Beverly A. Johnson

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Mission Viejo, California

Johnson & Bertram LLP
Beverly A. Johnson
Johnson & Bertram LLP

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Creditor Debtor Rights, Bankruptcy; view more

Licensed in California since: 1993

Education: University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024

Johnson & Bertram LLP

27201 Puerta Real, Suite 300
Mission Viejo, CA 92691 Visit website


Attorney Beverly A. Johnson is a partner with Johnson & Bertram LLP law firm in Mission Viejo, California. A nationally ranked trial lawyer with more than 28 years of total legal experience, Ms. Johnson provides unmatched counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Financial services litigation

·       Real estate litigation

·       Contract disputes

·       Trademark and copyright litigation

·       ERISA litigation

·       Health care litigation

·       Shareholder litigation

·       Business torts and unfair competition

·       Judicial and nonjudicial foreclosure judgment enforcement

·       Collections pre-litigation advice and counseling

As an attorney, Ms. Johnson has gained a reputation for her remarkable problem-solving skills as well as her unwavering commitment to helping her clients obtain their goals and the favorable outcomes they seek as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. She has worked with a variety of companies in various industries, from small, privately owned companies to Fortune 500 corporations.

At all turns, Ms. Johnson provides the highly personalized counsel her clients need to make the best-informed decisions, and she has received excellent client ratings on Avvo as well as many testimonials and referrals from those she has served. She is also a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators named her an America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigator for Southern California in 2018.

A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Finance, Ms. Johnson attended the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor cum laude in 1993. While there, she served as notes editor for the Southern California Law Review, and she received the American Jurisprudence Award for Pretrial Advocacy.

She is an active member of the Federal Bar Association's Orange County Chapter, the Orange County Bar Association's Business Litigation Section and The State Bar of California, among her other professional affiliations. She also serves on the board of directors of Crime Survivors, Inc.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Creditor Debtor Rights: Business, Bankruptcy: Business, Intellectual Property Litigation

Focus areas

Bankruptcy Law, Collections, Debt Discharge, Foreclosure, Loan Modifications, Trade Secret

  • 50% Business Litigation
  • 30% Creditor Debtor Rights: Business
  • 10% Bankruptcy: Business
  • 10% Intellectual Property Litigation

