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“The thing I’m most proud of about that verdict is that we got a largely inner-city jury to side with the billionaire corporation and not the underdog,” Mr. Johnson says
Jeh Johnson, 38
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, Partner
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Updated October 12, 2012
Jeh Johnson originally wanted to be a politician. But then he found himself in a courtroom, and he couldn’t bring himself to leave.
Mr. Johnson is now one of Paul Weiss’ top trial attorneys, having won all but one of the 16 jury trials in which he has participated.
“I enjoy taking a very complicated case and reducing it to its simplest, easiest-to-understand and most appealing elements and making it a persuasive case,” says Mr. Johnson (whose first name is pronounced Jay).
One such argument—the successful defense of Armstrong World Industries Inc. in an antitrust case in Newark—was called “one of most significant defenses of 1994” by the National Law Journal.
“The thing I’m most proud of about that verdict is that we got a largely inner-city jury to side with the billionaire corporation and not the underdog,” Mr. Johnson says.
A native of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., he is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta and Columbia University Law School. He worked at Paul Weiss in the mid-1980s, then joined the U.S. Attorney’s office in its public corruption section. After prosecuting corrupt politicians, cops and immigration agents, Mr. Johnson returned to Paul Weiss in 1992 and became its first African-American partner in 1994.
While his dreams of a political life are “on the back burner,” he has become an active Democratic fund-raiser.
By Philip Lentz