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Brent Johnson


222 South Main Street, Suite 2200, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Brent Johnson guides clients through the complex litigation process, representing corporations in litigation matters in both the federal and state courts of California and Utah. His work includes representing corporate defendants in class actions.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart LLP, Brent was an attorney with Latham & Watkins in that firm’s Los Angeles and San Francisco offices where he was elected to the partnership in 1996. He served a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Bailey Brown, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


Brent helps corporations in a variety of industries and public utilities with matters concerning:

  • Contract negotiations
  • Advertising, labeling and e-commerce compliance and litigation
  • False Claims Act defense
  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Professional liability defense
  • Insurance coverage
  • Products liability
  • Government contracts
  • Intellectual property litigation

Client Results

  • Represented the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in breach of contract case involving a Utah-based power project.

  • Defended a major sporting goods manufacturer in a false advertising class action in Los Angeles.

  • Defended a consumer products manufacturer in a mislabeling class action in San Diego.

  • Represented Chrysler Group LLC in several dealer arbitrations stemming from 2010 federal legislation.

  • Representation of auto dealers in claims relating to unfair trade practices involving state statutes that impose detailed rules on how dealers can market their inventory, including vehicle pricing, MSRP statements, mileage reporting, material fact disclosure, and leasing terms.

  • Representation of automobile manufactures with legal issues pertaining to dealer profitability and performance, service and parts, franchise agreements, inventory allocation, and issues arising under state auto dealer franchise law.

  • Represented a major energy concern in Robinson-Patman Act claim.

  • Represented the SEC-appointed receiver of Merrill Scott & Associates in multi-faceted federal litigation.

  • Defended Computer Associates, Inc. in a multi-million dollar dispute with a web-based service provider.

  • Represented major pharmaceutical manufacturers in product liability actions.

  • Defended a major aerospace defense contractor in False Claims Act Qui Tam litigation.

  • Prosecuted on behalf of a large refinery operator a private cost recovery action for groundwater remediation.

  • Handled major insurance coverage action for environmental claims related to paper mills and wood treatment plants for International Paper Company.



Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions


  • Mountain States Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, Business Litigation, 2009-2011
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2013-2023
  • Utah Business Magazine, Utah Legal Elite, Civil Litigation, 2019-2020

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Utah Bar Association, Member
  • California Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
    Section of Litigation, Former Subcommittee Chair
    Insurance Coverage Committee
    Products Liability Subcommittee
  • Federal Bar Association, Member

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