Brendan V. Johnson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Sioux Falls, SD

Robins Kaplan LLP
 | 140 N Phillips Ave, Suite 307
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605-335-1300
Fax: 605-740-7199
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    A former U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota, Brendan V. Johnson is now a partner at the Sioux Falls office of Robins Kaplan LLP. He is the co-chair of the firm's American Indian law and policy group as well as of its government and internal investigations group, and he represents clients throughout South Dakota and in other states as well. Admitted to practice in both South Dakota and Wisconsin, Mr. Johnson is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

    In addition to the practice areas mentioned above, Mr. Johnson has represented plaintiffs in medical malpractice and other types of personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Other civil litigation matters that he has handled have included financial markets cases, where he has represented both individual and institutional investors as well as financial companies. Mr. Johnson also has experience in estate administration and litigation, where he has worked with fiduciaries and beneficiaries. His successful track record in all his professional endeavors has led to his being selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Johnson is also the 2013 recipient of the University of South Dakota Women in Law Attorney of the Year Award.

    Mr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of South Dakota, where he majored in history and received a Bachelor of Science in 1998. He then went on to attend the University of Virginia School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2001.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 40%Business Litigation
    • 20%Estate & Trust Litigation
    • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 10%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Personal Injury - Plaintiff

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    Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020

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  • Inside the Indictments (2016) - Concise review of recent Department of Justice actions against service providers in tribal lending field. 

  • About Brendan Johnson

    Admitted: 2001, South Dakota

    Professional Webpage: https://www.robinskaplan.com/lawyers/brendan-johnson

    Honors/Awards:

    • "Attorney of the Year," University of South Dakota Women in Law, 2013
    • Harry S. Truman Scholar, 1993
    • "South Dakota Violence Against Women Prosecutor of the Year”, 2013
    • Named a "Notable Practitioner in Native American Law," Chambers USA (2018), Notable Practitioner in Native American Law, Chambers USA, 2018
    • Named to the The Best Lawyers in America List, 2020
    • "Top 500 Most Influential in Politics," Campaigns and Elections Magazine (2013), Top 500 Most Influential in Politics, Campaigns and Elections Magazine, 2013
    • Top 40 Politicians Under the Age of 40," Washington Post (2014), Top 40 Politicians Under the Age of 40, Washington Post , 2014
    • "Pathbreaker of the Year," Shared Hope International  (2014), Pathbreaker of the Year, Shared Hope International, 2014
    • Named to Indian Country Business Today’s “Hot List” (2016), Indian Country Business Today's "Hot List", Indian Country Business Today, 2016
    • Named an "Up-and-Coming attorney" in Native American Law, Chambers (2017), Up-and-Coming Attorney in Native American Law, Chambers USA, 2017

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
    • U.S. District Court, South Dakota
    • South Dakota
    • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
    • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
    • Minnesota

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Litigated against the state of South Dakota and Indian Health Services

