Joe Johnson is a partner in Goodwin’s Business Law Department and former chair of its M&A/Corporate Governance practice. Mr. Johnson advises clients in shareholder activism matters, public mergers and acquisitions and a variety of strategic corporate governance matters. He regularly advises clients in a variety of industries including technology, life sciences and real estate.

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Mr. Johnson’s recent work includes:

Proxy Contests and Other Shareholder Activism Matters

  • LaSalle Hotel Properties in its defense of activist campaigns in connection with a hostile takeover
  • Monotype in its successful defense of a threatened proxy contest by Starboard Value
  • Cognizant in the negotiation of a cooperation agreement with Elliott Management
  • PAREXEL in its defense of activist campaigns led by Corvex and Starboard Value
  • Leaf Group in its successful defense of a threatened proxy contest by Osmium Partners
  • iRobot in its successful proxy contest concerning board representation against Red Mountain Capital
  • Brightcove in its entry into a cooperation agreement with, and subsequent successful defense of a threatened proxy contest by, Tenzing Global
  • Progress Software in its successful defense of a threatened proxy contest by Starboard Value
  • Cedar Realty Trust in the negotiation of a cooperation agreement with Snow Park Capital
  • CPS Technologies in its successful defense of a threatened proxy contest and “vote against” campaign by the Horton Group
  • Relmada Therapeutics in its proxy contest and related litigation against Laidlaw, which sought unsuccessfully to replace a majority of the company’s board
  • Lionbridge in its response to, and entry into a cooperation agreement with, Glen Capital Partners
  • LoJack in its response to, and entry into a cooperation agreement with, Engine Capital
  • Mac-Gray Corporation in its proxy contests against Moab Partners
  • Invesco Closed-end Funds trustees in response to shareholder proposals and nominations from, and entry into standstill agreement with, Saba Capital

Mergers & Acquisitions

Mr. Johnson has substantial experience in the merger and acquisition area representing both buyers and sellers, including:

  • LaSalle Hotel Properties in its response to unsolicited public acquisition proposals from Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, leading to its proposed $4.8 billion sale to Blackstone in a “going private” transaction, and subsequent acceptance of topping bid from, and $5.2 billion cash and shares acquisition by, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust
  • Control4 in its $680 million sale to SnapAV, a portfolio company of Hellman & Friedman
  • Monotype in its $825 million sale to HGGC
  • Imprivata in its $544 million sale to Thoma Bravo in a “going private” transaction
  • Millennial Media in its $248 million sale to AOL
  • Covidien in its $250 million acquisition of Somanetics
  • Ansys, Inc. with its acquisitions of Ansoft Corporation, Apache Design Solutions, Inc., Fluent, Inc., Reaction Design Corporation and Space Claim Corp

Recognition

Mr. Johnson has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, U.S. News-Best Lawyers, The Legal 500 U.S. and Massachusetts Super Lawyers. He has been consistently recognized in The Legal 500 United States as a “Leading Lawyer” for middle-market M&A. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Boston College Law Review during 1985-1986.

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Education

J.D., 1986
Boston College Law School

(summa cum laude)

B.A., 1983
Vassar College

(cum laude)

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