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Dan Johnson has more than 30 years of experience helping government contractors and other clients successfully resolve contract and employment disputes.

Mr. Johnson has extensive trial experience, resulting in bench and jury verdicts in favor of his clients. These include trial victories in multi-million dollar trade secret cases, complex business litigation arising from prime-sub relationships, and other business disputes.

  • Summary judgment for life sciences company in False Claim Act retaliation lawsuit by former employee.
  • Complete jury verdict for defendant aerospace contractor in trade secrets case. Mr. Johnson was the lead trial counsel for an aerospace contractor accused by a competitor of theft of trade secrets and other misdeeds. The plaintiff sought $30,000,000, but Mr. Johnson convinced the jury to completely reject the claims.
  • Multi-million dollar judgment for defense contractor in trade secrets case. Mr. Johnson was the lead trial counsel for a government contractor suing for theft of trade secrets and conspiracy by former employees and a competitor. After the trial, the court awarded Mr. Johnson’s client over $5,000,000, and the verdict was affirmed on appeal.
  • Complete bench verdict for defendant government contractor in multi-million dollar prime-sub litigation. Mr. Johnson led the Covington trial team representing a prime contractor accused of breach of a subcontract. After the trial, the court entered a judgment in favor of Covington’s client on all claims, which was affirmed on appeal.
  • Complete summary judgment for defense contractor client. Mr. Johnson was lead counsel for a government prime contractor accused of fraud, misuse of trade secrets, and breach of a subcontract. Mr. Johnson convinced the court to enter a summary judgment in favor of his client.
  • Successful resolution of $80,000,000 trade secret and fiduciary duty claims brought against defense contractor clients by competitor and former employer. Mr. Johnson led the negotiations to a confidential settlement.
  • Complete verdict for government contractor in labor case. Mr. Johnson was trial co-counsel for a government contractor accused of violating federal labor laws by refusing to hire certain workers. Mr. Johnson helped convince the trial judge that the client had not violated the law.
  • Arbitration verdict for software developer. In this “bet the company” case, Mr. Johnson was lead trial/arbitration counsel for a software development company defending against claims of breach of a software development subcontract for the New York City subway system. Mr. Johnson obtained a complete defense verdict for his client.
  • Successful resolution of employment disputes. In various matters, Mr. Johnson has been lead counsel for employers accused of employment discrimination and/or violation of other employment laws. Mr. Johnson has negotiated favorable settlements for his clients, avoiding the expense and uncertainty of trial.

Reported Cases Include:

  • Plainville Electrical Products Co. v. Bechtel Bettis, Inc., No. 3:06cv920 (SRU), 2009 WL 801639 (D. Conn. Mar. 26, 2009).
  • ManTech Int’l v. Analex Corp., 75 Va. Cir. 354 (Fairfax Co. Cir. Ct. Jul 18, 2008).
  • Advanced Marine Enterprises, Inc. v. PRC Inc., 256 Va. 106 (1998).
  • United Technologies Corp. v. Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corp., No. 95-444-RRM, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13523 (D. Del. Aug. 14, 1998).
  • DynaLantic Corp. v. Department of Defense, 115 F.3d 1012 (D.C. Cir. 1997).
  • United States v. Laerdal Manuf. Corp., 853 F. Supp. 1219 (D. Or. 1994).
  • Monoflo Int'l, Inc. v. Sahm, 726 F. Supp. 121 (E.D. Va. 1989).

Memberships and Affiliations

  • The District of Columbia Bar, Litigation and Employment Sections
  • Legal 500 US, Intellectual Property - Trade Secrets (2017)  
  • Washington Business Journal, Employment Litigation “Top Washington Lawyer” (2008)