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PRACTICE EMPHASIS

Geoffrey M. Johnson’s practice focuses on shareholder derivative, corporate governance, and securities class action litigation.  Mr. Johnson is also active in the Firm’s settlement and appellate practice groups.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Lead counsel in King Digital Entertainment plc Shareholder Litigation, No. 15-544770 (Cal. Super. Ct. San Francisco Cty), a shareholder lawsuit that settled for $18.5 million after surviving two separate motions to dismiss;
  • Lead counsel in Rosenberg v. Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc., No. 14-1531 (Ohio CCP Cuyahoga Cty), a shareholder lawsuit that settled for $10 million after the Firm had engaged in extensive litigation and motion practice;
  • 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, No. 00-cv-1884 (D. Conn.), which settled for $80 million and is the largest class action securities settlement ever obtained in the State of Connecticut; and In re General Motors ERISA Litigation, No. 05-cv-71085 (E.D. Mich.), a case that settled for $37.5 million and ranks among the largest ERISA class settlements ever obtained;
  • 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, No. 2:09-cv-00037 (W. D. Wash.)) and Countrywide Financial (Putnam Bank v. Countrywide Financial, Inc., No. 10-cv-302 (C.D. Cal.));
  • 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, No. 11-cv-05459 (S.D.N.Y.); Oklahoma Police Pension & Retirement System v. U.S. Bank NA, No. 11-cv-8066 (S.D.N.Y.).

EDUCATION

  • University of Chicago Law School (J.D., with Honors, 1999)
  • Grinnell College (B.A., Political Science, with Honors, 1996)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Served on University of Chicago Law School law review
  • Law clerk for the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit