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. Matthew has appellate briefing experience before the Iowa Supreme Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the Illinois Court of Appeals. 
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
International Travel
Soccer
Basketball
Representative Cases
  • Represent one of America's largest refining companies in litigation against the State of Colorado involving claims in the tens of millions of dollars and alleged breaches of contract relating to the Colorado Underground Storage Tank Fund.
  • Represented a Denver-based independent oil and gas exploration company in a lawsuit in which the plaintiff claimed $225 million in damages following WTO's client's $1.05 billion sale of oil and gas interests in the Williston Basin.
  • Represented 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.
  • Won an arbitration award for future oil and gas royalties valued between $70,000,000 and $100,000,000 in a David v. Goliath case against a multinational oil company.
  • 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.
  • Represented a Jackson Hole, Wyoming, real estate development fund in a pre-lawsuit dispute and negotiation with one of the largest homebuilders in America relating to the sale of a large planned community development in Branchburg, New Jersey, by WTO's client to the homebuilding company.
  • Assisted 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.
  • 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 victory for our client and the third concluded with a favorable result.
  • Assisted 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.
  • 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.
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Illinois (Inactive)
Other ExperienceDavis 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 HonorsThe Bridge Project, Tutor, 2011-present
Cook County Juvenile Court System, Pro Bono Advocate, 2004-2008
Chicago Youth Programs Cabrini Green, Tutor, 2003-2005
Personal InterestsReading
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., Double Major in English and Spanish, 2002
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Illinois (Inactive)

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