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Anne M. Johnson

Term: 2014 —2017

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Anne Johnson is currently Chair of the Litigation Department of Haynes and Boone, LLP.   Anne is a board-certified civil appellate lawyer with experience in a wide variety of substantive areas, including breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, oil and gas, intellectual property, eminent domain, employment law, personal injury, arbitration, and high-stakes family law.  Anne has handled appeals and original proceedings all over Texas, including in the Texas Supreme Court, in the Fourth, Fifth and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, and in the United States Supreme Court.

Most recently, Anne was involved in an appeal from the largest jury verdict in Texas in 2013, a $281 million award on claims of negligence and gross negligence arising from a trucking accident in Dimmit County, Texas.   The case was resolved after the appellate team obtained a $105 million remittitur in the trial court.

In addition to her involvement in appeals from some of the biggest trials in Texas, Anne has played a key role on trial teams at all stages of litigation, handling complex motions, pleadings and preservation of error, particularly with respect to the court’s charge.  Anne has particular expertise in arbitration-related litigation, including presenting argument to a panel of the Fifth Circuit in the landmark case setting new standards for vacatur of arbitration awards, Positive Software Solutions v. New Century Mortgage, et al. Anne is also frequently consulted, and has written and spoken extensively, on judgment formation issues as a result of her involvement in Johnson & Higgins v. Kenneco, the seminal Texas Supreme Court case on prejudgment interest law.

Anne obtained Board Certification in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2001 after six years of practice.  She has been named a Texas Super Lawyer in appellate law since 2003 and has been included in “Best Lawyers in America” by US News and World Report for the past six years.  Anne is a frequent speaker and author on appellate matters, including judgment formation, ethics, federal pleading standards, arbitration, interlocutory appeals, strategies for appellees and jury charges.

Anne is active in her community, having served for several years as a board member of the DFW Chapter of the General Counsel Forum and as a committee chair of Attorneys Serving the Community.  Currently, Anne serves on the board of Family Gateway, a non-profit that provides transitional housing and services for homeless families.

Anne was born and raised in England, and maintains dual US/UK citizenship.  She graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and from the University of  Texas School of Law in 1995.  Anne and her husband, Nathan Johnson (UT Law ’93), have three children:  Finn (age 13), Theo (age 11), and Sophie (age 9).