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Frederick T. Johnson


Spencer Fane attorney Fred Johnson

T 713.212.2635
F 713.963.0859

Fred Johnson is a trial attorney with more than 27 years of experience litigating and trying cases to juries, judges, and arbitrators. He has represented clients as first chair trial attorney in more than 25 jury and bench trials, as lead counsel in contested matters seeking injunctive relief, in arbitrations and mediations. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of matters. Fred has spent most of his career litigating commercial cases involving businesses and individuals in a variety of areas. He has significant experience handling cases involving fiduciary duties, employment contracts, trade secrets, and non-compete agreements. He has handled and tried cases involving the construction industry, manufacturing, employment discrimination and wrongful termination, EEOC and OSHA investigations, legal malpractice, insurance coverage disputes, trust agreements, products liability, and more. He also handles matters seeking temporary restraining orders and injunctions. During his career, he has handled cases in Texas, California, Colorado, Utah, Illinois, Florida, Louisiana, and Delaware. He has represented clients before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, and the Texas Workforce Commission. Fred has also provided counseling and training for clients in the areas of employment /Title VII issues and litigation issues such as contribution and indemnity in Texas.

Highlights of Fred’s experience:

  • Represents a geotechnical engineering firm in various matters related to the company’s work performing geotechnical investigations for energy companies, municipalities, and others.
  • Represented a Columbus OH based biotech start-up in a dispute in Salt Lake City UT federal court against a large multi-national company over allegations of theft of trade secrets and breach of material transfer agreement. The case included managing 16 experts in complex scientific and legal subject areas and more than 50 depositions around the United States. The parties reached an 8-figure settlement agreement prior to trial.
  • Represented a former employee alleging breach of a purchase and sale agreement against the larger competitor company that acquired his smaller insurance brokerage. After a 5-day hearing, the arbitration panel awarded his client $1.4 million in damages and attorneys’ fees.

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  • AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell

Contact Fred Johnson at 713.212.2635 or fjohnson@spencerfane.com.