Matt Johnson’s practice focuses on many areas of complex civil litigation.  He has been trial counsel in a broad range of matters both across the United States and internationally.

During his nearly twenty-year career at Williams & Connolly, Matt has successfully represented a diverse set of clients including financial services companies, tech companies, manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, devices and instruments, law firms and insurers.

Matt’s recent representations include defending against claims involving hedge fund transactions, defending several major financial institutions in litigation concerning the origination, sale, and securitization of residential mortgage loans, and defending against claims concerning use of two-sided internet-based platforms.  Matt also has represented various companies in cases involving trademark and false advertising claims, as well as licensing of IP rights.  And Matt has extensive experience in all phases, including at trial, defending against products liability claims in various federal and state courts.

Originally from Chaska, Minnesota, Matt studied overseas in Sweden (1993-1994), Spain (1996-1997), and Germany (2000). Matt 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.

Representative Experience

Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Matt’s recent experience includes:

  • Lead counsel in federal court trial in California involving Lanham Act false advertising claims.
  • Lead counsel in multi-week federal court trial in Minnesota involving indemnification claims brought by the successor to a former mortgage securitizer.
  • Lead counsel in multi-week jury trial in federal court in Minnesota involving residential mortgage backed securities. 
  • Co-counsel in multi-week arbitration in Stockholm, Sweden defending a Swedish medical technology company against claims that it breached a patent licensing agreement.
  • Co-counsel in a multi-week jury trial in federal court in Oregon involving Lanham Act false advertising and trademark infringement claims.




Selected to Washington, D.C. “Rising Stars” list, Super Lawyers, 2013


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