Christopher Johnson, Johnson & Pham

November 17, 2011 · Posted in Speaker Bios 

Christopher D. Johnson, Esq.
Johnson & Pham, LLP

Christopher Johnson graduated Tulane University Law School in 1982 and spent the next 7 years in the United States Navy as a Judge Advocate, leaving the service at a Lieutenant Commander. One of his most noteworthy cases, United States v. LCPL Peterson, was a USMC hazing incident in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was part of the inspiration for the movie “A Few Good Men” (copyright 1992, Columbia Pictures). Chris was the Navy JAGC attorney that confronted the Colonel for ordering the “Code Red,” ultimately succeeding in having the charges against LCPL Peterson dismissed on appeal.

In 1990, Chris was selected for one of the scarce and highly coveted positions as a Trial Attorney with the Organized Crime Strike Force, U.S. Department of Justice. In 2000, he was promoted by Attorney General Janet Reno to the status of Senior Litigation Counsel (SLC), a designation shared by less than 3% of federal prosecutors in the United States. Chris finished his government career in 2004, as the SLC for the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section (CHIPS) of the United States Attorney’s Office, Los Angeles, where he gained notoriety for bringing the first federal criminal cases against movie camcorder pirates, as well as multiple cases for the illegal distribution of hundreds of Oscar screener DVD’s in 2004, and the illegal duplication and Internet distribution of pre-release DVD’s from Hollywood post-production facilities.

Mr. Johnson left the Department of Justice in 2004, spent a year as Vice President for Anti-Piracy Enforcement at Disney, then founded his own business, Effective Piracy Enforcement. In 2007, Christopher Johnson and Christopher Pham founded Johnson & Pham in Woodland Hills, CA, where they created a niche market by conducting contingent fee Anti-Piracy Enforcement targeting domestic Internet pirates engaged in the distribution of counterfeit hard-goods. Since beginning these enforcement efforts, Johnson & Pham has successfully conducted more than 6,000 enforcement operations against domestic pirates, filing more than 200 federal lawsuits for Trademark and Copyright infringement. These lawsuits have resulted in the total judgments in excess of $27,000,000. What sets this practice apart from many others engaged in Intellectual Property enforcement is the fact that the IP enforcement clients of Johnson & Pham have not spent a single penny in legal fees – the fees are collected from the pirates – a fitting end to a piratical career.


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