Johnson, Carrie E.

Strategic litigator with a collaborative approach oriented toward solving her clients’ most difficult problems. Expertise in resolving pre-litigation disputes, complex commercial litigation and government investigations. Helps clients resolve business disputes while minimizing financial impact.

Carrie Johnson focuses on litigation related to complex contract, corporate governance, fiduciary duty, fraud and securities issues. In particular, she has extensive expertise in managing both internal and external crises for businesses and their owners, using her business acumen and proven instincts to create and execute multifaceted strategies.
Carrie’s proactive approach to litigation gives her the ability to navigate complex disputes integral to the future of her clients’ businesses, underscored by her steady hand in guiding clients through these often stressful, difficult circumstances.  She works creatively to resolve her clients’ most pressing problems by building relationships with clients and opposing counsel alike.

In addition to her complex commercial litigation work, Carrie has a robust appellate practice, often appearing before state and federal appellate courts.  She lends her appellate expertise to the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, for which she acts as the co-chair of the Amicus Curiae Subcommittee. 

Within the firm, she serves as the co-chair of the Women's Leadership Initiative and as the hiring and review partner for the Litigation Department.  

Representative Matters
  • Filed an amicus brief on behalf of Intellectual Ventures Management and individual inventors in the U.S. Supreme Court in the Microsoft Corporation v. i4i Limited Partnership patent case. At issue was the appropriate standard of proof in a patent validity challenge. In the brief, amici argued that the statutory presumption of patent validity and long-standing precedent support the application of the existing "clear and convincing" standard. Further, given the importance of innovation and investment to the U.S. economy, a change in the standard would disturb the careful balance Congress has created and diminish the value of patents. Brownstein attorneys worked with co-counsel at Susman Godfrey on the preparation of the brief. On June 9, 2011, the Supreme Court upheld the application of the "clear and convincing" standard in an 8-0 decision.

  • Serves as independent fiduciary counsel to the board of directors of a $45 billion public pension fund.

News & Events

Former, Board of Directors, EarthLinks, Inc.

Publications & Presentations
  • J.D., 2009, with honors, The George Washington University Law School
  • B.A., 2006, with highest honors, University of Nebraska
  • Undergraduate Studies, 2005-2006, University of Granada (Granada, Spain)
  • Colorado

Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2015-2021

IMPACT Denver, 2016

Thurgood Marshall Scholar


Colorado Bar Association

Colorado Women's Bar Association