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Robert F. Johnson

Special Counsel

Robert F. Johnson

Special Counsel

Litigation lawyer Robert (Rob) Johnson focuses his practice on complex litigation disputes and appeals across a wide range of industries, often representing companies and owners as individuals who are of interest to the Texas Attorney General’s office. He represents local, regional, and national clients and has been involved in matters dealing with:

  • Open records (PIA and FOIA litigation) and open meetings issues
  • Sovereign immunity and 11th Amendment
  • Civil investigative demand
  • Medicaid fraud and consumer protection
  • Agency regulatory investigations, actions, and contested hearings
  • International jurisdictional and venue issues
  • Injunctions and restraining orders
  • Frozen assets, both corporate and individual

In addition to his steadfast courtroom demeanor, clients – both large and small – turn to Rob for his experienced counsel regarding risk management, trade secret protection, and litigation avoidance. Rob is also a trained mediator.

Prior to joining the firm, Rob served for more than five years as an assistant attorney general in Austin, focusing on employment and civil rights law, as well as defending the constitutionality of Texas statutes and rules. He defended state agencies and officials in both state and federal trials and appeals. Before the Office of the Texas Attorney General, Rob was a litigator for a local Austin law firm, and he served as a staff attorney for the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, also in Austin.

Awards and Recognition

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Government Contracts (2021-2023)

Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Austin Bar Association (cast member, annual AYLA Bar & Grill show)
    • CLE Presenter at 2015 Austin Bench Bar Conference

Community Involvement

  • Elder, Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church (2013-present)
    • Chair, Personnel Committee and Denominational Discernment Committee
  • Director, Circle C Homeowners Association (2007-2013)
    • President (2008)
    • Vice President (2007)
  • Elder, Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church (2013-present)
    • Chair, Personnel Committee and Denominational Relationships Committee
  • Texas Choral Consort – Bass
  • Mentor, Kids Hope USA – mentoring at-risk first grader at local elementary school
  • Volunteer, Austin Disaster Relief Network – providing local disaster response
  • Former Vice President, Cherry Creek on Brodie Neighborhood Association (2000-2004)
  • Former President, Windermere Homeowners Association (1995-2000)
  • Former Chair, Pflugerville Council of Neighborhood Associations (1998-2000)
  • Former Member, Pflugerville Airport Steering Committee (1999, 2000)
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01 August 2023 In the News

Foley’s Austin Office and Government Solutions Practice Group Featured for Unique Strengths

Foley & Lardner LLP’s Austin office is featured in The Texas Lawbook article, “Foley’s Austin Office Is Hub for Firm’s Government, AG Practice,” highlighting the office’s Government Solutions and State Attorneys General practice groups, its adaptability in times of change over the last five years, and its plans for continued strategic growth.
18 August 2022 Press Releases

Foley Attorneys Recognized in 2023 Best Lawyers in America

Foley & Lardner LLP proudly announced that 250 of our attorneys across 20 offices have received recognition in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
26 October 2021 Blogs

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19 August 2021 Press Releases

Foley Attorneys Recognized in 2022 Best Lawyers in America

Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that 236 of the firm’s attorneys from 18 U.S. offices have been recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, and 46 lawyers from 13 offices were included in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list. Additionally, 14 of the firm’s attorneys received the special designation of “Lawyer of the Year,” an honor earned by only one lawyer in each practice area and metropolitan region.