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David Johanson | Los Angeles Litigation Lawyer

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David R. Johanson is Partner-in-Charge of the Napa office of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP. He also has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York to cover his national practice.

Mr. Johanson assists clients in general corporate matters and in employee ownership, benefit, ERISA, and related business matters, with an emphasis on executive compensation, equity incentive plans, non-qualified deferred compensation, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), ESOP transactions, mergers and acquisitions (and related tax planning), and business succession and estate planning. Mr. Johanson has served as outside general counsel to numerous corporate clients over the past 30 years. Mr. Johanson also frequently appears on behalf of clients in business and employment-oriented defense litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country, before regulatory agencies (e.g., U.S. Department of Labor, California Labor Commissioner, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), in tax controversies before the Internal Revenue Service and comparable state regulatory agencies, against felony criminal indictments in U.S. Federal Court, and in dispute resolutions of various kinds. Mr. Johanson represents corporations in shareholder and non-competition disputes. Mr. Johanson is a member of the Southern California Mediation Association and a frequent Lecturer for the University of Southern California Mediation Clinic. Mr. Johanson has actively served as a Temporary Judge on a pro bono basis for the Los Angeles County Superior Courts since October of 2009.

Mr. Johanson has defended ERISA fiduciaries, plan sponsors, selling shareholders, and investment advisers in ERISA litigation matters involving ESOPs and business transactions in federal and state courts throughout the country in a wide range of controversies covering ERISA fiduciary responsibilities, ESOP valuation disputes, disclosure obligations, investment issues, and tax matters. He has extensive experience in negotiating ESOP, ERISA, and other issues with government regulatory agencies and in representing ERISA fiduciaries in litigation.

Recognized nationally for his experience and expertise in the ESOP and executive compensation field, Mr. Johanson is a past chair (1993-1995 and 2005-2007) of the legislative and regulatory advisory committee of The ESOP Association. He also is a past chair of The ESOP Association’s advisory committee chairs council and is a former member of its board of directors. Mr. Johanson was honored at the 17th annual conference of The ESOP Association as the outstanding committee chair for 1993-94. Mr. Johanson served for more than ten years as General Counsel to The National Center for Employee Ownership and on its board of directors.
Position Organization Location Duration
Managing Partner of Napa, CA OfficeHawkins Parnell Thackston & Young, LLPPresent
Equity PartnerJackson Lewis LLP2012-2014
OwnerJohanson Berenson LLP1997-2012
School Degree Major Graduation
University of Minnesota Law SchoolJ.D., cum laude Law School1986  
University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesBachelors, Summa Cum LaudeAccounting and Political Science06/1983
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Texas2016
California1993
District Of Columbia1989
Minnesota1986
  • The ESOP Association | Member        
    New York State Bar Association | Member        
    Minnesota State Bar Association | Member        
    Maryland State Bar Association | Member        
    District of Columbia Bar | Member
  • Who's Who In American Law        
    AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated | Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP | Description and Purpose of an ESOP | 2016
    Acquisition International | The Pros & Cons of Employee Stock Ownership Plans | 2016
    NCEO: Equity Alternatives (13th ed.) | Direct Stock Purchases in Closely Held Companies | 2015
    The Travelers Companies, Inc. Client Alert | ESOP Drafting Considerations to Reinforce the Moench Presumption | 2014
    The Advantages of Selling to an ESOP | 2013
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