L. J. Johnson


Office: 972-348-5508
Direct: 972-728-8451
Cell: 214-534-5178
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L. J. Johnson


Office: 972-348-5508
Direct: 972-728-8451
Cell: 214-534-5178
Direct Email:

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My path to mediation

As the General Counsel of a group of private equity real estate funds, I have been involved in the mediation and arbitration of various claims, and realized I would be well suited to helping others find mutual solutions to business conflicts.

I have devoted myself in recent years to mastering the craft of conflict resolution and mediation. While many professionals take the basic 40-hour course required to handle court-ordered mediations, I have gone well beyond that threshold, taking numerous classes on alternative dispute resolution, including a course at Harvard Law School on advanced negotiation techniques and extensive courses in California taught by mediation experts Lee Jay Berman and Doug Noll.

With a solid foundation in mediation, and vast experience in the legal and business worlds, I can assist parties in efficiently resolving challenging commercial disputes or intervening at an early stage to assist in diagnosing and resolving matters before they mature into time consuming and very costly litigated conflicts.

I possess particular expertise in mediating real estate, hospitality and resort, contract and partnership, and securities and lending matters, but can comfortably handle all types of commercial disputes.

Today, as the principal and founder of Johnson Conflict Resolution, I am now fully engaged in working to find creative solutions to challenging disputes.

Specialized Training and Conferences

  • SMU Consultative Selling Certificate (July 2016, Dallas)
  • Texas Hospitality Law Conference (Feb. 2016, Houston)
  • American Arbitration Association Webinar: Using Guided Choice (Nov. 2015)
  • Legal Issues in the Texas Hospitality Industry Conference (Nov. 2015, Dallas)
  • The Construction Alternative Dispute Resolution Summit (Oct. 2015, Austin)
  • The Annual Land Use Conference (Mar. 2015, Austin)
  • Southern Methodist University: Harnessing the Power of the Master Mediator Workshop (Nov. 2014, Dallas)
  • American Institute of Mediation: Mediating the Non-litigated Dispute Workshop (May 2014, Beverly Hills)
  • American Institute of Mediation: Mediating Commercial and Litigated Cases Workshop (Mar. 2014, Beverly Hills)
  • Texas Association of Mediators Annual Conferences (2014, Austin; 2013, Dallas)
  • SMU 40-hour, Mediation Certification Program (Feb. 2012, Dallas)
  • Harvard Law School: Advanced Negotiation: Deal Design & Implementation (June 2011, Cambridge, MA)
  • Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Negotiation Seminar (2010, Dallas)
  • Ragatz Fractional Interest Conference (Mar 2010, San Francisco)
  • Real Estate Restructuring Seminar (Jan 2010, Los Angeles)

Memberships & Associations

  • Licensed Texas Attorney
  • Licensed real estate broker in Texas and California
  • Texas Association of Mediators
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Dallas/Fort Worth General Counsel Forum
  • Dallas Bar Association: member of the alternative dispute resolution and real estate sections
  • The Real Estate Council
  • American Bar Association
  • Affiliate Professor, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, UNT Dallas College of Law, Spring 2016

Work Experience

General Counsel

L. J. serves as General Counsel for Olympus Real Estate Partners, a group of private equity real estate funds that previously owned billions of dollars in real estate assets, including office buildings, hotel/resort properties, apartments and residential developments which is in the process of winding down its last fund and making its final distribution to investors at the end of 2018.

As General Counsel, L. J. has handled business transactions at virtually every stage of development, including acquiring real estate, managing properties, and selling assets.

For example, he oversaw all legal aspects of Calistoga Ranch, a luxury hotel and private residence club in Napa Valley. L. J. served as the real estate broker of record for the resort and also served on the board of directors of the Calistoga Ranch Private Residence Club from 2008 to 2013.


L. J. has served as a volunteer mediator at the SMU Dispute Resolution Center since 2013, mediating business disputes.

Real estate attorney and professional

L. J. worked for four years as a real estate attorney for a Dallas-area law firm, where he handled a broad range of commercial transactions, including the negotiation of office and retail leases and the handling of residential land development projects.

L. J. has also worked at a Dallas title company, handling escrow closings, and as a real estate broker, specializing in representing tenants in negotiating office leases.

Banking and Mortgage-Backed Securities

L. J. worked for three years combined at commercial and regional investment banks in Memphis, structuring, trading and selling whole loan packages and mortgage-backed securities to institutional accounts, such as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

L. J. later moved to Washington, D.C., working three and a half years in the Security Sales and Trading Group at Freddie Mac, where he bought and sold Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities with institutional accounts.


  • University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D. (1995)
  • University of Arkansas Graduate School of Business, M.B.A (1983)
  • University of Arkansas, B.S.B.A. Finance and Banking (1982)


A native of Arkansas, L. J. lives in Dallas with his wife Lynn, son Logan and daughter Landry. He enjoys his children’s activities, playing golf and attending sporting events.