Education

  • Boston College, B.A. economics and political science
  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D.

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
Shawn R. Johnson, Partner Washington, D.C.
srjohnson@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2624
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-2595

Shawn Johnson is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group and is located in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Shawn's practice involves antitrust counseling on a wide variety of subjects, with particular focus on transactional antitrust matters such as mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, as well as issues related to compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. He also regularly advises clients in connection with both grand jury and civil non-merger investigations. Shawn has represented clients before the United States Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Defense, and many state attorneys general. He also regularly represents clients with regard to the international antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

Shawn has extensive experience advising on antitrust issues in a broad range of industries, including healthcare, aerospace, defense, chemicals, telecommunications, and natural resources.

Representative Merger Experience:

  • Representing Humana in connection with its acquisitions of Arcadian Health and Concentra.
  • Representing Coventry Health Care in connection with its sale to Aetna.
  • Representing UTC in connection with its acquisitions of Goodrich and GE Security. 
  • Representing Pratt & Whitney in connection with the sale of its Rocketdyne business unit.
  • Representing AT&T (and previously SBC) in connection with several acquisitions, including AT&T Wireless, AT&T Corp., and BellSouth.
  • Representing DuPont in connection with its acquisition of Danisco and the divestiture of its automotive paints business.
  • Representing Rio Tinto in connection with the divestiture of its Wyoming coal assets and its Alaskan gold and silver mining operations.
  • Representing Bank of America, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Merrill Lynch and UBS in the formation of ICE US Trust LLC.
  • Representing Citadel Securities, GETCO, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and UBS in their purchase of a significant equity interest in NYSE Liffe U.S.
  • Representing Alcoa in connection with several transactions in the aerospace, building materials, and energy industries.
  • Representing Reed Elsevier in connection with the divestiture of its Harcourt Assessment business to Pearson.
  • Representing Sierra Health Services in connection with its sale to UnitedHealth.
  • Several confidential transactions involving intelligence and defense contractors.
  • Numerous counseling matters regarding compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

Representative Litigation Experience:

  • Representing an agricultural cooperative in connection with an investigation by the Department of Justice into alleged price fixing; closed without prosecution.
  • Representing a major metals manufacturer in connection with an investigation by the Department of Justice and various international competition authorities into alleged pricing fixing; closed without prosecution.
  • Representing a major multinational corporation in connection with an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission into potential monopolization and abuse of standard setting concerns.
  • Representing a major multinational corporation in connection with an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission into potential monopolization and exclusive dealing concerns.
  • Representing several clients in connection with internal antitrust investigations.

Shawn is a member of the Antitrust Law Section of the American Bar Association  and the American Health Lawyers Association. He currently serves as an Editor of Mergers and Acquisitions: Understanding the Antitrust Issues (4th ed.) (forthcoming) and previously served on the Editorial Board of the ABA's publication Antitrust Compliance: Perspectives and Resources for Corporate Counselors (2nd Ed.) and several other ABA publications.

Shawn received his J.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he served as managing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He received a B.A. in economics and political science from Boston College. Shawn is admitted in both the District of Columbia and Virginia.



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Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Virginia (inactive)



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In the News

  • Competition Legislation and Regulation to Watch In 2015
    January 2, 2015 — Law360

    Washington, D.C.-based antitrust partner Shawn R. Johnson talks to Law360 about the potential passage of a bill to align the preliminary injunction standards for mergers at the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. "It got passed out of committee in the House, but had not been taken up in the Senate. But with the new Republican leadership, I think the likelihood of getting it passed out of the Senate is much higher," Johnson said. "Even in that situation it's quite unknown whether it would end up being passed and whether there's support in the White House."


  • Crowell & Moring Names New D.C. Partner
    January 18, 2013 — Global Competition Review

    Washington, D.C.-based attorney Shawn Johnson is featured in Global Competition Review as being recently promoted to partner in the firm's Antitrust Group. Johnson shares, "I am very excited and looking forward to continuing to grow our practice. This promotion offers me an opportunity to develop additional clients and provides me a platform for further growth." Co-chair of the Antitrust Group, Wm. Randolph Smith tells the publication that Johnson's "deep industry knowledge and ability to offer practical solutions will continue to add value to our clients."


  • Antitrust Counsel Lines Up for Aetna/Coventry
    August 22, 2012 — Global Competition Review

    Crowell & Moring’s work in Aetna’s $5.7 billion acquisition of Coventry Healthcare featured.


  • With Sale Prices Low, Companies Opt For Joint Ventures
    October 12, 2009 — Competition Law360 and Corporate Finance Law360

    Crowell & Moring LLP Antitrust Group counsel Shawn R. Johnson is featured for his comments on antitrust concerns in joint ventures. According to Johnson, “The antitrust concerns become far more complicated in a joint venture than they do in a straight acquisitionthe most significant difference is that there are not only transaction and formational issues, but then there are operational issues. That adds just one more layer of questions for antitrust officials at the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice to sift through.”

  • Deal Pros Brace For More Antitrust 2nd Looks
    September 25, 2009 — Competition Law360 and Corporate Law360

    With the Obama administration's antitrust and Federal Trade Commission officials vowing a tougher line than their predecessors on antitrust concerns with mergers, secondary review is something that has begun to show up on deal professionals' radar screens. Crowell & Moring LLP Antitrust Group counsel Shawn R. Johnson talks about the latest in a small but increasing number of deals to receive post-consummation review.



Firm News & Announcements

Jan.22.2015 Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review's 15th Edition "GCR 100"
Jan.13.2015 Crowell & Moring Releases Third Annual Litigation Forecast Report and Inaugural Regulatory Forecast
Apr.08.2014 Crowell & Moring Named Finalist in Global Competition Review's Fourth Annual "GCR Awards"
Sep.01.2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Apr.25.2013 Crowell & Moring Named Finalist in Global Competition Review's Third Annual "GCR Awards"
Jan.17.2013 Crowell & Moring Elects Seven New Partners and Promotes Twelve Attorneys to Senior Counsel and Counsel Positions
Aug.04.2005 Crowell & Moring LLP Assists United Technologies Corporation's Pratt & Whitney Division in Obtaining Antitrust Clearance For Acquisition of Boeing's Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power
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