The Honorable Laura S. Taylor
Southern District of California
“There’s no question in my mind that this settlement is in the best interest of this Estate. So I’m prepared to approve it. . . . But I want to compliment Mr. Johnson, and I want to compliment on the successful recovery for the Estate. The creditors thank you, and I thank you.” In re Artes Medical, Inc., (Bankr. S.D. Cal., Case No. 08-12317-LT7) (approving a $3 million settlement recovered for the estate of a bankrupt public company after the Chapter 7 Trustee retained Johnson & Weaver, LLP to pursue claims for breach of fiduciary against the directors). In approving the final award of attorneys’ fees, Judge Taylor further stated: “The Court thanks Johnson & Weaver for its outstanding work on behalf of the Chapter 7 Trustee and the Estate.”
The Honorable Ed Kinkeade
Northern District of Texas
“The quality of representation by the Derivative Plaintiffs’ Counsel was witnessed first hand by this Court through their articulate, high quality, and successful pleadings. Moreover, as shown by their excellent efforts in this case, Derivative Plaintiffs’ Counsel are dedicated to vindicating the rights of shareholders.” In re Heelys, Inc. Derivative Litig., No. 3:07-CV-1682-K.
The Honorable Edward M. Chen
Northern District of California
Johnson & Weaver (“J&W”) has “demonstrated that they are qualified and experienced and are capable of acting as lead counsel.” “The Court is favorably impressed by J&W’s presentation and knowledge” and “J&W’s experience litigating shareholder derivative actions gives it a certain amount of pre-existing expertise.” In re Oclaro, Inc. Derivative Litigation, (N.D. Cal., Case No. C-11-3176 EMC) (appointing Johnson & Weaver lead counsel in a complex shareholder derivative litigation in which three separate lawsuits were filed).
The Honorable Cormac J. Carney
Central District of California
Johnson & Weaver, LLP’s predecessor firm, Johnson Law Firm, “is exceptionally qualified and experienced.” Greenmeadows Partners LLP v. Tomkinson, et al., C.D. Cal. Case No. SACV 06-91 CJC (appointing Johnson Law Firm lead counsel in a complex shareholder derivative litigation in which six separate lawsuits were filed).
“I contacted Brett Weaver after my elderly stepfather was sued. From the outset, it was clear that Mr. Weaver was looking for a practical way to resolve the dispute quickly rather than ways to rack up his fees. Thanks to some creative and aggressive lawyering, not only did Mr. Weaver get the case dismissed; he got the other side’s attorney to pay him his fees. My stepfather and I are forever grateful to Mr. Weaver . I would strongly recommend Johnson & Weaver, LLP to anyone needing a good attorney.”
Rolf L. Nordstrom
International Real Estate PLC
“As chairman of the board of a public company, my company was represented by Mr. Johnson and Mr. Weaver to pursue claims for breach of fiduciary duty for millions of dollars against former directors of a company formed in England. I have retained law firms throughout the world and found Johnson & Weaver’s services to be superb. They were very responsive and grasped complex corporate matters involving international real estate transactions. They aggressively litigated my company’s claims against several defendants who were represented by one of the largest law firms in the world. This case was very complex and complicated and involved three jurisdictions (U.S., Europe, and Sweden). They played an instrumental role in bringing the whole case to a successful settlement out of court. We ultimately reached a resolution short of trial with which I was very pleased.”
“While I was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for a publicly traded company, I consulted Frank Johnson on various legal issues. As CFO I was responsible for SEC reporting requirements and compliance with GAAP. In addition, I successfully completed the public offering of the company’s stock which was a consistent top performer on the NASDAQ from 1998 to 1999. During the ten years I’ve known him, I’ve been very impressed with Mr. Johnson’s integrity, business acumen, and understanding of complex securities issues. Based upon these factors, I retained Mr. Johnson and Mr. Weaver to represent me in matters where it appeared that a public company’s officers or directors engaged in fraudulent conduct to the detriment of the company’s shareholders (of which I was one). As a former CFO for a public company and as a shareholder, I can say with confidence that this firm has proven to be aggressive and astute in identifying claims for fraudulent conduct in connection with the sale of publicly traded securities.”