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • A Primer on Federal Criminal Jurisdiction for the National Media, University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico (June 25, 2010)
    • The Future of Federal Law Enforcement in Indian Country, National Congress of American Indians (June 21, 2010)
    • State Bar Association of South Dakota Annual Conference, Keynote Speaker, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (June 20, 2014)
    • Crime Trends in South Dakota, Regional FBI Management Meeting, Brainerd, Minnesota (June 25, 2010)
    • Tribal Law and Order Act One Year Later: Have We Improved Public Safety and Justice Throughout Indian Country?, United States Senate India Affairs Committee, Department of Justice Witness (September 22, 2011)
    • Overview of Indian Country Law, State Bar Association of South Dakota and Committee on Continuing Legal Education, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (June 23, 2011)
    • National FBI Training on Domestic Violence, Instructor, Rapid City, South Dakota (May 11, 2011)
    • Update for Assistant United States Attorneys on Indian Country Strategies, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina (July 31, 2012)
    • Changing Dynamics on the Reservations, National Intertribal Youth Summit, Chevy Chase, Maryland (July 30, 3012)
    • Update on Efforts to Improve Public Safety in Indian Country, National Congress of America Indians Mid-Year Conference, Lincoln, Nebraska (July 18, 2012)
    • Strategies to Reduce Crime on Reservations, Indian Law and Order Commission, Arlington, Virginia (March 7, 2012)
    • The Future of Prosecuting Healthcare Fraud, Information Security Media Group Podcast (August 5, 2014)
    • Reflections on Department of Justice Cases in South Dakota, Black Hills Forum and Press Club, Rapid City, South Dakota (June 26, 2015)
    • Coordinating a Successful Human Trafficking Investigation and Prosecution, Human Trafficking Training for Law Enforcements, Phoenix, Arizona (August 26, 2014)
    • Human Trafficking in Indian Country, Four Corners Tribal Public Safety Conference, Flagstaff, Arizona (August 28, 2014)
    • Shared Hope International’s Human Trafficking Conference, Keynote Speaker, Washington, D.C. (November 7, 2014)
    • Overview of South Dakota Litigation, South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, Rapid City, South Dakota (June 18, 2015)
    • Eric Holder's Justice Department: People and Policies, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston, Massachusetts (October 6, 2015)
    • Human Trafficking and Native American Victims, National Congress of American Indians, St. Paul, Minnesota (June 29, 2015)
    • Homegrown Human Trafficking in the Heartland, Minnesota Criminal Justice Institute, St. Paul, Minnesota (August 17, 2015)
    • Update on Criminal Justice Issues in Indian Country, Spokane Bar Association Spokane, Washington (March 4, 2016)
    • The Future of Water Rights in Indian Country, Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance, Pierre, South Dakota (December 2, 2015)
    • Eric Holder's Justice Department: People, Process, and Policies, Minnesota DFL Lawyers, Minneapolis, Minnesota (March 9, 2016)
    • Human Trafficking in Indian Country, Gonzaga Native American Law Students Association and Gonzaga Journal of International Law, Spokane, Washington (March 3, 2016)
    • Adoption, Fatherhood and Love, The Shriver Report (June 13, 2014)
    • Eric Holder’s Justice Department: People, Process, and Policies, Mitchell Hamline Alumni CLE, St. Paul, Minnesota (March 10, 2016)
    • Update on Cannabis Law, National Reservation Economic Summit Las Vegas, Nevada (March 23, 2016)
    • The Future of Tribal Economic Development, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, Tulsa, Oklahoma (July 12, 2016)
    • The Future of Tribal Lending, Lenders Alliance, Washington, D.C. (July 26, 2016)
    • Human Trafficking and Major Sports Events: How Communities Can Prepare, Robins Kaplan LLP Trial Advocacy Seminar (October 13, 2016)
    • Tribal Cannabis: State of PlayVictor Strategies Tribal Cannabis & Hemp Symposium, Tulalip Reservation, Seattle, Washington (November 2, 2016)
    • A Legal Tale: The Politics & Policies of Cannabis in Indian Country, National Indian Gaming Association Convention,San Diego, California (April 11, 2017)
    • Sovereign Immunity at the PTAB, Intellectual Property Owners Association, Webinar (October 11, 2017)
    • Sovereign Immunity at the PTAB: Gimmick or Genius?, Intellectual Property Owners Association, Webinar (October 24, 2017)
    • The Department of Justice under President Trump: Cannabis and Other Priorities Impacting Indian Country, National Indian Gaming Association Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada (April 18, 2018)
    • The Future of Tribal Financial Regulation, Wiring the Rez: Innovative Strategies for Business Development via E-Commerce CLE Conference, Chandler, Arizona (February 1, 2018)
    • Tribal Cannabis and Hemp Ventures: Answers or More Questions?, Native American Finance Officers Association, New Orleans, Louisiana (April 24, 2018)
    • Strategies to Address Human Trafficking at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, South Dakota Trust Association Fall Forum, Vermillion, South Dakota (September 27, 2018)
    • Tribal Consultation Under the Trump Administration, Tribal Law Institute – CLE International, Scottsdale, Arizona (October 11, 2018)
    • Minimizing Fiduciary Risk and Litigation, South Dakota Trust Association Fall Forum, Augustana University, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (October 17, 2018)
    • New Strategies to Make Tribal Communities Safer, Sioux Falls Argus Leader (October 22, 2010)
    • Protect Civil Rights via Awareness, Education, Sioux Falls Argus Leader (April 22, 2012)
    • Violence Against Women in the Dakotas, South Dakota Newspapers (September 28, 2012)
    • June 30, 2015, The Indian Arts And Crafts Act — A Powerful Tool, Law360
    • March 19, 2015, Former US Attorney reflects on Indian cases, Native Sun News
    • March 20, 2015, Ex-U.S. Attorney to Fight for Indian Rights, Lake Powell News
    • Subject for article. , Subject, Former US Attorneys Hope to Level Playing Field for American Indians, Indian Country Today Media Network, 2015
    • September 11, 2015, Trust and Estate Law: South Dakota Dynasty Trusts 101
    • December 3, 2015, For the Real Impact of the Yates Memo, Look to the Heartland, Corporate Counsel
    • March/April 2016, Litigating Trust Disputes in South Dakota, South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association
    • April 20, 2016, DOJ Takes On Tribal Lending: Inside The Indictments, Law360
    • April 27, 2016, The Big Shift: DOJ Issues New FCPA Guidance, Starts Self-reporting Pilot Program, Robins Kaplan LLP
    • November/December 2016, MDLs 101: Primer on Multi-District Litigation, South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association
    • Expert on article subject matter., Expert, Who Can Tribal Courts Try?, The Atlantic, 2015
    • Contributor during Keloland Media Group news segment on Choosing a Personal Injury Attorney. , Contributor , Robins Kaplan LLP Law Firm Advice on Choosing a Personal Injury Attorney, Keloland Media Group, 2018
    • Subject in the article regarding the settlement. , Subject, Lawsuit on behalf of brain damaged girl settles , Argus Leader, 2017
    • Analyst for Argus Leader article., Analyst, South Dakota Tribes Sue Drugmakers Over Opioid Painkillers, Argus Leader, 2018
    • Analyst for CBS News article., Analyst, Native American Tribes Sue Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors, CBS News, 2018
    • Analyst on the article, "Upper Midwest Tribes File Suit over Opioid Crisis.", Analyst, Upper Midwest Tribes File Suit over Opioid Crisis, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 2018
    • Analyst for Washington Post story on South Dakota Tribes suing Drugmakers., Analyst, 3 S.D. Indian Tribes Sue Drugmakers over Opioid Addiction, The Washington Post, 2018
    • Brendan Johnson Announces Law Firm Expansion in Sioux Falls., Subject, Brendan Johnson Announces Law Firm Expansion in Sioux Falls, Keloland Media Group, 2018

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • 1998

    Educational Background:

    • University of South Dakota, B.S., 1998

    Industry Groups

    • Energy
    • Financial Services
    • Health & Life Sciences
    • Retail
    • Technology
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    140 N Phillips Ave
    Suite 307
    Sioux Falls, SD 57104

    Phone: 605-335-1300

    Fax: 605-740-7199

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