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Edward D. Johnson

Edward D. Johnson

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IAM Patent 1000

Eighteen of the firm’s Intellectual Property partners are recognized in nine categories in the 2016 edition of the IAM Patent 1000—The World’s Leading Patent Professionals. The recognized lawyers are:

"A tremendous, positive, constructive force and a talented strategist."

Ward is "an accomplished litigator...." "[a]rticulate in the courtroom", "he is commended for his courtroom skills, with clients. . . praising his ability to 'distil technical concepts into an easily understandable form.'"

Ward has "the unique ability to get inside the other parties' strategy."

"Clients 'think very highly of' Ward who is highly sought for his expertise in litigation related to antitrust and technology matters." He "is regarded as a strong presence in the marketplace."

Chambers USA

Edward D. (Ward) Johnson is a litigator who represents clients in complex commercial litigation, antitrust, intellectual property, data privacy and trade secret disputes as well as in large scale consumer class actions. He has successfully handled jury and bench trials, and argued appeals, ranging from high stakes commercial litigation to libel and criminal cases.  Ward serves on the Firm’s Partnership Board and as partner-in-charge for the Mayer Brown's Northern California offices.

Ward "has finely honed trial expertise as a result of his exposure to complex commercial, IP and antitrust cases.” He “’is the consummate IP professional. His strategic skills when looking at the battle landscape are exceptional, and he brings creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to the table.'" IAM 1000 (2016).   Ward “litigates patents with tactical wisdom and creativity; his storytelling abilities are on point regardless of subject matter, not least thanks to the variety of cases – commercial, antitrust and consumer class action lawsuits – he sees.”  IAM 1000 (2017).

Ward has "a great understanding of the business realities we face," and is "very good at identifying obstacles and solutions." Chambers USA 2014. "He is a very smart guy and a tough opponent." Chambers USA 2015. Described as a “strategic thinker,” he is praised for his ability to “think creatively and make outside-the-box arguments.” Chambers USA 2016.  “Commentators offer particular praise for his “stellar legal advice.’" Chambers USA 2017.

Ward regularly serves as lead counsel in complex litigation and class actions involving technology, privacy and trade secret issues. He is frequently consulted where antitrust and technology issues converge, including license programs holding essential patents relating to a technology standard and obligations to license on FRAND terms. He has served as lead counsel in dozens of patent actions.

Ward has provided antitrust advice in obtaining merger clearance from US federal, state and European regulators for major transactions in the technology, mass media, oil, pharmaceutical and retail industries.

Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Ward served as Deputy Solicitor General of New York State; and as Law Clerk to the Honorable John D. Butzner, Jr., US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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