Geoffrey Johnson is a partner in the firm's Ohio office. Mr. Johnson's practice focuses on commercial and class action trial work and appeals. His areas of concentration include complex securities litigation, ERISA class actions, and commercial and class action antitrust litigation.
Notably, Mr. Johnson serves as lead counsel in Pfeil v. State Street Bank and Trust Company, 2:09-cv-12229 (E.D. Mich.), a case of national significance in the area of employee retirement plans. In the case, Mr. Johnson represents a class of over 200,000 current and former General Motors employees who owned General Motors stock in GM's two main retirement plans. Mr. Johnson successfully argued the case to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which issued an opinion that is now looked to nationally as one of the seminal cases in the area of ERISA fiduciary duties and employee rights. See Pfeil v. State Street Bank and Trust Company, 671 F.3d 585 (6th Cir. 2012).
Mr. Johnson has also served as lead or co-lead counsel in other major securities and ERISA cases, including: In re Royal Dutch/Shell ERISA Litigation, No. 04-1398 (D.N.J.), which settled for $90 million and is one of the three largest recoveries ever obtained in an ERISA class action case; In re Priceline Securities Litigation, 00-cv-1884 (D. Conn.), which settled for $80 million and is the largest class action securities settlement ever obtain in the State of Connecticut; and In re General Motors ERISA Litigation, 05-cv-71085 (E.D. Mich.), a case that settled for $37.5 million and ranks among the largest ERISA class settlements ever obtained.
Mr. Johnson has been active in the firm's mortgage-backed securities litigation practice, serving as lead or co-lead counsel in mortgage-backed securities class action cases involving Washington Mutual (In re Washington Mutual Mortgage Backed Securities Litigation, 2:09-cv-00037 (W. D. Wash.)) and Countrywide Financial (Putnam Bank v. Countrywide Financial, Inc., No. 10-cv-302 (C.D. Cal.)). Mr. Johnson also helped develop the theories that the firm's pension fund clients have used to pursue class action cases against mortgage-backed security trustees. See Retirement Board of the Policemen's Annuity & Benefit Fund of the City of Chicago v. Bank of New York Mellon (Case No. 11-cv-05459 (S.D.N.Y.)); Oklahoma Police Pension & Retirement System v. U.S. Bank NA (Case No. 11-cv-8066 (S.D.N.Y.)).
In addition, Mr. Johnson is active in the firm's appellate practice group, where he has handled numerous class action appeals, including appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Third Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, and Eleventh Circuit.
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Grinnell College (B.A., Political Science with Honors, 1996) and the University of Chicago Law School (J.D., with Honors, 1999), where he served on the law review. Prior to joining Scott+Scott, Mr. Johnson clerked for the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.