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Brett W. Johnson, Brett W.

Brett W. Johnson

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. - Arizona
Phoenix, AZ
(602) 382-6312

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Gaming
  • Government Relations
  • Healthcare


International Import-Export Institute
        Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer (2008)
        Certified ITAR Professional (2009)
    Lex Mundi Institute, Program in Cross-Border Dispute Resolution (Summer 2008)
    University of Maryland, University College (Masters, Int'l Management, 2006)
    United States Naval War College (Completed Program in Strategic Studies, 2004)
    The Hague Academy of International Law, the Peace Palace
        The Netherlands (Summer 2003)
    University of San Diego School of Law (Masters of Law, International Law, 2001)
    Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D., 1999)
        1999 Honors Moot Court Board, Director
        Phi Delta Phi Honors Fraternity, Secretary
    Santa Clara University (B.S., Political Science, Minor, English, 1996)


Brett Johnson represents businesses and individuals in government relations matters. His practice includes international transactions and compliance, export, government contracting and health care matters, including professional liability defense and commercial litigation. Brett regularly represents parties and witnesses involved with governmental investigations, including export control, False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and government procurement compliance laws and regulations. He has experience handling internal investigations and compliance audits for clients on a wide range of matters. Brett also provides training to businesses and governmental agencies concerning compliance matters and the drafting of related corporate policies.

Brett advises and represents businesses in relation to negotiating and complying with government contracts. He negotiates and drafts government subcontracts and compliance programs related to, among others, the Buy American Act, Small Business Subcontracting Plans and Ethics policies. Brett also represents businesses before the Court of Federal Claims, Government Accountability Office, Boards of Contract Appeals, Small Business Administration, state, county, city, and other judicial bodies in regard to government procurement bid protests, claims, equitable adjustments, small business size determinations, certifications challenges and other disputes related to complying with government acquisition laws and regulations.

Brett also advises clients in regard to litigation subpoenas, Grand Jury Subpoenas, governmental administrative subpoenas, and other government requests for information. He regularly handles Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act requests and defends against competitors who seek proprietary information through such authorities. Prior to joining the firm, Brett was a judge advocate with the United States Navy, regularly appearing in state and federal courts throughout the nation on behalf of the Department of Defense.

In addition to representing large and small businesses, individuals and pro bono clients, he is the co-chair of the firm’s International Industry Group and the editor of the firm’s International Industry Group’s Global Connection newsletter. Brett also serves on the firm’s Attorney Development Committee.

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