Neville L. Johnson founded the Beverly Hills firm of Johnson & Johnson LLP, which specializes in business, media and entertainment litigation, including class actions. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley and received his law degree from Southwestern Law School, graduating near the top of his class. He has tried 26 civil jury trials and many more non-jury civil trials and arbitrations. He is a member of the invitation-only American Board of Trial Advocates, is on the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles (CAALA) and was a Board member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association (2013-2015; Co-Chair Entertainment Section 2009-2011). He is on the Board of Directors of the national organization Public Justice. He was nominated for Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2005 by CAALA. He has appeared in courts in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
His firm litigates many net profit, copyright and theft of idea case He and his firm have been lead counsel in many entertainment industry class actions, including six class actions against the movie studios relating to underpayment of home video profits. (Three have settled.) The class actions he litigated against the DGA, WGA and SAG for “foreign levies” have resulted in over $200 Million Dollars in payments to talent.. The firm has successfully litigated over 20 right of publicity cases, and obtained at 1.1 Million dollar verdict in a jury trial in 2016 in such a case. In April 2017, his firm sued Warner Bros. on behalf of Sylvester Stallone over net profits issues. His firm represents the largest hiphop/urban website in the world, WorldStarHipHop.com,.
The Los Angeles Times, June 23, 2015, chronicled his career representing talent in net profits cases in “’Go-to’ L.A. Lawyer Says Hollywood Studios Are Shortchanging His Clients.”
Mr. Johnson has been designated a “SuperLawyer” (top 5% as voted by colleagues) many times, and every year since 2008 he has been chosen as one of the Hollywood 100 “Power Lawyers” by the Hollywood Reporter. Variety and the Los Angeles Daily Journal have named him one of the top 50 lawyers in entertainment. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (invitation only, top 2% in the United States).
He and his firm has been counsel in many defamation and privacy cases against print and media entities, and those involving defamations on social media. He has represented many lawyers and law firms in defamation cases. The firm represents many journalists.