Kenneth C. JohnstonPartner
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Clients describe Kenneth Johnston as “very confident, personable, connected and cost-effective. The complete package.” Chambers and Partners
Kenneth focuses his practice on financial services, corporate governance, dispute resolution, and insolvency. He routinely advises financial services companies in disputes and regulatory compliance matters, as well as insolvency. Kenneth has also developed a successful track record resolving corporate governance disputes, with an emphasis on the energy industry. Among other things, he has led clients for decades on successful endeavours to gain control of companies and key energy assets in Asia, Europe, North America, Central America, South America—including related offshore jurisdictions.
“I have had the rare opportunity to work with Kenneth as his legal associate and as his client. Kenneth consistently stands above his legal peers with his unique ability to understand his clients’ interests and balance them against the legal framework that so often distracts others from crossing the goal line. Kenneth achieves results, and I highly recommend him.”
-Adam Williams, Co-Founder & Managing Partner and Denali Properties
“Kenneth Johnston is a remarkable attorney. His knowledge and close attention to detail is like no other attorney I have worked with. I feel like he had my backside covered at all times. Integrity is the one word I would use to describe Kenneth.”
-Chad Gross, VP at RTI, Inc.
“Kenneth is a good, professional attorney who maintains an appropriate perspective on the representation and who acts in an ethical fashion.”
-Todd White, Rockwall Attorney
“Kenneth is a top-notch Texas trial lawyer. He and I worked together as counsel on a complex multi-million dollar commercial litigation matter involving several dozen lawsuits in five states arising out of the post-Enron collapse of Arthur Andersen. Kenneth did an excellent job, and h is now my go-to banking and litigation counsel whenever I need to refer a matter in Texas.”
-Mark Wilson, Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP
Clients are impressed by the legal and client service skills of litigator Kenneth Johnston, saying that he “demonstrates a keen eye for detail, is very responsive to questions and demonstrates and in-depth knowledge of the law.” His practice in commercial dispute resolution focuses particularly on representing clients in the financial services industry.
Chambers and Partners 2016 USA Guide
Kenneth Johnston is recommended for his handling of financial services litigation, which he handles as part of a broader commercial litigation practice. Sources say: “He’s got a really good style, he gets to the point of things and has a good business head too.”
Chambers and Partners 2015 USA Guide
Kenneth Johnston frequently represents financial institutions in regulatory investigations, qui tam cases and consumer class actions. Clients describe him as “very confident, personable, connected and cost-effective. The complete package.”
Chambers and Partners 2014 USA Guide
Kenneth Johnston continues his highly reputed general commercial litigation and class action practice. He has particular expertise in bankruptcy related litigation and matters occurring in the financial services arena. Impressed clients describe him as “very responsive, and very client-oriented.”
Chambers and Partners 2013 USA Guide
Kenneth Johnston plays a pivotal role in its litigation offering. He is admired as “timely and upfront”and, as one of group’s leaders, has “found an excellent balance between managing his team and letting them run the cases as needed.”
This Dallas-based group has a strong focus on financial services litigation. It has recently been representing Trustmark in connection with a number of banking disputes relating to the Stanford fraud cases, and in negotiations with the SEC receiver Ralph Janvey. The team has also been acting for Regions Bank in a putative class action concerning account overdraft practices. Sources say: “The group is fast, effective and straightforward, and the client’s agenda is its agenda.”
Chambers and Partners 2010 USA Guide
This team concentrates the majority of its dispute work on financial services litigation. Headed by the partner Kenneth Johnston, the ten-lawyer team “thinks both offensively” and “defensively,” and the lawyers are extremely thorough in their preparation and appropriately aggressive in the protection of their clients’ interests. Johnston “is a calm, collected attorney”, “dedicated to his clients,” report commentators.
Key highlights included the successful defense of Washington Mutual in a first-wave subprime class action case, and the prosecution of a defendant class action for Capital One to circumvent and consolidate a series of state court securities litigation cases.
Chambers and Partners 2009 USA Guide