Patrick J. Johnson - Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP

Patrick J. Johnson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 919-573-6217

Patrick Johnson is a business lawyer and a partner in the firm's Raleigh office. He represents businesses in a variety of transactions. These include mergers and acquisitions, transfers of assets, commercial contracts, commercial loans and private placements of securities. He has extensive experience representing businesses in M&A transactions and commercial contracts. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2013) in Corporate Law and in Mergers and Acquisitions Law (Woodward/White).

Prior to joining Brooks Pierce in 2004, Patrick was a lawyer with Jones Day and Dewey Ballantine in New York. He also served as an investment banker with Robertson Stephens in New York, where he advised on M&A and capital markets transactions.

Patrick's practice includes representing businesses in international business transactions. He spent three months practicing in Dewey Ballantine's London office, has worked on cross-border transactions, and regularly counsels a global manufacturing business and advises them with respect to commercial arrangements involving foreign entities.

Articles, Publications, & Speeches

  • "Enforceability of Online Terms and Conditions Incorporated into a Written Contract," North Carolina Bar Association Business Law Section newsletter, April 2010
  • "Securities Law Issues and Answers for Small to Medium Sized Businesses," NBI CLE Seminar, December 2009
  • "LLC's: Securities Law Issues and Answers," NBI CLE Seminar, May 2009
  • "Joint Ventures: One Alternative to Financing a Deal Without Traditional Financing," North Carolina Bar Association Annual Real Property Section Meeting, April 2009
  • "Due Diligence in M&A Transactions," North Carolina Bar Association Annual Business Law Section Meeting, February 2008
  • "Limited Liability Companies - Creating Practical Operating Procedures," NBI CLE Seminar, August 2007
  • "SEC Disclosure Rules Regarding Internal Control Over Financial Reporting," Legal Topics Bulletin, August 2004

Representative Transactions

Patrick has significant experience advising on and negotiating transactions, including representing:

  • Media company in acquisition of assets of six radio stations
  • Private owner of broadcast television stations in sale of stations to public company
  • Private U.S. distribution company in sale to U.K. public company
  • Private media company in sale of cable systems to private investor
  • Two midwestern utilities in sale of jointly-held U.K. electricity distribution business to U.K. utility
  • Prominent investment banker in purchase of national magazine from large media company
  • National telecommunications company in a large equity investment by financial buyer in telecommunications company's reorganization in Chapter 11
  • Public telecommunications company in its acquisition by private telecommunications company
  • Private health care service provider in its acquisition of family-owned health care service provider
  • Private equity fund in its investments in cable service provider
  • Pension trust of Fortune 10 company in its investments in public hotel chain and private direct marketing company
  • Numerous borrowers in credit facilities

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2013-2016) 
  • 40 Under 40 Leadership Award, Triangle Business Journal, 2009
  • Power of Justice Award, Business Leader Magazine and NC Bar, 2008

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors (2014-2015), Rotary Club of Raleigh 
  • Board of Directors, United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County
  • Chair, Steering Committee, North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program (NC LEAP), 2006-2009
  • Council Member, Business Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association, 2009-2010
  • Vice Chair Member Relations of Leadership Raleigh Alumni Association, 2009-2010
  • Graduate, Leadership Raleigh, 2005-06
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Wake County Bar Association
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association


University of VirginiaBA 1991University of VirginiaJ.D. 1994
Rotary Club of RaleighUnited Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County

Office Location

Wells Fargo Capitol Center, Suite 1700
150 Fayetteville Street
P.O. Box 1800
Raleigh, NC 27602
United States

Practice Areas

Corporate Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law