Allan Johnson is a founding partner of Actium LLP.  Throughout his legal career, he has represented Fortune 500 companies on their most critical matters.  He is widely known as an expert on legal ethics and electronic discovery.  He wrote the book (literally) on ediscovery; he is co-author of Electronic Discovery Practice Under the Federal Rules (BNA). He has also written several articles on ediscovery best practices, and he is a frequent speaker at ediscovery conferences and MCLE events.

After graduating first in his class from UC Hastings College of the Law, Allan clerked for the Hon. Arthur L. Alarcón of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Allan was then recruited to one of Los Angeles’ oldest and most prestigious law firms.  There, he handled complex litigation, white-collar matters, appeals, and electronic discovery.  He rapidly became one of the most sought-after experts on internal investigations and ediscovery.

Allan also worked in-house for one of California’s largest regulated utilities, where he litigated contract and real property disputes, conducted internal investigations, and practiced before the California Public Utilities Commission in regulatory proceedings.

Allan is an adjunct professor of legal ethics at Southwestern Law School and was recently selected as Adjunct of the Year.  He lives in Pasadena with his wife and two children.

Notable Legal Matters

  • Successfully represented a company in a jury trial against former executives for breach of fiduciary duties and trade-secret theft and defending the executives’ claims of breach of employment contracts.
  • Successfully defended several breach of contract lawsuits involving agreements to purchase renewable power.
  • Led an internal investigation into possible fraud and questionable sales to a public agency.
  • Represented a public agency in its successful defense of a major contract dispute brought by a railroad.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 retail chain in pre-indictment allegations by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and several state agencies for violations of environmental laws.
  • Provided advice and assisted in a college’s efforts to select hardware and software to capture and retain email and other electronically stored information across multiple campuses in a centralized archiving system to preserve critical information and more efficiently respond to litigation demands.
  • Participated in several pro bono matters, including successfully representing a woman wrongfully evicted from her apartment.

Practice Areas

White Collar




Energy & Utilities

Bar Admissions:

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District, Cal.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


UC Hastings College of the Law
Juris Doctor
– Summa cum Laude
– Order of the Coif

Azusa Pacific University
Bachelor of Arts
– Magna cum Laude