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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