Johan has over 17 years of experience in commercial litigation and has tried dozens of cases in state and federal courts representing businesses, individuals and municipalities.
Prior to joining The Cicala Law Firm in October 2019, Johan was an equity partner with one of Virginia's largest firms and practiced extensively in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, as well as other state and federal courts throughout the Commonwealth, where he handled complex commercial litigation at all phases. Johan also has an active appellate practice, and has argued multiple appeals before the United State Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Johan has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America (litigation - antitrust), has been listed by Virginia Business magazine as one of Virginia's Legal Elite every year since 2009, has been included as either a Rising Star or Virginia Super Lawyer every year since 2007, and was profiled by Virginia Business magazine in its December 2018 issue as one of Virginia's leading appellate lawyers. He is a past chapter president of the Tidewater chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and for several years served on the editorial board of The Federal Lawyer, the national magazine of the FBA. He is the co-author of the chapter "Appeals to the United States Court of Appeals" in the treatise Appellate Practice - Virginia and Federal Courts (Virginia CLE 2016). Johan is also a current member of the faculty of the professionalism committee of the Virginia State Bar and has participated as a speaker and panel member at multiple sessions of the VSB's mandatory professionalism seminar for new admittees, as well as the VSB's companion course presented to law students at Virginia-based law schools.
Along with Joanne Cicala, Johan currently represents more than 45 Virginia municipalities in active litigation concerning the opioid epidemic. In those cases, which are proceeding in both federal and state court, opioid manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies (national chain and mail-order) and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) have all been named as defendants.
While in law school at the University of Virginia School of Law, Johan served on both the editorial and managing boards of the Virginia Law Review. Upon graduating from Virginia Law, Johan clerked with the Hon. B. Waugh Crigler in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Charlottesville Division.
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2001
Liberty University, B.A., 1994
Virginia State Bar, 2001
United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States
Virginia State Bar
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
"Appeals to the United States Court of Appeals," Appellate Practice - Virginia and Federal Courts (Virginia CLE 2016)
For Hands-On Experience in Federal Court, Young Lawyers Should Do Pro Bono Work, The Federal Lawyer (March 2012)
The Young Lawyer's Dilemma, The Federal Lawyer (July 2009)
The Young Lawyer’s Dilemma Part 2: Gaining Perspective, The Federal Lawyer (May 2010)
Venue in Virginia: Putting the “Where” in Wherefore, VBA Journal, Winter 2003
Insurance Coverage for Claims of Violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (47 U.S.C.A § 227), 3 A.L.R. 6th 625
“Linking Public Websites to the Public Forum,” 87 Virginia Law Review 1007, Sept. 2001