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Mark D. Johnson

Mark D. Johnson

Partner| Los Angeles


Mark Johnson is trial lawyer, arbitrator and mediator. He has lead or first chair experience in over 20 jury trials, bench trials and complex arbitrations concerning construction, energy, environmental, land use, oil and gas, products liability, eminent domain, real estate and toxic tort matters. Mark is Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® judicial and peer review rated and is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Commercial Arbitrators. He has a degree in Petroleum Engineering. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mark worked as an engineer for the California Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources.

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Representative Matters
  • Represented a metals processing company in a lawsuit alleging that the company was liable for over $200 million under California False Claims Act for allegedly falsifying air emissions data to avoid AQMD fines and penalties.
  • Represented a large chemical company in a lawsuit alleging that it was responsible for soil and groundwater contamination on property where it formerly operated.
  • Represented a manufacturing company in a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that the company was responsible for exposures to asbestos which caused plaintiff’s mesothelioma and resulting death.
  • Represented a tenant in a jury trial with respect to claims by its landlord that the tenant was responsible for PCB and VOC soil and groundwater contamination at a manufacturing site. Represented a major oil company in a jury trial regarding claims that the company was responsible for the clean-up of gasoline and MTBE contamination of the soil and groundwater contamination of a former gasoline service station site, as well as the alleged lost profits from development of the site.
  • Represented an oil and gas exploration and production company in a lawsuit alleging that its rights to certain oil and gas leases in Beverly Hills had terminated.
  • Represented a property owner in a trial challenging permit conditions imposed on a proposed ocean front development by the California Coastal Commission.
Published Decisions
  • Shamsian v. Atlantic Richfield Company (2003) 107 Cal. App. 4th 967; establishing the statute of limitations for claims under Proposition 65

Mark Johnson is trial lawyer, arbitrator and mediator. He has lead or first chair experience in over 20 jury trials, bench trials and complex arbitrations concerning construction, energy, environmental, land use, oil and gas, products liability, eminent domain, real estate and toxic tort matters. Mark is Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® judicial and peer review rated and is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Commercial Arbitrators. He has a degree in Petroleum Engineering. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mark worked as an engineer for the California Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources.

Mark has represented owners, general contractors, subcontractors and design professionals in private and public works construction litigation involving extra work claims, changed condition claims, delay claims, loss of productivity claims, defective work claims, products liability claims regarding defects in construction materials, California contractor’s licensing laws, the California False Claims Act, the Federal False Claims Act, Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development regulations and requirements, bid protests, mechanic's lien and stop notice claims, surety bond claims, professional liability of engineers and product liability claims. Mark’s construction litigation experience includes all manner of projects, including airports, bridges, commercial buildings, condominiums, dams, highways, hospitals, hotels, medical buildings, multi-family buildings, office buildings, oil and gas distribution terminals and refineries, oil and gas wells, pipelines, power plants, rail roads, residential projects, sewers, solar projects, tunnels, and waste water treatment plants. Mark also counsel clients on drafting construction, design and EPC contracts, public contract bidding laws, stop notice and mechanic's lien laws, surety bond issues, and compliance with contractor licensing laws.

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Representative Matters
  • Represented a metals processing company in a lawsuit alleging that the company was liable for over $200 million under California False Claims Act for allegedly falsifying air emissions data to avoid AQMD fines and penalties.
  • Represented a large chemical company in a lawsuit alleging that it was responsible for soil and groundwater contamination on property where it formerly operated.
  • Represented a manufacturing company in a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that the company was responsible for exposures to asbestos which caused plaintiff’s mesothelioma and resulting death.
  • Represented a tenant in a jury trial with respect to claims by its landlord that the tenant was responsible for PCB and VOC soil and groundwater contamination at a manufacturing site. Represented a major oil company in a jury trial regarding claims that the company was responsible for the clean-up of gasoline and MTBE contamination of the soil and groundwater contamination of a former gasoline service station site, as well as the alleged lost profits from development of the site.
  • Represented an oil and gas exploration and production company in a lawsuit alleging that its rights to certain oil and gas leases in Beverly Hills had terminated.
  • Represented a property owner in a trial challenging permit conditions imposed on a proposed ocean front development by the California Coastal Commission.
Published Decisions
  • Shamsian v. Atlantic Richfield Company (2003) 107 Cal. App. 4th 967; establishing the statute of limitations for claims under Proposition 65

