Ronald Johnston is a senior litigation partner in the firm's international intellectual property and technology practice group. He has been a leader in the IP and litigation bars for more than 25 years, including representing clients in leading cases in the information technology and entertainment industries. Mr. Johnston has been featured in LA Magazine as a "trailblazer of the law," and recognized by the US and International editions of Chambers for Litigation and IP, the California Daily Journal as one of the Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers in 2012, the California Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in 2011, the LA Business Journal as "the best of the bar," and Best Lawyers as Los Angeles "Information Technology Law Lawyer of the Year" for 2012. Mr. Johnston's experience covers all aspects of commercial litigation, including jury and nonjury trials, appeals, arbitrations, and class actions.
Mr. Johnston has represented clients in leading cases in the information technology and entertainment industries both at the trial and appellate levels. He also provides strategic counseling to computer, software, entertainment, and internet businesses on a broad range of intellectual property, contractual, and competitive issues. The substantive areas of his practice include copyright, patent, trade secret, trademark, right of publicity, antitrust, unfair competition, contract, and corporate law.
Mr. Johnston was the founder and chairperson of the University of Southern California's Computer & Internet Law Institute (1979-2003). He also co-founded The Computer & Internet Lawyer (Aspen Publications, 1984-present), the leading journal on computer and online commerce law, and serves as its Editor-in-Chief. Mr. Johnston has been a frequent chairperson and speaker at national institutes in the areas of trial practice, intellectual property, and technology law. He also has been a frequent author on these subjects and serves on several editorial boards.
Mr. Johnston was a partner in the law firm of Blanc Williams Johnston & Kronstadt from 1981 through July 2000, when he and the other attorneys at that firm joined Arnold & Porter LLP. Prior to 1981, Mr. Johnston was a partner in the law firm of Irell & Manella.
Mr. Johnston graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Southern California School of Law in 1973, where he served as a note and article editor for the University of Southern California Law Review.
Daily Journal 2013 "California's Top Intellectual Property Litigators"
Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2008-2013 for Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets: USA
Best Lawyers 2013 for Copyright Law, Information Technology Law and Litigation-Patent
Lawyers World: Leading Lawyer Award 2012
Daily Journal 2012 "Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers"
Southern California Super Lawyers 2012 for Intellectual Property Litigation
Los Angeles Magazine as a "Trailblazer of the Law" for Technology Law
The Best Lawyers in America 2012 for Copyright Law, Information Technology Law and Litigation: Patent
Daily Journal 2011 “Top 100 Lawyers in California”
Best Lawyers 2012 "Los Angeles Information Technology Law Lawyer of the Year”
The Legal 500 US 2011 for Intellectual Property: Copyright
Southern California Super Lawyers 2004-2011 for Intellectual Property Litigation, Business Litigation, and Appellate
The International Who's Who of Internet, e-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers 2010
Los Angeles Daily Journal's "75 Leading IP Litigators in California" 2009
Los Angeles Business Journal's "The Best of the Bar" August 2007
Los Angeles Daily Journal as a California leading "Rainmaker"
Executive and Planning Committees, Intellectual Property Institute, University of Southern California (2003-present)
Member, Board of Directors, Computer Law Association (1986-2002)
Arbitrator for the International Chamber of Commerce
Member, Technology and Intellectual Property Panels, American Arbitration Association
Co-founder and editor-in-chief, The Computer & Internet Lawyer (Aspen Publications, 1984-present)
Editorial Board, The Cyberspace Lawyer
Editorial Board, The Journal of Proprietary Rights
Founder and Continuing Chair, University of Southern California Computer & Internet Law Institute (1979-2003)