Dean E. Johnson

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Dean E. Johnson


Dean Johnson is a trial lawyer who focuses on criminal defense. His practice is devoted to providing aggressive, effective state-of-the-art representation to people who are facing the extraordinary stresses that accompany criminal litigation. Mr. Johnson has represented people from all walks of life throughout Northern California in both State and Federal court. His clients have included corporate CEO's, celebrities, athletes, judges and their families, law enforcement officers and their families, federal agents and venture capitalists.


  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 1980
    • Honors: Root-Tilden Fellow
  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
    • B.A. - 1972
    • Honors: National Merit Scholar
    • Major: Mathematics and Philosophy
  • Columbia University, New York, New York
    • M.A. M. Phil. - 1977
    • Honors: University Fellow, National Science Foundation Fellow
    • Major: Political Science

Media Credits

Mr. Johnson is one of America's most widely recognized legal analysts. Nicknamed "The Dean of Legal Analysts," Dean has appeared on every broadcast and cable news network. He has been a regular guest on CNN American Morning, on MSNBC and on The Fox News Channel. He has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline and the CBS Evening News. His comments on legal affairs have appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Baltimore Sun Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News and People Magazine, to name just a few. Dean is currently under exclusive contract for local TV programming to ABC-7 News in San Francisco. As an analyst, he regularly covers high profile legal stories on both a local and national level, including th United States Supreme Court Nomination Process, the Same Sex Marriage litigation, the Barry Bonds Case, the Michael Jackson trial, and the Scott Peterson murder case.

Strategic Decision Making

Mr. Johnson is a permanent member of the adjunct faculty of Notre Dame DeNamur University in Belmont, California, where he teaches in the Graduate School of Business and Management. He designed the course "Game Theory, Negotiation and Strategic Decision Making." In the process of designing and teaching the course, Mr. Johnson had done original work on the science of strategy and decision making. He has taught his unique approach to decision making to numerous business executives and public officials, has applied it in his analysis of news stories and uses it daily in developing winning litigation strategies.


  • Office of the District Attorney San Mateo County, Deputy District Attorney, 1983 to 1998
  • Arnold & Porter, Associate, 1980 to 1981


  • San Mateo County Bar Association, State Convention Delegate, 2010 - Present

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1983

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