Nicholas Johnson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in McLean, VA

Berenzweig Leonard LLP
 | 8300 Greensboro Drive, Suite 1250
McLean, VA 22102
Phone: 571-581-2865
Fax: 703-462-8674
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (40%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Nicholas Johnson is a Partner at Berenzweig Leonard LLP in McLean, Virginia. Mr. Johnson practices in the areas of business litigation and employment defense litigation. An experienced trial attorney, he represents clients in a wide range of business and employment-related matters including discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wage and hour collective actions. A large part of his practice is dedicated to post-employment litigation, both prosecuting and defending actions relating to the breach of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, employee raiding, misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets, tortious interference with contracts, and unfair competition. He also advises executive and management clients on commercial transactions and human resource compliance issues. He represents clients throughout Virginia and the District of Columbia.

    Mr. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and earned his law degree from William & Mary Law School. He holds a law license in Virginia and the District of Columbia, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

    Prior to practicing at Berenzweig Leonard LLP, Mr. Johnson held a variety of positions in the legal field, including working for an appellate judge, a federal agency, the Fairfax’s Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney and a large North Carolina-based law firm. In recent recognition of his accomplishments, Virginia Business magazine named him one of the “Legal Elite” in 2015 and 2016 and named to the 2017 class of “Up & Coming Lawyers” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

    Mr. Johnson enjoys staying active in the legal community. He is a member of the Fairfax Bar Association, The Virginia Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the Federal Bar Association and the George Mason American Inn of Court. He volunteers with Legal Services of Northern Virginia’s pro bono employment law project.  

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Employment Litigation: Defense
    • 30%Business Litigation
    • 30%Employment & Labor: Employer
    Focus Areas

    Employment Law - Employer, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements


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    Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021

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    About Nicholas Johnson

    Admitted: 2010, Virginia

    Professional Webpage:


    • William and Mary Moot Court Team, Member
    • Named to Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business Magazine for 2015 and 2016
    • 34th Annual Trial Advocacy College, Achieved Unanimous Jury Verdict, January 2015
    • Named to the 2017 class of “Up & Coming Lawyers” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly
    • “Rising Star,” Virginia Super Lawyers in Employment Litigation, 2015-2018
    • “Rising Star,” Washington DC Super Lawyers in Employment Litigation, 2015-2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • George Mason American Inn of Court
    • District of Columbia Bar Association
    • Virginia Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Fairfax Bar Association, Deputy Vice Chair, Employment Law Section
    • Fairfax Bar Association, Past Member, Board of Directors of Young Lawyers Section
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
    • Fairfax Bar Association, Business Law Section
    • Fairfax Bar Association, Employment Law Section
    • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
    • District of Columbia, 2012
    • Virginia, 2010

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Pro Bono Employment Law Project Volunteer

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • “The Rise of Mental Health Disabilities in the Workplace,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly (2017)
    • “Newly Admitted Attorney Orientation Continuing Legal Education Course,” Fairfax Bar Association, Moderator, 2016 and 2017
    • “Appeals 101: Preserving Your Trial Record and Maximizing Your Chances at Appeal,” Fairfax Bar Association, Moderator (2017)
    • “Top 10 Not-So-Obvious Interview Questions to Avoid Asking,” IRMI, Employment Practices Liability Consultant (2018)
    • “Top 10 Best Workplace Practices for Reasonably Accommodating Those with Mental Health Disorders,” IRMI, Employment Practices Liability Consultant (2018)


    • ForceX, Inc. v. Technology Fusion, LLC et al., Case No. 4:11-CV-88, 2011 WL 2560110, (E.D. Va. June 27, 2011)
    • Martin, et al. v. Frederick, et al., Case No. 16-1383 (Va. Cir. Ct., April 27, 2016)
    • White v. Ameritel Corporation, Civil Action No. 8:10-cv-00929, (D.Md. 2011)
    • Top5, Inc. v. Core Point Consulting, Inc., Case No. 1:13-cv-1510-JFM, (D. Md 2013)
    • Intercom Federal Systems Corporation v. Technical and Management Resources, et al., Case No. 2013-17672 (Va. Cir. Ct. 2014)
    • Mannion v. Attain, LLC, Case No. CAL 16-07507, (Md. Cir. Ct. 2016)
    • Washington v. Coastal Int’l Sec., Civil Action No.: 14-0331-DKC, 2015 WL 4396616 (D. Md. July 16, 2015), aff’d, 633 F. App’x 186, 2016 WL 758034 (4th Cir. 2016)
    • Fair v. ThreatConnect, Inc., Civil Action No.: 1:16-cv-00914-CMH-IDD (E. D. Va. Jan. 3, 2017)
    • 2003 11th Street, LLC, et al. v. Mahogany, LLC, et al., Case No.: 2016 CA 005810 (D.C. Super. Ct. Jan. 9, 2017)
    • Satterlee v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, et al., Case No. 15-1387-ABJ, (D.D.C. July 5, 2016), aff’d Case No. 16-5342 (D.C. Cir. Mar. 31, 2017)
    • Emerging Asia PTE, Ltd. v. Tinchev, et al., Case No. 1:17-cv-287 (D.D.C. 2017)
    • Corepex Technologies, Inc. v. WH Administrators, Inc., 1:17-cv-00026 (E.D. Va. 2017)
    • Integrated Direct Marketing, LLC v. Drew May and Merkle, Inc., 129 F. Supp. 3d 336, 339 (E.D. Va. 2015); No. 16 – 1032 (4th Cir. 2017)
    • KeyPoint Government Solutions, Inc. v. McGinn, Case No. 1:17-CV-00899 (LO/TCB) (E.D. Va. 2018)
    • Washington v. Coastal International Security, Inc., Civil Action No.: 8:17-cv-03311-DKC (D. Md. July 12, 2018)
    • Optime Realty LLC v. Walsh, Civil Action No. 2017-1966 (Va. Cir. Ct. 2018)
    • Johnson v. MBA Consulting Services, Inc., et al., Case No. CL 2017-9199 (Va. Cir. Ct. 2018)

    Educational Background:

    • Clemson University, B.A., 2007
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    8300 Greensboro Drive
    Suite 1250
    McLean, VA 22102

    Phone: 571-581-2865

    Fax: 703-462-8674

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