First Admitted: 1993, California

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • State Bar of California
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Orange County Bar Association Masters Division, 2023
  • Orange County Bar Association, member, 2023
  • USC Marshall School of Business Orange County Alumni Association, Board Member (2018-2023), 2023
  • ProVisors, Inc. - Mergers & Acquisitions III, Orange County, California; OC Technology focus group, Orange County, California, 2023
Educational Background:
  • B.S. (Business Administration, Finance emphasis), University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, Summa Cum Laude, 1990
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Pretrial Advocacy, 1992
  • Southern California Law Review, Notes Editor, Vol. 66
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presentation to 40 legal and non-legal industry professionals regarding specified terms in buy-sell and merger agreements with particularly significant ramifications in litigation, Presenter, Potential Pitfalls in M&A Litigation and How to Address Them, Middle-market Lenders, Investment Consultants, 2017
  • “Recent Developments in California Mechanic’s Lien Law,” Los Angeles County Bar Association (speaker)
  • Presentation to Orange County ProVisors Technology and Mergers & Acquisition Groups, Co-Presenter, Trade Secrets and Protecting Them Against Misappropriation: The What, Why, and How, Technology Developers, Tech Company Executives, Bankers, Middle Market Lenders, Venture Capitalists, 2019
  • Authored an article published on law firm's website and transmitted to 15 offices worldwide, Author, California’s New e-Discovery Law, Dorsey & Whitney LLP eUpdate, Legal, 2009
  • I was interviewed in connection with a sexting incident involving two high school-aged girls arrested in Indiana for posting sexually explicit photos of themselves online. The article addressed the burgeoning clash between First Amendment rights to free expression and criminal laws prohibiting such behavior., Interviewee, School Sued for Punishing Teens Over MySpace Pix, AP online article, 2009
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • In re Lopez Roman, 599 B.R. 87 (Bankr., C.D. Cal. 2019): Lead counsel for creditors and in appeal; Obtained summary judgment, after appeal by trustee to Ninth Circuit bankruptcy appellate panel and remand to lower court, in favor of commercial creditor-client against Bankruptcy Trustee in voidable preference adversary action.  Judgment entered in favor of clients., 2019
  • Innovation Ventures, LLC v. N2G Distrib., Inc., 2014 WL 10384643 (C.D. Cal. Dec. 10, 2014) Won significant post-judgment costs award after successful civil contempt trial against judgment debtors, in connection with creditor-client's successful efforts to enforce and collect its multi-million dollar judgment against judgment debtors.  Matter concluded in 2015 upon judgment debtors' payment to creditor-clients in full satisfaction of the judgment, plus costs, post-judgment interest, and attorneys' fees awarded after two contempt trials in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Judge Andre Birotte presiding, and in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, Judge Wayne Johnson presiding., 2014
  • Innovation Ventures, LLC, dba Living Essentials, Ltd. v. N2G Distrib., Inc., et al., 2014 WL 10384642 (C.D. Cal. July 9, 2014):  Obtained temporary restraining order in favor of judgment creditor-client prohibiting, inter alia, judgment debtors' asset transfers and establishment of additional business entities during judgment enforcement efforts, as well as an order against the debtors and their counsel to show cause why they should not be held in contempt of court.  Debtors eventually found in contempt of court and ordered to pay creditors over $200,000 in attorneys' fees and costs (in addition to amount owed on judgment). , 2014
  • Innovation Ventures, LLC v. N2G Distrib., Inc., 2013 WL 10967406 (C.D. Cal. Nov. 26, 2013) (Order granting my client's motion to amend its $1.75 million judgment, to add additional judgment debtors on alter ego, successor-in-interest, and equitable grounds), 2013
  • The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists v. Hansen, 2008 W.L. 5096902 (C.D. Cal., Dec. 2, 2008): Obtained Final Judgment and permanent injunction in favor of client against copyright infringers, 2008
  • Steele Software Systems Corp. v. DataQuick Info. Systems, Inc., 492 F.3d 520 (4th Cir. 2007): Lead counsel in five-day arbitration and at oral argument in Maryland federal district court and in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; in this oft-cited published opinion, the Fourth Circuit affirmed Maryland district court's order confirming $6.1 million arbitration award in favor of my client and the Judgment entered thereon.  As lead counsel, I was responsible for all judgment enforcement efforts; in 2017, entirety owed on Judgment (over $7.1 million) was collected via those efforts. , 2007
  • Steele Software Systems Corp. v. DataQuick Info. Systems, Inc., 237 F.R.D. 561 (D. Md. 2006):  Obtained court order from Judge Paul Grimm, compelling judgment debtor to produce all documents related to affiliated entities controlling by debtor's president, sole shareholder, and owner, 2006
  • Mechanical Wholesale Corp. v. The Fuji Bank, 42 Cal. App. 4th 1647 (1996):  Second chair as first-year associate on state court appeal by contractor of lower court order sustaining my demurrer to contractor's complaint seeking a California stop notice against funds held in a California-domiciled bank as to a commercial construction project in the State of Hawaii; order affirmed on appeal, 1996
  • Membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to attorneys who have won multi-million dollar awards, verdicts, and judgments, including through settlements.   The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is a prestigious group of trial lawyers in the United States., Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2023
  • Recipient, Web Wise Kids, Inc. "Champion for Children" certificate, Award Recipient, Web Wise Kids, Inc., 2012
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Crime Survivors, Inc., Director, 2014-2021, 2023
  • Orange County Crime Stoppers, Director, 2011-2014, 2014
  • Web Wise Kids, Inc., Irvine, California; Section 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, Member, Board of Directors; Finance Committee (2007-2012), 2012
  • Public Law Center, pro bono attorney while Of Counsel at Dorsey & Whitney LLP (2005-2007); Representation of human trafficking victim, trafficked into Irvine, California from Taiwan as a minor; Succeeded in obtaining a T-Visa for victim as well as a mid-six-figure settlement with traffickers after filing suit for wage and hour violations, overtime, and emotional distress, 2007
Industry Groups:
  • Accounting
  • Banking
  • Data Analytics
  • Finance
  • Food And Beverage
  • M&A
  • Supermarket/grocery
  • Technology
  • Venture Capital

Office location for Beverly A. Johnson

27201 Puerta Real, Suite 300
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Phone: 949-420-4605


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