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S.V. Stuart Johnson
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Stuart Johnson handles Kesselman Brantly Stockinger LLP’s commercial real estate and partnership matters. Mr. Johnson has represented a range of clients from large, public corporations to privately held small and mid-cap companies. Mr. Johnson counsels clients in a wide variety of transactions and disputes with a particular focus on commercial real estate matters.

Mr. Johnson’s commercial real estate work includes the representation of equity funds and individual investors in connection with the acquisition, sale, development, and financing of a variety of assets, including retail centers, office buildings, multi-family developments, and industrial space. Mr. Johnson has particular experience in joint venture and partnership agreements, including the setup and re-structuring of debt and equity investments. Mr. Johnson has also acted as borrower’s counsel on institutional commercial loan transactions.

Mr. Johnson has extensive experience litigating real-estate related claims, including actions by lenders and borrowers as well as complex disputes between fractional owners such as tenants in common and members of limited liability companies or partnerships. His commercial litigation experience has also involved prosecuting and defending a wide spectrum of claims relating to trade secrets, fraud and other business torts in state and federal courts, as well as arbitrations.

Mr. Johnson obtained his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and obtained his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was a full-time extern law clerk for Judge Harry Pregerson of the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and for Judge Richard C. Neal of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Upon graduating law school, Mr. Johnson joined the law firm of Epport & Richman LLP (1997-1999), where he largely represented regional banks in litigation matters. He was then recruited to Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP (1999-2009), an Am Law 100 firm and one of the oldest Wall Street based firms in the country. Mr. Johnson left Stroock to help launch Carico Johnson Toomey LLP (2009-2018), a full-service law firm in El Segundo.  Upon the decision of the three name partners of Carico Johnson Toomey LLP to separate, Mr. Johnson joined Kesselman Brantley Stockinger LLP.

Mr. Johnson and his wife, Julie, have been Manhattan Beach residents for over 20 years.  Their two children attend public school in Manhattan Beach, where Julie is member of the PTA board.  Outside of work, Mr. Johnson is an active member of Journey of Faith Church in Manhattan Beach, enjoys studying U.S. history, is an enthusiast of American classic cars, and regularly competes in triathlons, having completed (3) ironman distance races, (5) half-ironman distance races, and a dozen Olympic distance races.

Areas Of Practice

  • Partnership Matters
  • Real Estate
  • Business Law
  • Business Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1999


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1997
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. - 1993

Honors And Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV® Preeminent (highest rating by legal peers)
  • Super Lawyers