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 Summer Associate Committee and as the hiring and review partner for the Litigation Department.
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.
Former, Board of Directors, EarthLinks, Inc.
New Record FCPA Settlement Should Serve as a Compliance Wake-Up CallCo-author, The WLF Legal Pulse, November 3, 2020
OMB Guidance On Federal Enforcement Actions Reflects Respect For Civil LibertiesCo-author, The WLF Legal Pulse, October 15, 2020
DOJ And SEC’s Updated Resource Guide: What FCPA Enforcement Targets Need To KnowCo-author, WLF Legal Pulse, August 6, 2020
Kokesh May Lead to Lower Monetary Sanctions in SEC Enforcement ProceedingsBrownstein Client Alert, June 21, 2017
The Year Ahead for GCs and Compliance Officers: Reporting from the Annual SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society SeminarCo-author, Brownstein Client Alert, March 27, 2017
Brownstein Victory Demonstrates Value of Vigorously Challenging Materiality Allegations in Securities Fraud TrialsBrownstein Client Alert, January 10, 2017
Supreme Court Opens Pathway To Increased Insider Trading ProsecutionsBrownstein Client Alert, December 7, 2016
Insider Trading - Will The U.S. Supreme Court Roll Back Newman?Brownstein Client Alert, October 7, 2016
D.C. Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Law JudgesBrownstein Client Alert, August 10, 2016
June Marks Upsurge in SEC Whistleblower AwardsBrownstein Client Alert, June 15, 2016
SEC’s Andrew Ceresney Warns Private EquityBrownstein Client Alert, June 8, 2016
Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Standards in Corporate TakeoversBrownstein Client Alert, May 23, 2016
Rocky Mountain Securities Conference: Cybersecurity Takes Center StageBrownstein Client Alert, May 17, 2016
Rocky Mountain Securities Conference: Corporate Disclosures Reform Next for SECBrownstein Client Alert, May 11, 2016
Victory in Clean Water Act Case Saves Community’s Water SupplyBrownstein Client Alert, January 29, 2015
SEC Cooperation Agreements: With the Right Approach, Potentially a Valuable Tool for Those Facing SanctionsBrownstein Client Alert, July 1, 2014
Brownstein Trial Victory Provides Executive Compensation Plan GuidanceBrownstein Client Alert, March 3, 2014
Email Users Beware: Companies and Corporate Officers Should Evaluate Email Practices in Light of Delaware Chancery Court DecisionBrownstein Client Alert, October 2, 2013
Client Alert: Brief Overview of Discussion Draft of Graham Energy BillBrownstein Client Alert, February 19, 2010
Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2015-2020
IMPACT Denver, 2016
Thurgood Marshall Scholar
Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Women's Bar Association