Economic Advisor, Trade Policy Unit International, Trade and Export Control, Directorate
Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (UK)
STEPHEN JOHNSON is the Partner in charge of Kirkland's San Francisco intellectual property group. He is also a founding partner of both Kirkland's San Francisco and New York offices and the former head of Kirkland's New York intellectual property group. Mr. Johnson focuses his personal practice on domestic and international transactions. His practice draws on his many years experience working on a wide variety of transactions for both investors and corporate clients as well as his background in biology and intellectual property. Mr. Johnson typically works in situations where intellectual property rights are crucial‚ where a client is entering into critical transactions with third parties or where a new transaction structure may be required. Mr. Johnson also works on novel transactions such as those involving the monetization of intellectual property in the biotech and pharma industries. In this connection‚ Mr. Johnson has led numerous in depth due diligence projects. Mr. Johnson delivers practical‚ business oriented advice in complicated technological and legal situations. According to Chambers USA‚ America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2007‚ one client said‚ "He's someone who can speak pragmatically and tell me what I really need to know about a matter." Mr. Johnson is a former senior chair of Technology Committee of the International Bar Association. Mr. Johnson received a degree in Genetics from Cambridge University and law degrees from the College of Law‚ London and Chicago Kent College of Law‚ Chicago. He has practiced in the U.S. since 1982.