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David Johanson | Los Angeles Litigation Lawyer

David Johanson Lawyer

David R Johanson

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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 Office Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young, LLP N/A Present
Equity Partner Jackson Lewis LLP N/A 2012-2014
Owner Johanson Berenson LLP N/A 1997-2012
School Degree Major Graduation
University of Minnesota Law School J.D., cum laude Law School 1986
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Bachelors N/A 1980
State / Court Date
Texas 2016
California 1993
District Of Columbia 1989
Minnesota 1986
  • 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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(1993) Licensed as Attorney in California. Verified with California Bar Association. June 18, 2017
(1989) Licensed as Attorney in District of Columbia. Verified with District of Columbia Bar. June 18, 2017
(1986) Licensed as Attorney in Minnesota. Verified with Minnesota Judicial Branch. June 18, 2017
(2016) Licensed as Attorney in Texas. Verified with Texas Bar Association. June 18, 2017

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