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Vernon W. Johnson, III



Vernon Johnson is a trial and litigation attorney representing companies and their management in complex commercial civil litigation. He has experience handling cases and matters in a variety of industries including real estate, defense, health care, manufacturing and financial services.

What do you focus on?

I help clients in a wide range of industries with their complex commercial litigation disputes and issues and provide assistance and counsel to help solve problems with real estate, contract and other matters. I have significant experience in real property litigation, commercial leasing, health care litigation, unfair competition, covenants not to compete, commercial litigation and arbitration and general corporate defense work. My practice has also included substantial experience with motions and claims for injunctive relief, in both state and federal courts. I am a member of Nixon Peabody’s NP Trial team, an international team of the firm’s most successful and experienced trial lawyers. I have tried numerous cases in both state and federal courts as well as before arbitration panels.

I regularly represent clients in mediations, arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. I have handled matters before the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) (and its predecessor entities, the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Department of Arbitration), and the McCammon Group.

I am a former barrister and officer with the Charles Fahy American Inn of Court and am currently a barrister and team leader with the William B. Bryant American Inn of Court. Additionally, I have served as an officer and on the Executive Committee of the Barristers. I am also active in our local community.

What do you see on the horizon?

Our clients need us to be available to help solve problems, large and small, with appropriate professionalism and resources. Having legal counsel with a broad perspective in resolving cases in and out of the courtroom is especially critical in the current economic climate.

Significant Cases

  • Paul v. ImpactOffice LLC, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87091 (D. Md. 2017)
  • ImpactOffice LLC v. Siniavsky, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161062 (D. Md. 2016)
  • Loewinger v. Estate of Loewinger, 64 Va. App. 1, 763 S.E.2d 826 (2014)
  • Bhari Info. Tech. Sys. Private Ltd. v. Sriram, 984 F.Supp.2d. 498 (D. Md. 2013)
  • Harnett v. Washington Harbour Condominium Ass’n, Inc., 54 A.3d 1165 (D.C. 2012)
  • Zinone v. Lee’s Crossing Homeowners Ass’n, 282 Va. 330, 714 S.E.2d 922 (2011)
  • Monument Realty, LLC v. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 540 F.Supp.2d 66 (D.D.C. 2008)
  • Monument Realty, LLC v. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 535 F.Supp.2d 60 (D.D.C. 2008)
  • Dunhem v. SunTrust Banks, Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100790 (D. Md. 2006)
  • Gowin v. Granite Depot, LLC, 272 Va. 246, 634 S.E. 2d 714 (2006)
  • H&R Block Financial Advisors, Inc. v. Majkowski, 410 F.Supp.2d. 1 (D.D.C. 2006)
  • Vinogradova v. SunTrust Bank, Inc., 162 Md. App. 495, 875 A.2d 222 (2005)
  • First Am. Title Ins. Co. v. First Trust Nat’l Ass’n (In re: Biloxi Casino Belle, Inc.), 368 F.3d 491 (5th Cir. 2004)
  • RCSH Operations, L.L.C. v. Third Crystal Park Associates Limited Partnership, 115 Fed. Appx. 621 (4th Cir. 2004)
  • American Towers v. Williams, 50 Fed. Appx. 448 (D.C. Cir. 2002)
  • M. Morgan Cherry & Associates, Ltd. v. Cherry 37 Va. App. 329, 558 S.E.2d 534 (2002)
  • Cotten & Selfon v. Charnock, 10 Fed. Appx. 70 (4th Cir. 2001)
  • Countryside Orthopaedics, P.C. v. Peyton, 261 Va. 142, 541 S.E.2d 279 (2001)
  • Regency Communications, Inc. v. Cleartel Communications, Inc., 160 F.Supp.2d. 36 (D.D.C. 2001)
  • Macktal v. Garde, 111 F.Supp.2d. 18 (D.D.C. 2000)
  • Fidelity Nat’l Title Ins. Co. v. Southern Heritage Title Ins. Agency, Inc ., 257 Va. 246, 512 S.E.2d 553 (1999)
  • Bell Atlantic-Washington, D.C., Inc. v. Nazario Construction Co., Inc., 716 A.2d 191 (D.C. 1998)
  • Auger v. Tasea Inv. Co., 676 A.2d 18 (D.C. 1996)
  • Nautilus Insurance Co. v. Winchester Homes, Inc., 15 F.3d 371 (4th Cir. 1994)

