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The National Law Journal Names Josh Johnson to D.C. Rising Stars List

Joshua S. Johnson

The National Law Journal has named Vinson & Elkins counsel Josh Johnson to its 2020 D.C. Rising Stars list. The list features 40 D.C.-area lawyers under the age of 40, who have “proven their mettle where it counts, representing high-profile clients and securing high-dollar victories.”

In an August profile published by NLJ, Johnson recounts his May 2020 win for the State Bar of Texas against claims that the mandatory bar violates the First Amendment, as well as his first oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in December 2019 in a dispute over the copyrightability of certain state-government publications.

Before joining V&E, Johnson served in the Appellate Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, where he participated in briefing cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and argued five cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals. He also clerked for judges at all three levels of the federal court system—Judge Nancy Gertner (District of Massachusetts, 2009–2010), Judge David S. Tatel (D.C. Circuit, 2010–2011) and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (U.S. Supreme Court, 2012–2013)—citing them to NLJ as some of his greatest mentors.

Johnson’s practice involves a wide range of civil and criminal matters in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts, as well as matters in federal trial courts and regulatory and legal counseling.

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