A strategic litigator, Carrie Johnson focuses on resolving disputes involving complex contractual issues, securities, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duties, giving her a rounded skillset with which to meet all of her clients’ needs.
Carrie approaches complex business disputes by building relationships and open lines of communication with all parties involved. Her aggressive yet proactive approach to litigation gives her the ability to navigate complex disputes integral to the future of her clients’ businesses, underscored by her steady hand in guiding and supporting clients through these often stressful, difficult circumstances.
Before moving to Denver, Carrie worked for two years in the firm’s D.C. office as part of the Government Relations Department, where she worked on a variety of environmental, telecommunications and other regulatory issues. Her experience in Washington, D.C., is foundational to her ability to maintain key alliances, build rapport between opposing sides in litigation and develop creative solutions for her clients. In addition to her complex commercial litigation practice, Carrie applies her Government Relations experience to litigation related to federal or state administrative actions and the application of environmental laws such as CERCLA and the Clean Water Act.
Filed an amicus brief on behalf of Intellectual Ventures Management and individual inventors in the U.S. Supreme Court in the Microsoft Corporation v. i4i Limited Partnership patent case. At issue was the appropriate standard of proof in a patent validity challenge. In the brief, amici argued that the statutory presumption of patent validity and long-standing precedent support the application of the existing "clear and convincing" standard. Further, given the importance of innovation and investment to the U.S. economy, a change in the standard would disturb the careful balance Congress has created and diminish the value of patents. Brownstein attorneys worked with co-counsel at Susman Godfrey on the preparation of the brief. On June 9, 2011, the Supreme Court upheld the application of the "clear and convincing" standard in an 8-0 decision.
Serves as independent fiduciary counsel to the board of directors of a $45 billion public pension fund.
Former, Board of Directors, EarthLinks, Inc.
Kokesh May Lead to Lower Monetary Sanctions in SEC Enforcement ProceedingsBrownstein Client Alert, June 21, 2017
The Year Ahead for GCs and Compliance Officers: Reporting from the Annual SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society SeminarCo-author, Brownstein Client Alert, March 27, 2017
Brownstein Victory Demonstrates Value of Vigorously Challenging Materiality Allegations in Securities Fraud TrialsBrownstein Client Alert, January 10, 2017
Supreme Court Opens Pathway To Increased Insider Trading ProsecutionsBrownstein Client Alert, December 7, 2016
Insider Trading - Will The U.S. Supreme Court Roll Back Newman?Brownstein Client Alert, October 7, 2016
D.C. Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Law JudgesBrownstein Client Alert, August 10, 2016
June Marks Upsurge in SEC Whistleblower AwardsBrownstein Client Alert, June 15, 2016
SEC’s Andrew Ceresney Warns Private EquityBrownstein Client Alert, June 8, 2016
Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Standards in Corporate TakeoversBrownstein Client Alert, May 23, 2016
Rocky Mountain Securities Conference: Cybersecurity Takes Center StageBrownstein Client Alert, May 17, 2016
Rocky Mountain Securities Conference: Corporate Disclosures Reform Next for SECBrownstein Client Alert, May 11, 2016
Victory in Clean Water Act Case Saves Community’s Water SupplyBrownstein Client Alert, January 29, 2015
SEC Cooperation Agreements: With the Right Approach, Potentially a Valuable Tool for Those Facing SanctionsBrownstein Client Alert, July 1, 2014
Brownstein Trial Victory Provides Executive Compensation Plan GuidanceBrownstein Client Alert, March 3, 2014
Email Users Beware: Companies and Corporate Officers Should Evaluate Email Practices in Light of Delaware Chancery Court DecisionBrownstein Client Alert, October 2, 2013
Client Alert: Brief Overview of Discussion Draft of Graham Energy BillBrownstein Client Alert, February 19, 2010
Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2015-2019
IMPACT Denver, 2016
Thurgood Marshall Scholar
Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Women's Bar Association