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