Professional Biography

Thomas (Tom) Johnson Partner

  • Portland

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    1120 NW Couch Street, 10th Floor

    Portland, OR 97209-4128




Tom Johnson, a partner in the firm's Litigation practice, has led clients through a variety of complex business disputes, including securities, corporate governance, antitrust and business tort litigation. He regularly represents clients in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as in private arbitrations. Tom assists clients in responding to government inquiries and by conducting internal investigations involving allegations of financial fraud and deficient internal controls.  He also advises clients on matters involving purchase price adjustment clauses.

Tom also assists clients with distinctly international issues, including the enforcement of international arbitration awards.

Tom has also litigated a number of high-profile pro bono cases, including a federal challenge to an inmate’s captivity at Guantanamo Bay and the recent court case striking down the State of Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage. He also litigated the 2001 trial in Oregon to settle redistricting issues following the 2000 Census.

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Ranked by Chambers USA 10 Years in a Row

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked by Chambers USA:" America's Leading Lawyers for Commercial Litigation," 2012 - 2021
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2012 - 2022: Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Securities
  • Listed in Portland Business Journal "Forty Under 40," 2007
  • Oregon ACLU Foundation "Civil Liberties Award," 2009
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine, "Oregon Super Lawyers," 2009 - 2021; "Rising Stars," 2008
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2009 - present
  • Judge Learned Hand Award, American Jewish Committee Oregon Chapter, 2006
  • Selected by the American Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Oregon
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as a Local Litigation Star in Commercial Litigation

Professional Leadership

  • Federal Bar Association, Oregon Chapter, Board Member, 2007 - present; President, 2012 - 2013
  • Oregon State Bar, Business Litigation Committee, Executive Committee, 2007 - present; Treasurer, 2010 - 2011
  • American Inns of Court, Gus J. Solomon Inn of Court, 2002 - 2007
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Antitrust Section Executive Committee, 2001 - 2007; Chair, 2006 - 2007
  • Co-Founder of Emerging Litigators Group, Steering Committee, 2005 - 2011
  • American Bar Association, Litigation & Antitrust Sections
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Membership Committee, 2001

Community Involvement

Related Employment

  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore, New York, NY, Associate, 1998 - 2000; Summer Associate, 1996
  • Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, LLP, Charlotte, NC, Summer Associate, 1995


  • Hon. R. Anderson, III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1997 - 1998





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Oregon
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., with high honors, 1997
  • University of Michigan, B.B.A., 1993