Antone Johnson is a California business lawyer and executive advising technology and media companies, entrepreneurs and investors in corporate, commercial and intellectual property matters. His area of focus is the intersection between technology, media, finance, law and public policy, with particular emphasis on lean startups and growth companies in social media, Web 2.0, digital media, location-based mobile apps, and other IP-intensive, consumer-facing businesses.
Johnson is founder of Bottom Line Law Group, a business and IP law firm in San Francisco and Santa Monica, California. Previously, he served as Vice President, Legal Affairs at eHarmony, Inc., where he directed the company’s legal and government affairs teams to support the worldwide operations of its flagship eHarmony online relationship service, as well as its network of content and community websites. Johnson has deep roots in the consumer Web and digital media industries, having served in a variety of in-house legal/business affairs roles since 2000 at pioneering broadband Internet content and access provider [email protected], entertainment guidance leader Gemstar-TV Guide, and Intermix Media, Inc., which incubated and operated MySpace until its 2005 acquisition by News Corp. Digital Media Group. Prior to [email protected], Johnson was a corporate attorney in private practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in Los Angeles.
Johnson holds a J.D. from Columbia University, where he earned the honor of Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, as well as a B.A. cum laude in Economics from Williams College. Named by Venture Hacks as a recommended “social startup lawyer”, he is a prolific commentator in many forms of social media, blogging at Gust and Mashtag, recognized as a “Top Writer” by Quora, and contributing to publications including TechCrunch and the Wall Street Journal.
Outside Counsel, Advisor
2014 - Current (almost 3 years)
Dec, 2009 - Current (almost 7 years)
JD, LawAug, 1993 - 1996
|May 14, 2016||uploadvr.com - The Balboa Foundation Seeks to Cure Isolation Using Virtual Reality|
|Oct 7, 2015||investors.com - Mastering Digital Language Equals Reaching Customers|
|May 31, 2014||Venture Beat - The case for firing Snapchat's CEO, & why the Silicon Valley frat will never let that happen|
|Apr 3, 2014||articles.latimes.com - Yelp's tactics feel 'nefarious' and 'fishy,' even if they're legal|
|Dec 29, 2012||TechCrunch - Facebook’s High-Stakes Poker Game|
|Jun 28, 2012||abajournal.com - Post Dot-com Crash, Silicon Valley Law Firms Still Want Start-Up Clients, But Take New View on Fees|
|Jun 27, 2012||WSJ - ATD - Lawyers Get Smarter About Betting on Tech Clients|
|Mar 22, 2012||corpcounsel.com - Silicon Valley Lawyers Back JOBS Act—Cautiously|