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Michele Johnson, Global Chair of the Litigation & Trial Department, is consistently recognized as a leading national litigator. She represents financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, boards of directors, and individuals in securities, M&A, and other complex commercial litigation. Ms. Johnson is a former member of Latham’s Executive Committee and the former Managing Partner of the Orange County office. 

Ms. Johnson primarily handles securities, commercial, and corporate control litigation, and she represents industry-leading companies, officers and directors, special committees, and financial institutions in connection with: 

  • Securities class actions 
  • Shareholder derivative litigation 
  • Mergers and acquisitions litigation 
  • Battles for corporate control 
  • Proxy contests 
  • SEC enforcement actions 
  • Internal investigations 
  • Other complex, high-exposure litigation 

Ms. Johnson’s recent representations include multiple jury trials in federal and state court, special committee engagements in controlling stockholder transactions, multi-jurisdictional litigation arising out of solicited and hostile takeover attempts, and investigations and litigation on behalf of companies, special committees, and boards of directors related to public company crises. She has significant trial experience involving securities, product liability, unfair business practices, tax, and insurance bad faith trials. 

Ms. Johnson is a recipient of the 2020 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) award by the Daily Journal, and the 2021 Women in Business award by the Orange County Business Journal. She was recognized as a Leading Lawyer for M&A Litigation by The Legal 500 US in 2021, and as both a Litigation Trailblazer and a Winning Litigator by National Law Journal in 2019. Recently, she was named to the 25 Most Influential Women in Securities Law by Law360 and the Top Women Lawyers list in California by the Daily Journal. 

Ms. Johnson has served on the firm’s Executive, Pro Bono, Associates, and Diversity Committees. She serves on the boards of Georgetown University Law Center, Berkeley Center for Law and Business, the Public Law Center, the Orange County Bar Foundation’s Project Youth, and the Orange County chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. 


Updated Oct 2021