Mark Johnson is trial lawyer, arbitrator and mediator. He has lead or first chair experience in over 20 jury trials, bench trials and complex arbitrations concerning construction, energy, environmental, land use, oil and gas, products liability, eminent domain, real estate and toxic tort matters. Mark is Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® judicial and peer review rated and is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Commercial Arbitrators. He has a degree in Petroleum Engineering. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mark worked as an engineer for the California Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources.

Mark’s environmental litigation experience includes claims regarding CERCLA (including Natural resource damages claims), Federal Clean Water Act, RCRA, California Coastal Act, California Hazardous Substance Account Act, California’s Proposition 65, air quality regulations, soil and groundwater contamination, insurance coverage for environmental contamination, siting of conventional and renewable power plants, products liability claims regarding environmental contamination, landlord-tenant disputes regarding responsibility for environmental contamination and personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from environmental exposure, including cases involving exposure to asbestos, benzene, chlorinated solvents, lead, PCBs and silica dust. Mark also provides environmental due diligence for corporate and real estate transaction and counsel on environmental statutes and regulatory agency requirements, contaminated property development, renewable fuel standards, hazardous waste clean-up, and insurance coverage for environmental claims.  Mark has represented clients in administrative proceedings and enforcement actions before various governmental agencies, including various regional water quality control boards, California’s State Water Resources Control Board, California’s Attorney General’s office, CAL OSHA, California’s Air Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and US EPA. Published decision: Shamsian v. Atlantic Richfield Company (2003) 107 Cal. App. 4th 967; establishing the statute of limitations for claims under Proposition 65.

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Representative Matters
  • Represented a metals processing company in a lawsuit alleging that the company was liable for over $200 million under California False Claims Act for allegedly falsifying air emissions data to avoid AQMD fines and penalties.
  • Represented a large chemical company in a lawsuit alleging that it was responsible for soil and groundwater contamination on property where it formerly operated.
  • Represented a manufacturing company in a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that the company was responsible for exposures to asbestos which caused plaintiff’s mesothelioma and resulting death.
  • Represented a tenant in a jury trial with respect to claims by its landlord that the tenant was responsible for PCB and VOC soil and groundwater contamination at a manufacturing site. Represented a major oil company in a jury trial regarding claims that the company was responsible for the clean-up of gasoline and MTBE contamination of the soil and groundwater contamination of a former gasoline service station site, as well as the alleged lost profits from development of the site.
  • Represented an oil and gas exploration and production company in a lawsuit alleging that its rights to certain oil and gas leases in Beverly Hills had terminated.
  • Represented a property owner in a trial challenging permit conditions imposed on a proposed ocean front development by the California Coastal Commission.
Published Decisions
  • Shamsian v. Atlantic Richfield Company (2003) 107 Cal. App. 4th 967; establishing the statute of limitations for claims under Proposition 65

Mark Johnson is trial lawyer, arbitrator and mediator. He has lead or first chair experience in over 20 jury trials, bench trials and complex arbitrations concerning construction, energy, environmental, land use, oil and gas, products liability, eminent domain, real estate and toxic tort matters. Mark is Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® judicial and peer review rated and is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Commercial Arbitrators. He has a degree in Petroleum Engineering. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mark worked as an engineer for the California Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources.

Mark’s oil and gas litigation experience includes, oil and gas lease disputes, oil and gas well drilling disputes, oil and production facility and pipeline construction disputes, oil and gas unit disputes, damage to oil and gas production zone disputes, hydraulic fracturing issues, trespass, oil and gas royalty disputes, oil and gas lease termination disputes. He has also represented oil and gas clients in administrative proceedings before the California Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources.

