Ronald L. Johnston Named to Daily Journal's "Top 100 Lawyers in California"
October 2011 - The Daily Journal named Arnold & Porter partner and co-head of the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Ronald L. Johnston to its "Top 100 Lawyers in California" list, which was published on September 27, 2011. The list recognizes the most influential lawyers in the state in a wide range of legal activities from leading trial lawyers to transactional and governmental lawyers.
Mr. Johnston was singled out for his focus on emerging technology and new media work, including cutting edge IP cases such as the recent closely watched case concerning the Internet, Coalition for ICANN, Transparency v. VeriSign, Inc., which was dismissed in May 2011 after six years of litigation in the district court and court of appeals, and his earlier precedent setting appellate opinion in Lockheed Martin Corp. v. Network Solutions, Inc., which was the first appellate case to address secondary liability law on the Internet. The paper noted that Mr. Johnston has served as a "pioneer for helping shape" the law concerning new technologies, and was the founder and continuing Chairperson of the University of Southern California's leading Computer and Internet Law Institute (1979-2003). He also founded and serves as the continuing Editor in Chief of the Computer & Internet Lawyer (1984-present), the leading publication on Internet law.
Mr. Johnston 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's experience covers all aspects of commercial litigation, including jury and nonjury trials, appeals, arbitrations, and class actions. 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.