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Frank J. Johnson

Co-Founding & Managing Partner

Mr. Johnson is one of the founding partners of Johnson Fistel and has nearly thirty years of experience as a trial attorney focusing on complex civil litigation.  Prior to starting his own law firm in 2004, Mr. Johnson was a partner in the law firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP, a full-service Global 100 law firm with over 1,000 attorneys in 15 offices located around the world.

While at Sheppard Mullin, Mr. Johnson represented some of the largest companies in the country in complex business disputes conducting trials in state and federal court.  He brings this “Big Law” experience to his current practice where he can offer the efficiency and personal touch of a smaller law firm.  With the trust and confidence of his colleagues and clients over the past 20 years, the law firm that Mr. Johnson started with just one lawyer has now grown to a full-service law firm with 16 lawyers and offices in California, Georgia, New York, and Colorado.

Mr. Johnson is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Esq. Wealth Management, Inc., a wealth management firm that, in conjunction with its affiliated professionals and alliances, is made up of experienced lawyers and financial professionals with advanced degrees, certifications, and first-hand life-experience in taxation, asset protection, and high-net-worth wealth management.  For more information, please visit

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Mr. Johnson was recently featured in the San Diego Attorney Journal

Attorney Journal, San Diego, Volume 172

Mr. Johnson has been recognized as one of San Diego’s top lawyers by a number of third-party sources based upon peer reviews, including the following: