Foster C. Johnson


Foster C. Johnson


Foster C. Johnson is a trial lawyer who focuses on complex commercial litigation. He has represented a variety of Fortune 100 companies in contract disputes, oil and gas matters, intellectual property litigation, and large scale consumer and securities class actions.

His recent successes include a six-week trial that ended in a $41.6 million jury verdict against Lloyd’s of London. Mr. Johnson gave the opening and played an instrumental role in presenting evidence on behalf of an energy client suing Lloyd’s after the insurance company refused to pay for hurricane damage to an offshore oil rig. The jury’s award included $27.3 million in punitive damages and $10.9 million for bad faith. The case was one of the top 100 2017 verdicts in the nation according to the National Law Journal.

Mr. Johnson has also handled numerous civil appeals and mandamus proceedings in state and federal courts, including the United States Courts of Appeals for the 3rd, 5th, 9th, and D.C. Circuits, the Supreme Courts of Texas and California, several intermediate state courts of appeals, and the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

He was named on the 2018 Texas Rising Stars list for his excellence in business litigation. Rising Stars, a list  compiled by Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers, honors leading attorneys age 40 and younger and those who have been in practice no more than 10 years.

Mr. Johnson received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he served on both the Stanford Law and Policy Review and the Stanford Technology Law Review. After law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Priscilla Owen of the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. He is the author of Judicial Magic: the Use of Dicta as Equitable Remedy, published in The University of San Francisco Law Review in 2012.


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Stanford Law School, J.D.

  • Stanford Law and Policy Review, Features Editor
  • Stanford Law and Technology Review, Executive Notes Editor
  • Kirkwood Moot Court Board, Vice President

Stanford University, M.A.

Stanford University, B.A., with honors


  • Texas 2011
  • California 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California


  • “Non-Compete Agreements: Understanding Trial Techniques and Litigation Strategies” webinar, Knowledge Group CLE., February 2018
  • Judicial Magic: the Use of Dicta as Equitable Remedy, 46 U.S.F. L. REV. 883 (2012)


  • 2018 Texas Rising Star honors for business litigation, a list compiled by Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business

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