Jeff Johnson focuses on appellate advocacy and complex litigation. He has drafted briefs before the Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeal in a host of substantive areas — including the Contracts Clause, the First Amendment, pharmaceutical preemption, patent law, environmental law, housing law, employment discrimination, municipal bankruptcy, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
Jeff served as the principal draftsman of the joint petitioners' briefs in ACA International v. FCC, a successful statutory challenge brought by Sirius XM and others to the Federal Communications Commission's 2015 Declaratory Ruling regarding the TCPA. He also coauthored the briefs defending the City of Detroit's historic municipal bankruptcy before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Most recently, he helped draft Merck's petition for certiorari from a decision allowing hundreds of failure-to-warn claims to proceed.
Jeff also has handled significant pro bono matters, including briefing and oral argument before the Sixth Circuit in a challenge to a murder conviction.
- Harvard University (J.D. summa cum laude 2010; Articles Chair, Harvard Law Review; Sears Prize, 2007-2008); Brigham Young University (B.A. in Philosophy summa cum laude 2006)
- District of Columbia
- Law Clerk to: Justice Elena Kagan, U.S. Supreme Court (October Term 2011) and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (2010-2011)