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Representative Matters
  • Represented a metals processing company in a lawsuit alleging that the company was liable for over $200 million under California False Claims Act for allegedly falsifying air emissions data to avoid AQMD fines and penalties.
  • Represented a large chemical company in a lawsuit alleging that it was responsible for soil and groundwater contamination on property where it formerly operated.
  • Represented a manufacturing company in a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that the company was responsible for exposures to asbestos which caused plaintiff’s mesothelioma and resulting death.
  • Represented a tenant in a jury trial with respect to claims by its landlord that the tenant was responsible for PCB and VOC soil and groundwater contamination at a manufacturing site. Represented a major oil company in a jury trial regarding claims that the company was responsible for the clean-up of gasoline and MTBE contamination of the soil and groundwater contamination of a former gasoline service station site, as well as the alleged lost profits from development of the site.
  • Represented an oil and gas exploration and production company in a lawsuit alleging that its rights to certain oil and gas leases in Beverly Hills had terminated.
  • Represented a property owner in a trial challenging permit conditions imposed on a proposed ocean front development by the California Coastal Commission.
Published Decisions
  • Shamsian v. Atlantic Richfield Company (2003) 107 Cal. App. 4th 967; establishing the statute of limitations for claims under Proposition 65

Mark Johnson is trial lawyer, arbitrator and mediator. He has lead or first chair experience in over 20 jury trials, bench trials and complex arbitrations concerning construction, energy, environmental, land use, oil and gas, products liability, eminent domain, real estate and toxic tort matters. Mark is Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® judicial and peer review rated and is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Commercial Arbitrators. He has a degree in Petroleum Engineering. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mark worked as an engineer for the California Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources.

Mark’s land use litigation experience includes litigation concerning the California Environmental Quality Act, the California Coastal Act, local agency development standards and zoning issues, siting of conventional and renewable power plants, the National Environmental Policy Act and wetlands issues. He has handled over a dozen CEQA matters through trial.

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Representative Matters
  • Represented a metals processing company in a lawsuit alleging that the company was liable for over $200 million under California False Claims Act for allegedly falsifying air emissions data to avoid AQMD fines and penalties.
  • Represented a large chemical company in a lawsuit alleging that it was responsible for soil and groundwater contamination on property where it formerly operated.
  • Represented a manufacturing company in a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that the company was responsible for exposures to asbestos which caused plaintiff’s mesothelioma and resulting death.
  • Represented a tenant in a jury trial with respect to claims by its landlord that the tenant was responsible for PCB and VOC soil and groundwater contamination at a manufacturing site. Represented a major oil company in a jury trial regarding claims that the company was responsible for the clean-up of gasoline and MTBE contamination of the soil and groundwater contamination of a former gasoline service station site, as well as the alleged lost profits from development of the site.
  • Represented an oil and gas exploration and production company in a lawsuit alleging that its rights to certain oil and gas leases in Beverly Hills had terminated.
  • Represented a property owner in a trial challenging permit conditions imposed on a proposed ocean front development by the California Coastal Commission.
Published Decisions
  • Shamsian v. Atlantic Richfield Company (2003) 107 Cal. App. 4th 967; establishing the statute of limitations for claims under Proposition 65
  • Loyola Law School (J.D., 1987)
  • University of Southern California (B.S. Petroleum Engineering, 1984)
  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
      • Water Quality and Wetlands Committee, Vice-Chair
    • Litigation Section
      • Construction Litigation Committee
        • Green Building and Renewable Energy Subcommittee, Co-Chair
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
  • JD Supra®, Readers’ Choice, Top Construction Author (2017)
  • Alston & Bird, LLP, Partner (2012-2015)
  • Manatt, Phelps& Phillips, LLP, Partner (1999-2012)
     
  • California