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Daniel E. Johnson

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Daniel E. Johnson
Partner - Washington, DC

Dan Johnson is a partner in McKenna Long & Aldridge's Washington D.C. office and a member of the firm's Litigation and Employer Services Groups.

Mr. Johnson represents companies and associations in employment and litigation matters. His experience in employment matters includes: employment agreements; covenants not to compete; confidentiality agreements; personnel policies and practices; wage, leave and disability laws; employee discipline and terminations; harassment and discrimination claims; fiduciary duty claims; wrongful discharge claims; defamation claims and "whistle blower" claims. He also has extensive experience in internal investigations of employee misconduct, as well as EEOC investigations.

Mr. Johnson has over 30 years of experience litigating complex disputes and has successfully represented clients in multi-million dollar trade secret claims, contract claims, software development disputes, product liability claims, and various business disputes arising from corporate asset acquisitions, stock purchases, joint venture arrangements, sales of commercials goods, construction projects and government procurements.

In 2008, the Washington Business Journal selected Mr. Johnson as the “Top Washington Lawyer” in employment litigation. In 2007, the Washington Business Journal selected him as one of three finalists for the award for the year.

Representative Matters

  • Lead trial counsel for defendant aerospace contractor accused of theft of trade secrets. Plaintiff sought $13,000,000. Obtained complete jury verdict for client.
  • Lead trial counsel for plaintiff service contractor in suit over theft of trade secrets and conspiracy by competitor and former employees. Obtained $5,000,000 verdict for client; verdict affirmed on appeal.
  • Lead counsel for defendant government contractor accused of fraud, misuse of trade secrets and breach of subcontract. Obtained complete summary judgment for defendant.
  • Trial co-counsel for contractor accused of violating federal labor laws. Obtained complete defense verdict.
  • Lead trial/arbitration counsel for software developer defending claims of breach of subcontract. Obtained complete defense verdict.
  • In various matters, lead counsel for employers accused of employment discrimination and/or violation of other employment laws. Obtained favorable settlements for clients.

Notable Engagements

Dan Johnson’s reported cases include:

  • Plainville Electrical Products Co. v. Bechtel Bettis, Inc., No. 3:06cv920 (SRU), 2009 WL 801639 (D. Conn. Mar. 26, 2009).
  • ManTech Int’l v. Analex Corp., 75 Va. Cir. 354 (Fairfax Co. Cir. Ct. Jul 18, 2008).
  • Advanced Marine Enterprises, Inc. v. PRC Inc., 256 Va. 106 (1998).
  • United Technologies Corp. v. Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corp., No. 95-444-RRM, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13523 (D. Del. Aug. 14, 1998).
  • DynaLantic Corp. v. Department of Defense, 115 F.3d 1012 (D.C. Cir. 1997).
  • United States v. Laerdal Manuf. Corp., 853 F. Supp. 1219 (D. Or. 1994).
  • Monoflo Int'l, Inc. v. Sahm, 726 F. Supp. 121 (E.D. Va. 1989).


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1983
  • B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, magna cum laude, 1980

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

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