Matthew Johnson focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on the oil and gas industry. He has handled disputes in the energy sector and in general commercial litigation that involve breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties/securities issues, overriding royalty interest rights, oil and gas lease disputes, joint venture operating agreements, mergers and acquisitions, patent infringement, and FINRA arbitrations on behalf of investors.

In 10 years of practice, Matt has developed extensive trial and arbitration experience handling oil and gas and general commercial cases across the nation. He has appeared in state court, federal court, or arbitration forums in Colorado, Texas, Nevada, Ohio, California, Wyoming, Florida, Delaware, Idaho and Illinois.

Matt also serves as Colorado counsel in various intellectual property disputes, and he has experience navigating the District of Colorado’s Local Patent Rules.

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, 2011-2015

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
International Travel
Soccer
Basketball


Representative Cases Oil & Gas Oil & Gas Commercial Litigation Commercial Litigation
  • Represented a Jackson Hole, Wyoming, real estate development fund in a breach of contract lawsuit involving alleged misrepresentations by the defendant landowners regarding water rights on a large parcel of land being sold for a development in Eastern Idaho. The case settled while pending in United States District Court for the District of Idaho.
  • Assisted in the trial and appeal involving of one of the world's largest ice cream manufacturers in a $75 million lawsuit relating to a plant explosion.
  • Served 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 victories for our client and the third concluded with a favorable result.
  • Assisted 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.
  • Assisted 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.
Intellectual Property Intellectual Property
  • Represented a Chinese cell phone manufacturer as Colorado counsel in a patent infringement dispute pending in the federal court in Colorado.
  • Serve as Colorado counsel to a Chinese cell phone manufacturer in a patent dispute involving voice activated technology. The manufacturer is a co-defendant with the largest cell phone software developers and handset makers in the world. The case is pending in federal court in Colorado.
  • Representing one of the largest computer manufacturers in the world as Colorado counsel in a patent infringement dispute related to battery packs used in its computers. The case is pending in federal court in Colorado.
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Illinois (Inactive)
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, 2011-2015

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
International Travel
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., 2002, Double Major in English and Spanish
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Illinois (Inactive)