Matthew Johnson focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and arbitration.  He has handled disputes involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties and related securities issues, joint-venture operating agreements, and mergers and acquisitions in various jurisdictions around the country.  Mr. Johnson has appellate briefing experience before the Iowa Supreme Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the Illinois Court of Appeals. 

Mr. Johnson's litigation experience includes the following:

  • Representing an independent oil and gas exploration company based in The Woodlands, Texas in a multi-million dollar overriding royalty interest arbitration against a publicly traded company that operates wells on the lands in question in the Uintah Basin, Utah;
  • Representing a Denver-based independent oil and gas exploration company in a lawsuit where the plaintiff claimed $225 million in damages following WTO's client's sale of oil and gas interests in the Williston Basin for $1.05 billion;
  • Representing a Denver-based independent oil and gas exploration company in a dispute regarding working interest and overriding royalty assignments allegedly owed to a third-party following the sale of WTO's client's assets;
  • Assisting in pursuing claims in the Delaware Chancery Court on behalf of a group of private investors for breach of contract by oil and gas partnerships and limited liability companies, including obtaining a $6.3 million partial summary judgment ruling in favor of the group of private investors;
  • Acting as the lead or secondary attorney on various commercial and securities disputes, including breach of promissory note actions, breach of fiduciary duty actions, a breach of real estate agreement action, and oil and gas commercial disputes;
  • Serving as counsel in three separate arbitrations for one of the world's largest automobile manufacturers following the passage of Section 747 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010. Two arbitrations resulted in complete victory for our client and the third concluded with a favorable result;
  • Assisting in the trial defense of a mid-level private equity fund before former Vice Chancellor Strine of the Delaware Chancery Court for alleged breaches of fiduciary duties and related claims;
  • Assisting in the representation of one of the world's largest oil companies in a contract dispute with its joint venture partner regarding the funding obligations for a $450 million joint venture dedicated to alternative energy sources; and
  • Assisting in the trial court and appellate court representation of one of the world's largest ice cream manufacturers in a $75 million lawsuit relating to a plant explosion.

Other Experience
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, 2008-2010
Latham & Watkins LLP, Chicago, 2005-2008

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Law Week Colorado's Up-and-Coming Lawyers
    Finalist, 2010
Colorado Rising Stars
    Business Litigation, 2011-2014

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors
The Bridge Project, Tutor, 2011-present
Cook County Juvenile Court System, Pro Bono Advocate, 2004-2008
Chicago Youth Programs Cabrini Green, Tutor, 2003-2005

Personal Interests
Reading
Skiing
Fishing
Traveling abroad
Soccer
Basketball

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Illinois (Inactive)
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Law Week Colorado's Up-and-Coming Lawyers
    Finalist, 2010
Colorado Rising Stars
    Business Litigation, 2011-2014
Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors
The Bridge Project, Tutor, 2011-present
Cook County Juvenile Court System, Pro Bono Advocate, 2004-2008
Chicago Youth Programs Cabrini Green, Tutor, 2003-2005
Personal Interests
Reading
Skiing
Fishing
Traveling abroad
Soccer
Basketball
Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2005
    Northwestern University Journal of International Human Rights, Business and Technology Editor
  • University of Denver, B.A., Double Major in English and Spanish, 2002
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Illinois (Inactive)

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