S.V. Stuart Johnson ’93 has joined antitrust and business litigation firm Kesselman Brantly Stockinger LLP (KBS) as Partner and Head of the Commercial Real Estate and Partnership Matters Practice Group. KBS represents companies and individuals in complex business disputes, including antitrust and unfair competition litigation, competition counseling and trademark and copyright litigation.
Johnson and his team represent family-owned companies and large institutional clients in the acquisition, sale, development, and financing of a variety of real estate assets, including retail centers, office buildings, multi-family developments and industrial space. He has represented large, public corporations and privately held, small- to mid-cap companies, advising on transactions and disputes with a particular focus on commercial real estate matters.
Additionally, Johnson has particular experience in joint venture and partnership agreements, including the setup and restructuring of debt and equity investments, and has acted as borrowers’ counsel on institutional commercial loan transactions. He also has extensive experience in litigating real estate-related claims, including actions by lenders and borrowers, as well as complex disputes between fractional owners, such as tenants in common and members of limited liability companies or partnerships. Currently, Johnson is handing a complex, ongoing partnership dispute of more than $50 million in real estate assets involving offshore and domestic partnerships.
An economics major at UCLA, Johnson obtained his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He was a full-time extern law clerk for Judge Harry Pregerson ’47 of the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and for Judge Richard C. Neal of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Upon graduating law school, Johnson joined the law firm of Epport & Richman LLP (1997-1999), where he largely represented regional banks in litigation matters. He was then recruited to Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP (1999-2009), an Am Law 100 firm and one of the oldest Wall Street-based firms in the country. Johnson left Stroock to help launch Carico Johnson Toomey LLP (2009-2018), a full-service law firm in El Segundo. Upon the decision of the three name partners of Carico Johnson Toomey LLP to separate, Johnson joined KBS.
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