations that another employee was having. The state's highest court ruled on appeal that an employee could have a reasonable expectation of privacy even though the conversation could be overheard by coworkers.

    Mr. Johnson has significant litigation experience at both the trial and appellate levels. He has been counsel in more than 25 jury trials and several dozen bench trials, and he also has significant arbitration experience. He has been nominated for Trial Lawyer of the Year, an award given out annually by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. Mr. Johnson's successes have not gone unnoticed by his fellow attorneys, as evidenced by his receipt of an "Excellent" peer-review rating through Avvo. He has also been named one of Hollywood's Top 100 Attorneys, a list released annually by the Hollywood Reporter.

    Admitted to practice in California, Mr. Johnson is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd and 9th Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of several legal organizations, including the American Association for Justice, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Business Litigation
    • 50%Entertainment & Sports
    • 10%Media and Advertising
    Focus Areas

    Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law, Communications and Media Law


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    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2008, 2015 - 2020

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    About Neville Johnson

    Admitted: 1975, California

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    • One of the top 50 entertainment attorneys in the last two rankings, The Daily Journal, the legal newspaper of Los Angeles
    • Selected as one of the top 100 Power Lawyers in entertainment law by the Hollywood Reporter, 2008-present
    • Nominated for 2005 California Consumer Attorney’s Association of Los Angeles “Trial Lawyer of the Year.”
    • One of the top 50 lawyers in entertainment in 2013
    • Super Lawyer

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Co-Chair Entertainment Section, 2009-2011
    • Consumer Attorneys of California
    • United States District Court for the Central Districts of California
    • National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences
    • United States District Court for the District of Arizona
    • Loyola Productions, Co-Chair of the Board, 2009-present
    • United States Supreme Court
    • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
    • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Board of Governors, 2006-present
    • State Bar of California
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • United States District Court for the Northern Districts of California
    • Fellow of the American Bar Association
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • American Association for Justice
    • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2012-2015
    • Los Angeles Copyright Society
    • United States District Court for the Eastern Districts of California
    • Public Justice, Board of Governors, 2011-present
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • Planning Board USC Entertainment Law Institute, 2011-present
    • American Board of Trial Advocates (invitation only)

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • “Studios Keep Tight Grip on Talent Pay,” Los Angeles Daily Journal (July 13, 2015)
    • “The Man Who Seduced Hollywood,” 36 Los Angeles Lawyer 41 (September 2013, review of book about famed entertainment attorney Greg Bautzer)
    • “To Find Employment as a Lawyer, You Must Market Yourself,” 36 Los Angeles Lawyer 12 (June 2013)
    • “Remedies for Web Defamation,” California Lawyer 36 (May 2013)
    • “Talent Agency Act Survives Suit, Clarity Remains Elusive,” Los Angeles Daily Journal (May 2013)
    • 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
    • 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)
    • Chapter, Johnson and Aradi, “Defamatory Tweeting and Other Name and Likeness Violations” in Building Your Artist’s Brand as a Business, International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (2012)
    • Chapter, Johnson and Fowler, “Litigation: How to Draft Defensively Without Killing the Deal” in Licensing of Music from BC to AD (Before the Change/After Digital), International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (2014)
    • “Privacy and the First Amendment,” California Litigation (2006)
    • In The Musician’s Business & Legal Guide, revised fifth edition (2016), co-author of the chapters, “Analysis of a Personal Management Agreement” and “Music Publishing.”
    • “Ten Rules of Success for the Practice of Law,” Los Angeles Lawyer (2008)
    • Johnson, Walsh and Tweed, “The Danger of “Anti-Libel Tourism” Legislation in America,” Los Angeles Lawyer (2009)
    • 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
    • Authored the best-selling, authorized biography of legendary basketball coach, John Wooden: 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 Sports (2004) and Woodenisms (2011), and a book of love poems, What Took You So Long (2016)
    • Adjunct Professor at Southwestern Law School, teaching Entertainment and Media Litigation, 2012-present


    • Richert v Writers Guild of America west, Inc.
    • Parsons v. Tickner, 31 Cal. App.4th 1513 (1995)
    • Gerbosi v. Gaims, Weil, West & Epstein LLP (2011) 193 Cal.App.4th 435
    • Webb v. Directors Guild of America, Inc.
    • Osmond v. Screen Actors Guild, Inc.

    Educational Background:

    • University of California, Berkeley, Phi Beta Kappa
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    Office Location for Neville L. Johnson

    439 North Canon Drive
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    Phone: 310-975 1080

    Fax: 310-975-1095

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