Mr. Johnson has spent decades defending the rights of individuals in the entertainment industry. The Los Angeles Times has referred to him as “one of the most feared litigators in Hollywood” who “has wrangled more than $350 million for actors, writers and other clients he contends were shortchanged their fair share of royalties and profits.” With dozens of civil jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, mediations, and criminal cases under his belt, Mr. Johnson is routinely recognized as the “go-to” attorney for wronged talent and is a mainstay on The Hollywood Reporter’s annual list of the top 100 “Power Lawyers” in entertainment. Mr. Johnson’s clients include some of the most legendary names in music, film, and television, who regularly turn to him for counsel in protecting their legacies, assets, and income streams from unscrupulous individuals.
Mr. Johnson has litigated and settled countless cases against a wide array of defendants concerning royalty accounting, profit participation, publicity rights, idea theft, copyright infringement, and many other entertainment law matters. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Southwestern Law School since 2012, where he teaches Entertainment and Media Litigation. However, his greatest pride has been in defending the privacy rights of all citizens against the worst malefactors in the media. His work in this field was perhaps best summarized by Professor David A. Elder, a leading expert on the law of privacy, who published the following special dedication in his treatise, Privacy Torts:
To Neville L. Johnson… who has led the charge, often successfully (and always creatively and with great passion) in exposing some of the worst outrages of media newsgathering. Neville ranks with Brandeis and Warren as the great defenders of privacy. All America is in his debt.
One of the top 100 Power Lawyers in Entertainment Law by The Hollywood Reporter every year since, 2008. He has also been designated one of the top 50 Lawyers in Entertainment by both Variety and The Daily Journal, Trial Lawyer of the Year by the California Consumer Attorney’s Association of Los Angeles. He is a fellow at the American Bar Association and has been repeatedly selected by Super Lawyers as one of the top entertainment attorneys in Southern California.
Chapter, Johnson and Fowler, “Litigation: How to Draft Defensively Without Killing the Deal” in Licensing of Music from BC to AD (Before the Change/After Digital), International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (2014)
Fellow (distinction granted to only 2% of attorneys)
Co-Chair Entertainment Section, 2009-2011
Board of Governors, 2012-2015
Board of Governors, 2006-Present
Co-Chair of the Board, 2009-Present
Voting Member (p/k/a Trevor McShane)
Board of Governors, 2011-Present
Planning Board, 2011-Present
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