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David Johnson

David Johnson

Contracts / Solutions-focused In-house Business Counsel

Dallas
Texas
Licensed in
TX
Valparaiso University Law School

"Great Experience! Highly Recommend"

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About
Solutions-focused in-house business counsel. 25 years experience includes 8 years as sole in-house counsel for international telecom/electronics engineering and manufacturing company working with CFO, CEO and VPs. Detail-oriented, thorough and results-focused; take a practical approach to solving problems; able to think critically and provide sound judgment and counsel.

Affordable volume-based contracts review and drafting. Based on monthly volume, current rate slashed to $125/hr for first 40 hours/month/client. For each hour over and above 40 hours/month/client, the rate immediately drops to $100/hr.
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Client Reviews

5.0
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Clear Communication
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Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"I can tell you from experience that David Johnson is awesome! David worked for me for many years, and he is one of the best, if not the best legal guy I have worked with in my career; he has all the attributes you would want in a legal person: dedicated, hardworking, focused, detailed oriented, very experienced in contracts ... and honest as the day is long. He is also an excellent numbers guy, so he can analyze and understand the business side of contracts, transactions and disputes. David has earned my respect and "seal of approval." Sometimes it helps if you know someone who has worked with someone else, and David is one of those guys you want to work with; he was a life-saver for me!"

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"We didn’t have our own General Counsel and couldn’t afford to send every contract to our downtown outside counsel for review, so we brought David in to help manage the load on a much more cost-effective manner. It was a bit of a David & Goliath situation (no pun intended) – along with weekly NDAs we were negotiating huge contracts with companies that probably had 100 person legal teams, and behind the scenes, we just had David. We were always able to strike a fair deal and get the terms and conditions we could live with."

Contracts review and management
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"Great Experience! Highly Recommend"

Review Joint Venture Agreement
Posted on Jun 21, 2016

Work History

David C. Johnson

Senior Legal Counsel / Stock Plan Administrator

Oct 2015 - Present

Provide outsourced general counsel services and commercial contract review and drafting for small to medium size companies who either do not have a GC or need additional in-house counsel resources. Provide outsourced part-time full-scale corporate stock administration services to companies either on-site or remote.

Oct 2015 - Present

Interphase Corporation

Legal Counsel & Asst. Corp. Secretary

Mar 2007 - Sep 2015

Sole in-house legal counsel. Managed all global contracts (NDA, OEM/ODM, Purchase/Supplier, SOW, SCLA, Customer Support, Consulting, Distributor/Rep, Reseller, CM, Equip. Leases, SARAs). Analyzed disputes, advised execs and prepared responses. Managed IP portfolio. Managed stock equity plans (RSA/Option grants/cancels/vests/exercises; 10b5-1s; SEC filings). Coordinated annual shareholder meeting.

Mar 2007 - Sep 2015

Winstead PC

Attorney, Labor & Employment

Aug 2005 - Dec 2006

Represented management in labor and employment law matters. Advised HR and business managers on strategy and compliance with labor/employment laws, and protection/enforcement of trade secrets, non-competes, and NDAs. Reviewed and analyzed corporate contracts, employment policies, procedures and handbooks for compliance, improvement and dispute resolution. Spoke and presented at seminars.

Aug 2005 - Dec 2006

Bickel & Brewer

Attorney, Complex Commercial Litigation

Aug 2003 - Aug 2005

Experience gained with document production and e-discovery. Experience reviewing partnership, management and purchase/sale agreements, fee calculations/transactions/distributions, revenues/expenses, SEC filings, tender offers, fairness opinions, fiduciary duty, fraud, territorial restrictions, school district employment policy non-compliance/discrimination, auto-accident insurance failure-to-pay.

Aug 2003 - Aug 2005

Law Office of David C. Johnson

Attorney and Counselor at Law

Jan 2002 - Aug 2003

Advised and counseled clients on Estate Planning, Business Formation, Employment Law, Arbitration Agreements, Settlement Agreements and Releases, Contracts Review, Creditor/Debtor Matters, and Auto Accident Insurance Liability.

Jan 2002 - Aug 2003

Nortel Networks

Business Planning and Analysis / Strategic Pricing / Commercial Marketing

Oct 1997 - Dec 2001

Provided analysis, planning, and reporting to executives for R&D technology organization. Analyzed market pricing, margins and discounts, ascertained product value to customers, and developed list pricing for wireless products. Reviewed and evaluated contract terms and conditions. Reviewed, developed, and suggested improvements for business cases. Worked with R&D, Fin, HR, Sales, PLM and Bus. Dev.

Oct 1997 - Dec 2001

Frito-Lay

Attorney, Labor & Employment

Jan 1994 - Oct 1997

Examined and investigated allegations of employment discrimination, evaluated company policies and procedures for compliance, prepared and submitted company position statements, and responded to EEOC inquiries. Advised HR Directors and Manufacturing and Sales Managers on compliance with applicable employment laws. Obtained dismissals of nearly all discrimination charges, avoiding litigation.

Jan 1994 - Oct 1997

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