Brian C. Johnson



P: 801.532.7080

F: 801.596.1508

Brian has over 35-years experience handling commercial litigation issues including antitrust and unfair competition matters, false advertising claims, product marketing and distribution issues, non- competition claims, business disputes, and agreement and contract problems. He has successfully tried substantial jury and bench cases in Federal and State courts.

Brian also has substantial experience handling employment issues such as negotiating collective bargaining agreements, resisting union organization efforts, dealing with unfair labor practice charges, solving labor disputes, and litigating wrongful termination, wage dispute, sexual harassment, employer practices, Title VII employment discrimination, employee discipline issues, and agreement and contract cases.

Brian additionally has represented criminal defendants in major crimes, running the gamut from murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, felony drug distribution, to various white-collar criminal activity.  He has not only plea bargained such cases, he has tried them to conclusion before juries.



President and CEO, Verisen Oil & Gas Company, 1996-2001 Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa and adjunct faculty member at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, 1996-2005 Law Clerk, Honorable Stephanie K. Seymour, United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1981-1982 Director, The First National Bank & Trust Co. of Okmulgee, 1996-present Director, Okmulgee Ready Mix, Inc., 1996-present Trustee, The Sam Viersen Family Charitable Foundation, 1996-present Trustee, The University of California Hastings Law School 1066 Society, 2008-present

Professional Recognitions

Recognized in “Best Lawyers in America”
Recognized in Utah Business Magazine’s “Utah Legal Elite”
“AV” rated with Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating awarded to attorneys for professional competence and ethics
Recognized in “American Lawyers of Distinction”


Author, Declaring Same Sex Public Education and Advancing the Equality of the Sexes, 25 Thomas Jefferson Law Revew 53 (2002)
Co-Author, Wage and Hour Laws in Utah, Utah Bar Journal (1997)
Author, More Owners Using “No Damages for Delay Clauses”, Journal of Associated General Contractors of Colorado (1987)
Co-Author, Inverse Condemnation in the Land Planning Process, 10-2 Utah Planner 3 (February 1984)
Co-Author, Vested Rights in the Land Planning Process, 9-7 Utah Planner 3 (November 1983)

Salt Lake Office



  • Commercial Litigation

  • Employment

  • Criminal Trials