Appellate Litigation
  • Biography

    Anne Johnson is a trial and appellate partner in the Dallas office. She currently serves on the firm’s board of directors, and served as chair of the Litigation Practice Group from 2010 to 2016.

    Anne has extensive experience in large, high-profile appeals. Recently, Anne persuaded a Texas appellate court to overturn a $110 million fraud verdict against client BBVA (2020), obtained affirmance of summary judgment for the National Football League in a tortious interference case (2018), reversed a $4 million nuisance verdict in a case widely publicized as the “first fracking trial” (2017), successfully resolved a $100 million personal injury claim prior to verdict in South Texas (2017), successfully resolved an appeal of a $68 million jury verdict arising from fraud and contract claims brought by oil and gas investors (2015), and successfully resolved, following post-trial motions, negligence and gross negligence claims arising from a trucking accident that resulted in a $281 million jury verdict (2015). In addition, Anne 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 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 in the trial court. She frequently handles litigation at the trial level and collaborates with litigators both inside and outside the firm at trial in 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. In 2020, she was named Litigator of the Week in AmLaw Litigation Daily for her successful representation of BBVA. She has been named in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, in appellate law, 2003-2005 and 2010-2019, and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2010-2021. 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, 2015-2020. Anne has been recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, for litigation: appellate (Texas) 2017-2020, with one client telling the prestigious directory: "If we have a particularly difficult issue that might end up on appeal, I would call her," and that "she's extremely responsive and a great writer as well - she does thoughtful and strategic work."

    Anne is deeply involved in the Dallas community, serving on the boards of Family Gateway, New Friends New Life, and Alcuin School. Anne also serves on the Texas Law Alumni Association Executive Committee, is a leader in the University of Texas Center for Women in Law and was elected a Master in the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court in 2016.

  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1995
    • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1992, with honors
  • Admissions

    • Texas
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit