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Haynes and Boone, LLP

Anne M. Johnson

Anne M. Johnson


Haynes and Boone, LLP
Texas, U.S.A.

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Anne Johnson has spent her entire career at Haynes and Boone in the Appellate Practice Group. Anne is currently a member of the firm’s board of directors, and served as chair of the Litigation Practice Group from 2010 to 2015.

As an appellate practitioner, Anne has been involved some of the largest and most high-profile appeals in Texas. Most recently, Anne served as lead appellate counsel in an appeal of a $68 million jury verdict arising from fraud and contract claims brought by oil and gas investors. Anne was also part of the Haynes and Boone appellate and insurance recovery team that successfully resolved, following post-trial motions, negligence and gross negligence claims arising from a trucking accident that resulted in a $281 million jury verdict. In addition, Anne recently obtained affirmance on appeal of a take-nothing summary judgment on fraud claims arising from a claimed oral agreement alleged to be worth $780 million.

Outside of Texas, Anne obtained a reversal in March 2016 of a district court’s summary judgment in an appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in a case involving antitrust claims under the Sherman Act.

In addition to her extensive appellate experience, Anne is equally at ease on either side of the docket in the trial court. She frequently serves as appellate counsel on trial teams, collaborating with litigators both inside and outside the firm and handling dispositive motions, preservation of error, the jury charge, judgment formation, and post-trial motions.

Anne obtained board certification in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2001 after just six years of practice. She has been named in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, in appellate law, 2003-2005 and 2010-2016, and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2010-2018. In 2014 and 2015, Anne was honored to be named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas by Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters. Anne was named one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine, D Magazine Partners, 2015-2017. Anne was recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, for litigation: appellate (Texas) in 2017.

Outside the office, Anne is chair of the board of directors of Family Gateway, a Dallas non-profit agency that serves homeless families. Anne also serves on the Texas Law Alumni Association Executive Committee and the board of trustees of the Alcuin School, a Dallas Montessori and International Baccalaureate school. She is a leader in the University of Texas Center for Women in Law and a Master in the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court.


J.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1995
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1992 with honors
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Successful resolution on appeal of $68 million jury verdict arising from fraud and contract claims brought by oil and gas investors (2015)

In a case of first impression for the renewable energy industry, persuaded the Texas Supreme Court to invalidate a penalty-based liquidated damages provision (2014)

Representation of a majority shareholder on claims involving fiduciary and board governance issues in expedited proceedings before the Delaware Supreme Court (2013)

Representation of a transmission service provider in a multi-jurisdiction dispute with landowners, following proceedings before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (2012)

Reversal of a federal district court’s interpretation of an ERISA-governed benefits plan by the Fifth Circuit (2012)

Successful resolution of fraud and contract claims arising from the sale of supply chain software where, after filing of opening appellate briefs, opponent agreed to settle commercial dispute for almost $200 million less than its judgment (2011)

Entry of judgment notwithstanding the verdict and rendition of a take-nothing judgment from jury verdict on discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims (2011)

Trial Court Victories

Dismissal of shareholder derivative suit in Dallas County Court (2013)

Successful defense of breach of contract and fraud claims for global technology and specialty materials company in jury trial, and entry of a multi-million judgment for our client on counterclaims (2010)

Findings of RICO violations, fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty following multi-week federal bench trial resulting in $13.6 million judgment for our client (2009)

Successful resolution of products liability claims brought by the Brazos River Authority following four-week federal jury trial (2007)

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