Bruce E. H. Johnson

Bruce E. H. Johnson


Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Recognized since 1993

Seattle, Washington

Practice Areas

Advertising Law

Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law

First Amendment Law

Litigation - First Amendment

Media Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - First Amendment Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Litigation - First Amendment Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - First Amendment Law
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Bruce Johnson, a veteran litigator, represents information industry clients on issues involving media and communications law as well as technology and intellectual property matters. His expertise includes advising on First Amendment law issues, particularly involving commercial speech, commercial transactions and consumer rights. The author of Washington’s Reporter’s Shield Law enacted in 2007, the Washington Act Limiting Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation ("Washington Anti-SLAPP Law") enacted in 2010, and Washington’s Uniform Correction or Clarification of Defamation Act enacted in 2013, Bruce represents clients in Internet related litigation and liabilities. He also represents national clients in privacy and security matters, advertising liability risks, defamation and Internet and online liability cases. He is the co-author of "Advertising and Commercial Speech, A First Amendment Guide" (2nd Edition), published by the Practising Law Institute, New York. In addition, Bruce regularly represents lawyers, law firms, and other parties in connection with legal malpractice claims, has spoken on the topic of lawyer liability and professional responsibility on many occasions, and currently serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Quality Assurance Committee.

Contact & Links

Location

  • 920 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3300
    Seattle, WA 98104-1610

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, Washington State Bar Association
  • California, The State Bar of California

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - First Amendment Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Litigation - First Amendment Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - First Amendment Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • First Amendment Law, Seattle (2015)
  • Litigation - First Amendment, Seattle (2014)
  • First Amendment Law, Seattle (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - First Amendment
  • Media Law
  • First Amendment Law
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
  • Advertising Law

Special Focus

  • Appellate
  • Constitutional
  • Defamation
  • False Advertising
  • Free Speech
  • Litigation
  • Media

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit,2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit,1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit,1984

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