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Christopher P. Johnson

Partner | New York
T (212) 506-1736
F (212) 506-1800

Christopher P. Johnson’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, including commercial, securities, products liability and Constitutional litigation, as well as alternative dispute resolution.  He is both a trial and appellate lawyer, with extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation, from pre-trial proceedings, evidentiary hearings, and trials through appeals and U.S. Supreme Court practice.  Mr. Johnson has developed a particular focus in the management and coordination of litigations involving hundreds of individual related actions.  Having successfully conducted one of the nation’s first Daubert hearings (resulting in a seminal opinion), Mr. Johnson is also an expert in the application and admissibility of expert opinion evidence.  Mr. Johnson has been recognized in the 2013-2016 editions of New York Metro Super Lawyers in the areas of Securities Litigation, Business Litigation, and Appellate. 

Mr. Johnson received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Fordham University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Notable Representations

  • Federal Housing Finance Agency, as conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in several actions against financial institutions for rescission or damages arising from, among other things, misrepresentations concerning pools of mortgage loans that underlie residential mortgage-backed securities;
  • Trustees of residential mortgage-backed securities trusts in numerous breach of contract "putback" actions against major financial institutions;
  • Billion-dollar hedge fund in contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims against major national banks arising from a portfolio credit default swap wrapped by a credit-linked note structure;
  • Litigation Trust formed from the bankruptcy of one of the nation's largest commodities brokerage firms, resulting in Mr. Johnson's prosecution of hundreds of individual actions simultaneously;
  • Several hundred individual plaintiffs in the nation's largest pharmaceutical products liability litigation;
  • Law firms, hedge funds and other partnerships or limited liability companies in the litigation, arbitration and mediation of issues arising from dissolution;
  • Liquidation Trust formed from the bankruptcy of a nationwide beverage manufacturer, resulting in Mr. Johnson's prosecution of actions against insiders, auditors, financial advisors, and other third parties; and
  • Trade association for firearms manufacturers in the litigation of various Constitutional issues (principally involving the commerce clause and the Second Amendment) and commercial disputes, as well as in federal and state legislative matters. 

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