Lauren McGrory Johnson focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including contract, employment, trade secrets, securities, and intellectual property cases. 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, preparing cases for trial, and drafting appellate briefs. Her notable clients include Amgen, Western Digital, the State Bar of California, the Navajo Nation, Sorrento Therapeutics, Tesla, and Monster Energy.
Ms. Johnson began her legal career as an associate in the Los Angeles office of Sullivan & Cromwell, where she represented an elite financial institution in connection with several high-profile lawsuits involving allegations of securities fraud and related government investigations, as well as 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 United States District Court for the Central District of California and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California. After law school, Ms. Johnson clerked for the Honorable George H. Wu on the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Represented the Navajo Nation in obtaining a $6.5 million settlement against Wells Fargo Bank for alleged predatory and fraudulent lending practices.
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 Western Digital secured injunctive relief in aid of the arbitrations.
Representing Amgen in defending a preliminary injunction that it obtained holding that information related to potential price changes submitted to the state pursuant to California Senate Bill 17 can be classified as protectable trade secrets and may not be disclosed in response to a California Public Records Act request. The State of California appealed the preliminary injunction to the California Court of Appeal. This is a highly watched case with huge implications for the pharmaceutical industry.
Representing the Navajo Nation in all aspects of its claims arising out of the unprecedented environmental disaster caused by the Gold King Mine spill near Silverton, Colorado.
Representing Sorrento Therapeutics in a lawsuit alleging intellectual property theft, breach of fiduciary duties, unlawful competition, and breach of contract against two former employees.
Representing Monster Energy against Vital Pharmaceuticals in a case involving claims of Lanham Act unfair competition, breach of contract, and consumer fraud.
Represented 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 an individual in connection with a multiyear investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office involving allegations of healthcare fraud.
Representing an individual in connection with a high-profile investigation by the Department of Justice regarding a complex antitrust conspiracy.
- Named to the Southern California Rising Stars list (2020)
Board of Councilors’ Judicial Clerkships Committee, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Member, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, Women’s Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
Moderator, “Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association Goes to Court: The Importance of IP Litigation,” with the Honorable James S. Otero and the Honorable George H. Wu on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.