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Anne M. Johnson

Phone: 214-382-3047

Anne Johnson is an appellate specialist with extensive experience handling high-stakes appeals in state and federal courts. She is equally at ease in trial courts, frequently collaborating with trial teams before, during and after trial. The Texas Lawbook recently published this profile of Anne and her appellate practice.

In 2020, Anne was named Litigator of the Week in AmLaw Litigation Daily for overturning a $110 million fraud verdict in the Dallas Court of Appeals. In 2021, Benchmark Litigation wrote that Anne "has indeed emerged as a star" in appellate law, and ranked her among the Top 250 Women in Litigation. She has also been Chambers-ranked in Texas appellate litigation for the last five years. In the 2021 Chambers USA directory, commenters described Anne as "very talented" and "truly impressive on her feet."

Prior to joining Tillotson in 2022, Anne was an appellate partner in the Dallas office of Haynes Boone, where she served on the firm’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and chaired the Litigation Department.

Among her many bar and community roles, Anne serves on the board of the Homeless Collaborative of Dallas and Collin Counties, as a Leader in the University of Texas Center for Women in Law, and as a Master in the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court.

Anne and her husband, State Senator Nathan Johnson, have three children.

Education
  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1995
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1992, with honors
Licensed to Practice
  • Texas (1995)
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • 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
Professional Affiliations and Engagements
  • Homeless Collaborative of Dallas and Collin Counties – Board Member (2020-present)
  • Legal Aid of Northwest Texas Women’s Advocacy Awards – Co-Chair (2021-present)
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court — Master (2015-present)
  • Relaunch: Helping Women Reenter the Legal Profession, Dallas Bar Association (2019-present)
  • University of Texas Center for Women in Law — Power Circle Member (2016-present)
  • University of Texas Alumni Association Executive Committee — Board Member (2015-2019)
  • Family Gateway — Board Member (2014-2019), Board Chair (2016-2017), Advisory Board (2020-present)
  • New Friends New Life — Board Member (2016- 2018)
  • Alcuin School — Board of Trustees (2015-2018)
  • Texas General Counsel Forum – DFW Chapter, Board Member (2009-2017), Co-Chair, Programs Committee (2010), Co-Chair, Dedman Award and Dinner (2011)
  • Attorneys Serving the Community – Committee Chair (2008-2011)
  • State Bar of Texas Appellate Section – Council Member (2006-2009), Committee Chair (2002-2012)
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (2006-present)
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association Business Litigation and Appellate Sections, American Bar Association, Fifth Circuit Bar Association
Awards and Recognition
  • Listed in Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, for Litigation: Appellate in Texas, 2017-2021
  • Recognized in the Top 250 Women in Litigation, Benchmark Litigation, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, 2021
  • Named to Texas Lawyer’s list of Texas Trailblazers, 2019
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Appellate Law, 2010-2022 and Commercial Litigation, 2013-2022
  • Recognized in D Magazine’s Best Lawyers of Dallas, D Magazine Partners, 2015-2021
  • Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2002-present
  • Named a Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, in Civil Appellate Law, 2003-2005, 2010-2020; Business Litigation, 2015-2016; and recognized in Texas
  • Super Lawyers Top 50 Women of Texas, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2015, 2020

 

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Ms. Johnson is a frequent speaker and writer on appellate matters, including judgment formation, oral argument, arbitration, interlocutory appeals, and jury charges.

  • “Preparing for Oral Argument,” 32nd Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals, June 2022 (upcoming)
  • “Texas Supreme Court Update,” 44th Annual Advanced Civil Trial, July-October 2021
  • “Rules Update: What’s New with the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure and Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure” (with Kennon Wooten), 10th Annual Advanced Trial Strategies, February 2021
  • “Preparing For and Giving an Effective Oral Argument,” Texas Supreme Court History and Practice Course, April 2021
  • “Amicus Briefs in Texas Appellate Courts,” panel moderator, 31st Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals, June 2021
  • “Effective Formation of Judgments” (with Jason Jordan), State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, September 2020
  • “Justice Paul Green’s Legacy on the Texas Supreme Court,” co-author, The Texas Lawbook, July 24, 2020.
  • “Rule 91a Dismissals and Appeals,” (speaker with Kennon Wooten), 28th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals, June 2018
  • “Prejudgment Interest and Other Judgment Formation Battlegrounds,” presenter, Dallas Bar Association – Appellate Section, April 2018.
  • “Recent Developments in the Award of Attorneys’ Fees,” UT Law Conference on State and Federal Appeals, June 2, 2017.
  • Court of Appeals Justices Panel: Appeals and Ethics, moderator, Appellate Sections of the Dallas and Fort Worth Bar Associations, November 5, 2015
  • “Winning Your Appeal on Damages” (paper “Defending and Attacking Damages on Appeal” by Tracy Christopher), State Bar of Texas, 19th Annual Advanced Civil Appellate Practice, September 2015
  • “Prejudgment Interest and Other Judgment Battlegrounds” (with Jason N. Jordan), University of Texas School of Law, 25th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals, June 2015
  • “Preservation of Error in the Trial Court” (with Judge Ken Molberg and Judge Jim Jordan), Dallas Bar Association Trial Skills Section, May 2015
  • “Keeping Damages on Appeal,” Texas Bar CLE, Damages in Civil Litigation, February 2015
  • “Arbitration Hot Topics for Appellate Lawyers (with Kate Galston and Michael Scodro), American Bar Association Appellate Judges Education Institute Summit, November 2014
  • Federal v. State Comparisons (with Will Feldman), State Bar of Texas, 28th Annual Advanced Appellate Practice Course, September 2014
  • “Top Ten Questions About Arbitration (with Chris Kratovil), Dallas Bar Association, Appellate Section, December 2013
  • “Evident Partiality” (with Christopher D. Kratovil), The Advocate, Winter 2013
  • “Hot Topics in Arbitration” Dallas Bar Association Bench Bar Conference, 2013
  • “Top 10 Trial Judgment Traps,” (with Justice J. Brett Busby) State Bar of Texas, 27th Annual Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, September 2013
  • “Appellee Strategies in the Federal Courts of Appeal,” Strafford Webinar, July 2013
  • “Translating a Jury Verdict into a Judgment,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, 2012
  • “New Texas Statute Allows Permissive Interlocutory Appeals – Without Agreement of Parties,” State Bar of Texas, State Bar Litigation Section, News for the Bar, 2011
  • “Formation of Judgments,” The University of Texas School of Law 2011 Conference on State and Federal Appeals, 2011
  • “Arbitration Update” State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial Course, 2011
  • “Ethical Considerations in Appellate Practice,” Dallas Bar Association Ethics Seminar, 2010
  • “Iqbal: the Death of Notice Pleading in Federal Court?” moderated panel including The Honorable Patrick Higginbotham and The Honorable Royal Furgeson, University of Texas CLE, 20th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals, 2010Iqbal: the Death of Notice Pleading in Federal Court?” moderated panel including The Honorable Patrick Higginbotham and The Honorable Royal Furgeson, University of Texas CLE, 20th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals, 2010