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Clark Johnson’s practice focuses on complex business disputes and class action litigation. Mr. Johnson represents business entities, directors, officers and shareholders in a wide range of litigation. He has litigated and tried corporate governance and control matters, lender liability claims, shareholder disputes and derivative actions, securities and consumer fraud cases, construction matters and franchise disputes, among others. He has litigated cases in twenty-three states.

Examples of Mr. Johnson’s class action work include defending life insurance companies in vanishing premium cases, modal premium cases, DAC tax cases, effective-date cases and interest crediting cases. He has extensive experience in class litigation concerning fixed indexed annuities. In addition, Mr. Johnson recently defended FLSA collective actions involving several difference industries. Mr. Johnson also has defended class actions against mortgage companies involving payoff statement fees and predatory lending, and TILA claims against credit card issues.

Examples of Mr. Johnson’s experience in securities-related litigation include the defense of a number of securities fraud class actions and shareholder suits, and prosecution and defense of FINRA arbitrations. In addition, Mr. Johnson has significant experience in representing issuers, officers and others in SEC investigations and enforcement actions, and in internal corporate investigations.

Mr. Johnson represents clients across a variety of industries including financial services and banking, construction, transportation, real estate development, food and beverage, hospitality, and manufacturing.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Johnson was a partner at a large regional firm for thirteen years. He also was an associate (1996-2001) and then an equity partner (2002-2004) at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago. Mr. Johnson began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable S. Hugh Dillin, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division.

Areas Of Practice

  • Appellate & Constitutional Law
  • Complex Commercial & Business Litigation
  • Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (trial bar)
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Education

  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana
    • J.D. - 1994
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Major: Slavic Languages & Literature

Clerkship

  • Law Clerk, Hon. S. Hugh Dillin, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Chambers USA, “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business,” Litigation: General Commercial, 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants
  • Benchmark Litigation magazine, Future Star, 2017
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers
  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyers, 2016