Matt Johnson’s practice focuses on all areas of complex civil litigation. He has represented clients in a broad range of matters both across the United States and internationally.
Matt’s recent representations include defending several major financial institutions in litigation concerning the origination, sale, and securitization of home mortgage loans; representing companies in cases relating to the reporting and use of personal and commercial data; representing companies in cases involving claims brought under the Lanham Act; and representing a medical technology company in patent licensing litigation in Sweden. Matt also has extensive experience in all phases, including at trial, defending against products liability claims brought against a major pharmaceutical company in various federal and state courts.
Matt was born and raised near Chaska, Minnesota, and, after a year of study in Enköping, Sweden, and another year at the University of Seville in Spain, received his B.S., cum laude, from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was Executive Special Projects Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Matt then clerked for Judge David O. Carter of the United States District Court for the Central District of California before joining Williams & Connolly at the beginning of 2004.
Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Matt’s recent experience includes:
- Lead trial counsel in a multi-week jury trial in federal court in St. Paul, Minnesota defending a mortgage originator against breach of contract claims brought by the successor to Residential Funding Company, a former mortgage securitizer. The trial was the first among many dozens of cases brought by the plaintiff and consolidated for pre-trial purposes.
- Co-trial counsel in multi-week arbitration in Stockholm, Sweden defending a Swedish medical technology company against claims that it breached a patent licensing agreement. The arbitral panel’s decision granted a complete defense victory.
- Co-trial counsel in a multi-week jury trial in federal court in Portland, Oregon defending an electronic test tools company against claims of comparative false advertising while asserting trademark infringement, unfair competition and false advertising counterclaims. After a jury returned verdicts in favor of the defendant/counterclaim plaintiff, the case was settled.
Selected to Washington, D.C. “Rising Stars” list, Super Lawyers, 2013