Attorney, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, Los Angeles, CA, Neville L. Johnson, Douglas L. Johnson, Nicholas A. Kurtz, Mathias D. Maciejewski, Erin L. Pfaff, business law, business litigation, contingency litigation, consumer class action, tortious disputes, contractual disputes, llegal news gathering tactics, surreptitious news reporting, entertainment law, music law, entertainment litigation, music royalties, royalties copyrighted music, composer rights, songwriters rights, intellectual property law, intellectual property, intellectual property rights, copyright law, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, patent, trademark law, tradename, trade secrets, multimedia law, film/tv law, news media law, media litigation, media law, publishing law, television law, motion pictures law, theatre law,  visual arts law, cable tv law, sports law, privacy, privacy law, invasion of privacy, defamation, libel, slander, Douglas Johnson, Super Lawyers Rising Star 2006, Neville Johnson, Trial Lawyer of the Year 2005, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, Songwriters Guild of America, SGA, Nashville Songwriters Association International, NSAI,  performance rights organizations, PRO, civil rights, civil rights litigation, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, First Amendment, First Amendment Attorney, Constitutional Law,, 05-05-10, 05-20-08, 04-07-08, 11-05-07, 09-21-07, 08-01-07

Johnson & Johnson LLP, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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Neville L. Johnson

Johnson & Johnson, LLP

Neville L. Johnson, Founding Partner
Douglas L. Johnson, Founding Partner
Lan P. Vu, Associate
Mathias D. Maciejewski, Associate
Erin L. Pfaff, Associate
James T. Ryan, Of Counsel

439 N. Canon Drive, Suite 200
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 975-1080

Neville L. Johnson

Practice Areas       

Johnson & Johnson, LLP has garnered extensive experience in the following areas: 

Entertainment Litigation

The firm’s lawyers are well known for handling numerous high profile and wide-reaching entertainment matters. We have represented actors, producers, directors, screenwriters, authors, personal managers, production companies, musicians, composers, publishers, and independent record companies. 

Complex Business Litigation/Class Action Litigation

We represent companies and individuals in complex business litigation. Representative matters include: partnership disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, actions for breach of contract, unfair competition, and consumer class actions. 

Intellectual Property Litigation

The lawyers at the firm specialize in copyright law, idea protection law, trade secret law, trademark law, domain name disputes, and cybersquatting litigation.

Defamation, Media, and First Amendment Law  

Rights of Privacy and Publicity


Neville L. Johnson is a founding partner of Johnson & Johnson, LLP. He specializes in media, entertainment, class action, privacy, and complex business litigation matters. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law, graduating at the top of his class. Some of his significant experiences include:
  • Nominated for 2005 California Consumer Attorney’s Association of Los Angeles "Trial Lawyer of the Year."
  • Deemed a 2006 "SuperLawyer" in the areas of business/corporate, arts & entertainment, and constitutional law (SuperLawyers recognizes the top 5% of attorneys in California).
  • Gained substantial trial experience with over 23 civil jury trials, dozens of bench trials, and over 100 criminal cases.
  • Chaired three jury verdicts in excess of seven figures, including obtaining a 2004 award for nearly $15 million in a business fraud case.
  • Effectuated a variety of settlements, including numerous settlements in excess of $1 million and two in excess of $10 million.
  • Obtained unanimous California Supreme Court decision in landmark ruling enhancing the right of privacy for all Californians. Sanders v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., 987 P.2d 67 (Cal. 1999).
  • Taught many courses and appeared on panels relating to entertainment law, copyright law, media law, and litigation and on numerous national television and radio shows to discuss the right of privacy and other media matters.
  • Subject of a law review article - Richards & Calvert, Suing the Media, Supporting the First Amendment: the Paradox of Neville Johnson and the Battle for Privacy, 67 Albany Law Review 1097 (2004).


  • Elder, Johnson & Rishwain, Establishing Constitutional Malice for Defamation and Privacy/False Light Claims When Hidden Cameras and Deception Are Used by the Newsgatherer, 22 Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review 327 (2002) (a major article on journalist ethics and the law of libel and privacy).
  • Johnson, Rishwain & Elder, Caught in the Act, Los Angeles Lawyer, 33 (April 1998) (an analysis of current trends in the right of privacy).
  • Johnson & Lang, 1979, The Personal Manager in the California Entertainment Industry, 52 Southern California Law Review 375 (a definitive article on the regulation of talent agents, personal managers, and the interplay of entertainment unions and guilds in that nexus).
  • In The Musician’s Business & Legal Guide (2001), Mr. Johnson wrote the chapters, Music Publishing, Practical Aspects of Securing Major Label Agreements, Analysis of a Personal Management Agreement, The Internet and Music, and Analysis of a Single Song Agreement.
  • Mr. Johnson has also authored the biography of legendary basketball coach, John Wooden, now in its third printing: The John Wooden Pyramid of Success, Second Revised Edition, subtitled The Biography, Oral History, Philosophy and Ultimate Guide to Life, Leadership Friendship and Love by the Greatest Coach in the History of Sports.

Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court for the Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California and District Court of Arizona
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Third Circuits
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Academy of Country Music (General Counsel)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (Board of Governors - 2006)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Los Angeles Copyright Society
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (as a professional musician and producer)
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
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