Douglas Johnson

Douglas Johnson

Douglas Johnson Johnson &
Johnson, LLP

Douglas L. Johnson is a Partner at Johnson & Johnson LLP. Mr. Johnson is well known for handling numerous high profile and wide-reaching entertainment matters. Mr. Johnson received his B.A. from the University of Southern California (1996) (Dean's List 1993-1996) and his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (2000) (Dean's List 1999-2000). Mr. Johnson has been named a Super Lawyer "Rising Star" in the area of intellectual properly litigation for the last eight consecutive years (2006-2013). (The Rising Star Attorneys represent the Top 2.5% of their profession in Southern California for lawyers 40 years old and younger). Mr. Johnson specializes in right of publicity cases and represents celebrities, models and professional athletes. Mr. Johnson regularly speaks on the subject and litigates numerous cases in this area each year.

Many of Mr. Johnson's clients are producers, actors, directors, production companies, music artists and record labels. He is well-known for his successes in theft of idea cases for TV and reality shows and continues to litigate TV, movies, and music royalty cases. He currently represents Glen Larson (the creator of Magnum PI, Knight Rider, Fall Guy, and Battlestar Galactica) in a large scale profit participation dispute against Universal. He also represents Ed Weinberger in profit participation disputes over TV shows Amen, Taxi, and Dear John. He also currently represents Richard Dreyfuss and the Estate of Charles Bronson in several disputes over back-end profits on several movies. Mr. Johnson represented Jack Klugman (Quincy, Odd Couple) in a profit participation dispute against Universal. He also handled Mike Conners' net profit dispute on the TV show Mannix, and litigated a theft of idea claim against A&E and Steven Segal over the TV show, Lawman. Defended blues icon B.B. King in a claim seeking declaratory relief about the right to make a movie involving his life resulting in Plaintiff dismissing suit.

Mr. Johnson, recently filed class actions against the five major Hollywood studios alleging endemic underpayment on home video and new digital media for pre-1980's movies for writers, producer, actors and directors. Also is co-counsel in three class actions against record industry companies over digital download royalties regarding years of underpayments to artists (Temptations/Motels/Ronee Blakely). The cases deal head-on with unresolved points of law as to classification of digital downloads, and the rights of artists to receive royalties in the face of changing technology.

Mr. Johnson has several published works and has had two cases published: Gerbosi v. Gaims, Weil, West & Epstein, LLP (2011) 193 Cal.App.4th 435 and Walker v. Geico General Ins. Co. (9th Cir. 2009) 558 F.3d 1025.

Mr. Johnson is a frequent speaker for the Beverly Hills Bar Association and Loyola Law School.

Mr. Johnson serves as an adjunct professor at the Southwestern School of Law: Entertainment and Media Litigation from 2012 to present.