Legal Presentations

  • “Digging In: Real Estate Litigation in the District of Columbia From the Ground Up,” District of Columbia Bar, July 18 and 25, 2017
  • “Digging In: Real Estate Litigation in the District of Columbia From the Ground Up,” District of Columbia Bar, August 11 and 18, 2016
  • “Digging In: Real Estate Litigation in the District of Columbia From the Ground Up,” District of Columbia Bar, August 10 and 17, 2015
  • “Digging In: Real Estate Litigation in the District of Columbia From the Ground Up,” District of Columbia Bar, August 6 and 13, 2014
  • “Issues You Need to Consider in Litigating and Trying Real Estate Cases in the District of Columbia,” District of Columbia Bar, August 7 and 14, 2013
  • “Issues You Need to Consider in Litigating and Trying Real Estate Cases in the District of Columbia,” District of Columbia Bar, October 9 and November 28, 2012
  • “Issues You Need to Consider in Litigating and Trying Real Estate Cases in the District of Columbia,” District of Columbia Bar, October 4 and 11, 2011
  • “Issues You Need to Consider in Litigating and Trying Real Estate Cases in the District of Columbia,” District of Columbia Bar, October 6 and 13, 2010
  • “Issues You Need to Consider in Litigating and Trying Real Estate Cases in the District of Columbia,” District of Columbia Bar, September 16 and 23, 2009
  • “Title Law in Washington, D.C.,” National Business Institute, April 27, 2009
  • “Road Access Law: Successfully Handling Disputes,” National Business Institute, October 16, 2008
  • “Issues You Need to Consider in Litigating and Trying Real Estate Cases in the District of Columbia,” District of Columbia Bar, September 10 and 17, 2008
  • “Issues You Need to Consider in Litigating and Trying Real Estate Cases in the District of Columbia,” District of Columbia Bar, September 12 and 19, 2007
  • “Troubleshooting Title and Title Insurance Problems,” National Business Institute, April 4, 2007
  • “Issues You Need To Consider In Litigating And Trying Real Estate Cases,” District of Columbia Bar, November 1 and 8, 2006
  • “How to Survive an Arbitration and Cross Examination,” SunTrust Annual Compliance Conference, November 9, 2005
  • “Issues You Need to Consider in Litigating and Trying Real Estate Cases,” District of Columbia Bar, November 2, 2005
  • “Title Law: Solutions to the Most Common Problems (Rebound from surprises and setbacks to keep real estate transactions on track),” National Business Institute, April 18, 2005
  • “Virginia Boundary Law: Critical Issues and Solutions Every Practitioner Needs to Know,” National Business Institute, October 14, 2004
  • “Issues in Litigating and Trying Real Estate Cases,” District of Columbia Bar, September 23, 2004
  • “Effective Boundary Dispute Resolution in Virginia,” National Business Institute, March 24, 2004
  • “Introduction to Litigating and Trying Real Estate Cases,” District of Columbia Bar, August 25, 2003
  • “Boundary Law in Virginia,” National Business Institute, June 18, 2003
  • “Advanced Principles of Title Insurance in Washington, D.C.,” National Business Institute, November 12, 2002
  • “Boundary Law in Virginia,” National Business Institute, January 11, 2002
  • “Tech Fast Track: The Advantages of Alternative Dispute Resolution,” Vienna, Virginia, August 10, 2000
  • “Boundary Law in Virginia,” National Business Institute, June 20, 2000
  • “Technology and E-Commerce Contracts for ‘Non-Techies’,” Greater Washington Board of Trade, October 19, 1999
  • “Real Estate Litigation in Virginia,” National Business Institute, July 28, 1999
  • “Defend or Settle? The Title Company’s Options in Handling Claims,” ABA/TIPS Title Insurance Litigation Committee, Spring 1997 Title Insurance Claims Seminar, April 4, 1997

Legal Publications

  • Contributor, “Civil Practice in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia,” Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 2004 edition
  • “To Compete or Noncompete” (with T. Vermeer), Journal of Accountancy, February 2004
  • “Use of Expert Testimony in Copyright Infringement Cases,” Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, July 2002
  • “Drawbacks to UDRP Hearings,” The National Law Journal, October 22, 2001
  • “Insuring Title Is Sometimes Neglected” (with D. Cox), The National Law Journal, October 23, 2000
  • “Racing to the Courthouse Takes On a New Meaning,” The National Law Journal, August 21, 2000
  • “State Equity Doctrine Helps Title Insurers” (with D. Cox), The National Law Journal, February 7, 2000
  • Editor, Digest of the Commercial Law of the District of Columbia (Oceana Publications, Inc., 1990)
  • “Fair Housing Act Case Law Developments,” Community Associations Institute Quorum, July 1993

Tax Officials Reduce Trump’s Tax Bill on DC Hotel by Nearly $1 Million

Washington Post | January 11, 2018

Washington DC commercial litigation partner Vernon Johnson is quoted in this article explaining how DC tax assessors agreed to lower the assessment on the Trump Hotel by $53.6 million. Vernon says the result indicates the hotel “was able to show the tax office that the actual income was much lower than the District was assuming.”

Contact

Vernon W. Johnson, III

Partner
Deputy Leader, Construction & Real Estate Litigation

Washington, DC

Phone: 202-585-8401


Fax: 866-692-7459

George Washington University Law School, J.D.

Duke University, B.A.

District of Columbia

Virginia

Maryland

U.S. District Court, District of the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Vernon was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in the fields of Litigation—Construction and Litigation—Real Estate. Vernon has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2018.

Vernon has received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale Hubbell®, the highest possible rating for ethics and legal ability.

Vernon has been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2019 editorial (as well as in previous editions) for Intellectual property—Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters).

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