Stephen Johnson


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University of Southern California, Masters of Health Administration, May 2015; University of Nebraska, B.A., Economics, 1968, J.D., with distinction, 1974

Admitted to Practice

State Bar of Texas

Memberships and Activities

Series 7 and 63 (FINRA)
Stephen Johnson

Mr. Johnson has over 35 years of experience as a practicing lawyer and investment banker. As an experienced business lawyer, he has extensive experience representing both public and private clients in merger and acquisition transactions, divestitures, corporate governance, regulatory matters and strategic planning initiatives. Although he has represented clients in many industries, Mr. Johnson has extensive experience in working with hospitals, health systems and other healthcare providers, as well as service and technology providers to the healthcare industry.

Before joining Frederic Dorwart, Lawyers PLLC, Mr. Johnson was a Managing Director of Corporate Finance at Hilltop Securities, Inc. (formerly known as FirstSouthwest Company), where he advised middle market companies in connection with raising growth capital, recapitalizations and mergers and acquisitions, with a particular focus on companies in the healthcare industry. Mr. Johnson began his career in Houston Texas as a lawyer with a predecessor to Locke Lord, which at that time had approximately 13 lawyers.

In 1990, Mr. Johnson joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as a partner, advising clients in connection with public offerings, private placements, joint ventures, private equity investments, restructurings, mergers, acquisitions and other financings and transactions. In 2005, Mr. Johnson became a retired former partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Throughout his career Mr. Johnson has advised clients on a wide variety of matters including acting as outside counsel and lead lawyer for a NYSE traded healthcare provider completing more than 50 acquisitions and an initial public offering; acting as general counsel to the settlement trust created in connection with that company’s bankruptcy proceedings, which ultimately settled thousands of bodily injury and property damage claims; counsel for a Texas-based family office in connection with organizing raising and deploying several large real estate investment funds totaling more than several billion dollars; lead counsel for an ownership group in connection with the acquisition of a NBA team and an ownership interest in the team’s arena; and counsel to a publicly traded hospital company on numerous acquisitions, joint ventures and dispositions involving more than several billion dollars. Community involvement and past affiliations include the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Theater Center, President of Hope College (Dallas’ oldest and largest adoption agency) and member of the Board of Trustees of the Hope Cottage Endowment. Mr. Johnson graduated with distinction from the University of Nebraska law school where he was executive editor of the Nebraska Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Johnson earned his B.A. from the University of Nebraska. Mr. Johnson also graduated from the University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy with a Masters in Health Administration. Mr. Johnson is a member of the State Bar of Texas and currently holds Series 7 and 63 securities licenses.

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