With a dual JD/MBA, entrepreneurial spirit and an array of business experience, Chris Johnsen offers an unrivaled, dual approach to solving the toughest problems facing today’s businesses. His legal expertise spans small to large corporate clients in a variety of industries. In addition, his experience as a business owner in advertising, retail and real estate has uniquely prepared him to bring business-centric judgment and perspective to his clients. The result is a lawyer who speaks strategy in plain language –which is rare enough on its own –with all the finesse and negotiating skills that accompany legal practice expertise.
Before starting Johnsen Law, Chris was a partner at international law firm Holland & Knight, where he represented both small and large corporate clients in a wide range of corporate matters. His practice specializes in business law, and he has experience representing clients in various industries, including oil and gas, transportation, healthcare, technology, medical, entertainment, retail, financial services, securities and real estate. Above all, Chris stays focused on his top priority: helping businesses succeed.
JD, Stetson University College of Law, summa cum laude(4th in class of 200+)
MBA, Stetson University School of Business Administration
BBA, Finance and Real Estate, Florida Atlantic University, magna cum laude
Honors and Awards
Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyersmagazine, a Thomson Reuters service, 2014-2019
Managing Editor, Stetson Law Review
State Bar of Texas: Corporate Counsel Section | Court Rules Committee
Leadership Houston: Class XXX | Board of Directors
Leadership Lake Houston: Class V
Center for Houston’s Future: Business/Civic Leadership Forum | LeadershipNEXT
Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce: Board of Directors | Chair of Young Entrepreneurs and Professionals Program
Publications and Presentations
Thinking Outside the Barrel: How the Price of Oil impacts Litigation,Co-Author, Texas Lawyer, January 28, 2015
High Court Weighs Issue of Subsurface Trespass, Co-Author, Texas Lawyer, March 10, 2014
Munoz-Perez v. State, 942 So. 2nd 1025 (Fla. 4th Dist. App 2006), Stetson Law Review 36:3. 931, Spring 2007
FedEx Ground Package System v. Futch, 944 So. 2d 469 (Fla. 3rd Dist. App. 2006), Stetson Law Review 36:3, 957, Spring 2007
Create Your Elevator Pitch, Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs and Professionals Program Professional Development Event, September 2018
Government Crackdown of Employee Misclassification as Independent Contractors, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine Conference, April 2013
If you ask Wes Thoman, he’ll tell you that he considers himself a businessman first and a lawyer second. That said, his impressive experience as a seasoned transactional attorney is revered throughout Houston and beyond. He started his first business – a lawn company with nearly 100 yards and commercial properties on its client roster – at just 15 years old. After graduating from business school, he went on to work at two Fortune 10 companies (and also helped a family company get back on its feet). Then, he combined business know-how with transactional attorney experience to excel at two BigLaw firms before joining a technology company – first as an in-house attorney and then in a business role.
Wes has handled a wide variety of commercial transactions, valued from hundreds of thousands of dollars to several billion dollars. His experience includes acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, project work, purchases and sales of goods and services, and various other commercial transactions. And with client history encompassing oil and gas, commercial lending, technology, industrial products and renewable energy, you’ll be hard-pressed to find an industry he hasn’t served.
JD, South Texas College of Law, cum laude
BBA, Finance, The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business
Tamara Toomer Stimer
How did a chemical engineer with Fluor Daniel, Inc. end up serving as a briefing attorney to Justice Dale Wainwright with the Supreme Court of Texas? Just ask Tamara Stiner Toomer. A licensed patent attorney with a breadth of skills, her more than 15 years of combined legal and engineering experience brings a one-of-a-kind approach to the legal practice.
Just as varied is her incredibly well-rounded education. She holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in chemical engineering, plus an MBA and a JD. She has tried and argued both bench and jury cases to completion and represented clients in binding arbitration.
Having practiced law with large international firms, Fortune 500 companies, small litigation boutiques and everything in between, complex commercial litigation matters are no match for Tamara’s expertise. Areas she’s worked in include oil and gas exploration and production, environmental and toxic tort, securities fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, contract disputes, product liability and personal injury. Now, she’s ready to tackle any legal matter you or your business may face – head-on.
JD, University of Virginia School of Law
MBA, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
MS, The University of Texas at Austin, Chemical Engineering
BS, University of California Santa Barbara, Chemical Engineering
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyersmagazine, a Thomson Reuters service, 2007
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