Gerald J. Stubenhofer, Esq.
“While I was assistant general counsel for GNC Corporation, a publicly traded company at the time, I had the good fortune of working with Frank Johnson as GNC’s lawyer. While he was at Sheppard Mullin, he successfully defended GNC in several matters, including a consumer class action and various business litigation matters. I have since left GNC Corporation and am now a partner at one of the largest law firms in the country. I have worked with both Mr. Johnson and Mr. Weaver on various matters, including a jury trial in San Diego, California. Mr. Johnson proved to be an exceptional trial lawyer who assisted my firm in obtaining an outstanding verdict in our client’s favor. I have recommended their services without reservation to both clients and lawyers who need highly skilled and effective representation.”
Sean H. Mallean
“In 2004, Axeus, Inc. was using Sheppard Mullin, a large law firm, for nearly all of its legal matters. When Frank Johnson, who was then a partner at Sheppard Mullin, announced that he was departing to start his own law firm, I did not hesitate in my decision to send all of Axeus’s litigation work to Mr. Johnson. At the time, Axeus was embroiled in a huge legal battle involving more than 20,000 pages of evidence and millions of dollars. Mr. Johnson and Mr. Weaver helped Axeus successfully resolve that matter and have since handled several litigation matters for Axeus, all with outstanding results. I have worked with many different law firms over the years and I can say with confidence that Mr. Johnson is one of the best lawyers I’ve worked with. He understands what is important to his clients: excellent legal work and value. While other firms may be less expensive, Johnson & Weaver, LLP provides value for its fees.”
Ronald T. Fricke
Healthy Life Marketing, LLC
“Johnson Law Firm, one of the founding partners of Johnson & Weaver, LLP, was Awesome! They were professional, organized and as evidenced by juror testimonials following a one-week jury trial…. extremely effective. On claims for breach of contract and fraud, Johnson Law Firm won a 7 figure verdict for me and my company and I will forever be grateful. You never realize how important it is to have a good attorney until you need one!”
“I am the owner of Natural Energy, which was established in 1977 and is the largest solar energy company in the western United States. Although we have an exceptional reputation, as with any large company, legal disputes are sometimes inevitable. After using a number of law firms, for the past several years Natural Energy has used Johnson & Weaver for all of its business litigation matters, from general business disputes to successfully getting a baseless class action dismissed. Both Mr. Johnson and Mr. Weaver are aggressive, have a strong work ethic and, of utmost importance to me, have unquestionable integrity. I have the utmost faith and confidence in Johnson & Weaver.”
Jean Marie Cinotto
“I first retained Johnson & Weaver when my husband and I became concerned with what I thought looked like wrongful conduct by executive management at one of the publicly traded companies in which we had invested. Mr. Johnson always clearly communicated his strategy and the underlying legal reasons why it needed to done that particular way. Most importantly, he always responded to any questions or concerns in a timely manner and consistently updated us without overwhelming us with complicated details. We were very happy with the outcome of the securities case. When I needed a lawyer again to help me with employment matters, I retained the firm again. Mr. Weaver demonstrated that he was well informed and helped me get a settlement with which I was very pleased. I would highly recommend Johnson & Weaver their team and I would not hesitate to use them again.”
Donald O. Dempster
DLK Investment Management
“I retained Mr. Weaver when my company was hit with a nuisance lawsuit. Mr. Weaver came up with an aggressive plan to have the case thrown out of court. The Judge agreed that we never should have been sued and granted summary judgment in our favor. I am grateful to Mr. Weaver and Johnson & Weaver, LLP for helping my company put this frivolous lawsuit behind us so quickly.”