Email: Leslie Johnson
Leslie has been practicing law in Oregon since 1995 and in Washington since 1996. She has focused on business litigation and business law, and brings to her practice a broad range of pre-law experience in traditional business settings, including six years at NIKE, Inc., and in law offices, working on complex business transactions and business litigation issues. Her law practice has since extended to all types of business disputes, with emphasis on corporate governance, shareholder agreements and disputes, employment law, business and real property transactions, franchise disputes, and lawyer and accountant malpractice. She has appeared, with success, in private arbitrations and in state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington, in Oregon’s Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit, and by pro hac vice admission in Delaware’s Court of Chancery and the federal court there.
She is a native Oregonian, a graduate of Portland State University (B.S., 1991) and of the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College (J.D., 1995). In addition to her current membership in the Oregon and Washington State Bar Associations, the Multnomah County (Oregon) and Clark County (Washington) Bar Associations, and the American Bar Association, Leslie was a member of the Gus J. Solomon American Inn of Court for many years, and has served on a number of bar committees and in the House of Delegates of the Oregon State Bar.
She was honored by her law school in 2005 with the Joyce Ann Harpole Award, given to a graduate who exemplifies a high standard of professionalism. She holds the highest rating (‘AV’) from publisher Martindale Hubbell and joined the list Oregon SuperLawyers in 2014. She is an occasional speaker at local and state bar association CLE’s on practical litigation skills, and has co-authored chapters of the Oregon State Bar publications INSURANCE (chapter 2, ‘Understanding and Interpreting Policy Language,’ 1996 revision and 1999 supplement), FEDERAL CIVIL LITIGATION (chapter 16, ‘Depositions,’ 1998 supplement), and CIVIL PLEADING AND PRACTICE (chapter 25, ‘Depositions,’ 1998 supplement), and an outline of Clark County [Washington] Practice and Procedure presented as a Multnomah Bar Association CLE in 2000, 2002 and 2003.
Outside of her practice, Leslie enjoys a range of civic activities including long-time and active membership in the City Club of Portland, service on the advisory council for Profile Theatre Project, and board and committee activities in Portland’s neighborhood associations.