Lauren McGrory Johnson focuses her practice on high-stakes business disputes, complex commercial litigation, and white collar criminal defense. She has represented clients in a wide variety of matters, including securities, contract, employment, intellectual property, business torts, fraud, and government investigations. She has experience in both state and federal court throughout all stages of litigation, including drafting pleadings and dispositive motions, taking and defending depositions, managing fact and expert discovery, and preparing witnesses for trial.
Ms. Johnson began her legal career as an associate in the Los Angeles office of Sullivan & Cromwell, where she handled a wide variety of matters, including representing an elite financial institution in connection with several high-profile lawsuits involving allegations of securities fraud and related government investigations, and representing an international corporation in a Department of Justice investigation of alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
While in law school, Ms. Johnson served as a senior editor for the Southern California Law Review. She also externed for the Honorable Stephen V. Wilson on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California.
- Represented Western Digital and its SanDisk subsidiaries in their widely publicized dispute with Toshiba over joint ventures governing multibillion dollar NAND flash memory business assets. The dispute encompassed multiple arbitrations before the ICC International Court of Arbitration and litigation in the California trial and appellate courts, where we secured injunctive relief in aid of the arbitrations. As one market analyst commented: “SanDisk/Western Digital has ultimately won the courtroom battle not once, not twice, but on every occasion both parties have had a legal dispute.” (See “The Toshiba Memory Sale Is Dead – Western Digital Will Benefit,” Seeking Alpha).
- Representing the Navajo Nation in a lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank for alleged predatory and fraudulent practices.
- Representing Tesla in a qui tam action against more than two dozen automakers, contractors, and subcontractors for alleged violations of U.S. immigration law, trafficking, and RICO.
- Represented the State Bar of California and individual defendants in multiple lawsuits brought by former executive employees alleging wrongful termination, defamation, and tortious interference.
- Representing Endo Pharmaceuticals in nationwide litigation involving allegations of false advertising and deceptive business practices related to its sale of FDA-approved opioid analgesic medications.
- Representing an individual in connection with a multiyear investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office involving allegations of healthcare fraud.