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Antone F. Johnson

Antone F. Johnson

also known as Antone Johnson, Antone F. Johnson

Practice areas:

Business, Internet, Entertainment, Venture Capital, Intellectual Property, Employment & Labor, Privacy

About Me

Antone Johnson has more than 17 years experience as a business lawyer representing "lean startups" and other technology and media companies, entrepreneurs and investors in a wide range of corporate, commercial and intellectual property matters.  Growing up in Menlo Park and Palo Alto, California, he came to respect the unique culture of innovation that characterizes Silicon Valley, the world's leading center of technology entrepreneurship.  Supplementing this background with years of experience in Wall Street dealmaking and the creative environment of Hollywood, Antone has developed a valuable perspective on strategic matters that lie at the intersection between business, law, public policy, technology and media.


 


Prior to founding Bottom Line Law Group, Antone served as Vice President, Legal Affairs at eHarmony, Inc., where he built the in-house legal function from scratch to serve the rapidly evolving needs of a growing, profitable $200+ million international business.  For three years, he directed the company's internal and external legal and government affairs teams, including more than a dozen law firms across five countries, to support the worldwide operations of its flagship eHarmony® dating service and its network of "Web 2.0" content and community sites.  eHarmony is the Internet’s #1 trusted relationship service, with more than 20 million registered users, and is responsible for more than 2% of new marriages in the United States.  Throughout his tenure at eHarmony, Antone served as primary legal advisor to the senior management team and Board of Directors in corporate and commercial transactions, corporate governance, shareholder relations, litigation strategy, crisis communications and risk management.  Key accomplishments included forging strategic partnerships; completing four website acquisitions; supporting major product launches; expanding and enforcing a valuable portfolio of patents, trademarks and domain names; reaching a landmark settlement with the New Jersey Attorney General to resolve a controversial, politically charged discrimination complaint; and leading litigation teams in several complex cases including patent infringement, consumer class action and employment litigation.


 


Antone has deep roots in the consumer Internet and digital media industries, having served as Corporate Counsel to pioneering broadband Internet content and access provider Excite@Home from 2000 to 2002 and media, entertainment and technology company Gemstar-TV Guide from 2002 to 2004, and as Assistant General Counsel at Intermix Media, Inc., which operated MySpace.com during its period of hyper-growth and global expansion, culminating in the company's $650 million sale in 2005 to Fox Interactive Media.  Prior to Excite@Home, Antone spent four years in private practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the world's preeminent technology law firm, as well as Wall Street firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, where he represented emerging growth technology companies and financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures, technology and content licensing transactions and general corporate matters.  He holds a J.D. from Columbia University, where he earned the honor of Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and a B.A. cum laude in Economics from Williams College.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Business: 20%
    19 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 15%
    17 years
  3. Venture Capital: 15%
    17 years
  4. Entertainment: 15%
    11 years
  5. Other: 35%
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Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

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    I endorse Antone's work. Antone and I went to law school together and have remained in close touch over the years, as each of us has worked in law firm and in-house settings. Antone is a trusted friend and colleague. He is a veteran in high tech law, especially in the Internet setting. We have brainstormed on many occassions, and I can highly recommend Antone for help with any of the transactional and counseling legal issues an Internet/media/software company might face. Seth

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    Seth Weisberg Business Attorney
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Contact Info

Bottom Line Law Group

169 11th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103

Bottom Line Law Group

1450 2nd Street, Suite 109
Santa Monica, CA, 90401

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Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199705/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Harlan Fiske Stone ScholarColumbia University1996

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Vice President, Legal Affairs and Corporate SecretaryeHarmony, Inc.2006 - 2009
Assistant General CounselMySpace.com / Fox Interactive Media / Intermix Media, Inc.2004 - 2006
Director of Legal AffairsGemstar-TV Guide International, Inc.2002 - 2004
Director, Corporate CounselExcite@Home2000 - 2002
AssociateWilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati1998 - 2000
AssociateStroock & Stroock & Lavan1995 - 1998

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Association of Corporate CounselMember2004 - 2009
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1997 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
McKinley v. eHarmonySettlement involving major new product launch

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Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia Univ SOLLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Williams CollegeEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1993

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
This Week in LawNSA surveillance reach2013
Fifth Annual Comprehensive Conference on Social Media LawKeeping an Eye Toward the Future: New Ideas Coming Out of the Social Media Startup World2013
Crowdfunding California ConferenceAlternatives to Equity Crowdfunding2013
Stanford E-Commerce Best Practices ConferenceTop 10 Best Practices for Startups2012
16th Annual Statewide Ethics SymposiumSocial Networking and Professional Responsibility2012
USC Law Tax InstituteSocial Networking and Professional Responsibility2011
State Bar of California Annual MeetingSocial Networking and Professional Responsibility2011
SF MusicTech SummitCommunity Conversation: Ask an Attorney2011
pariSomaHow to Structure Term Sheets in a Frothy Market2011
USC-BHBA Institute on Entertainment Law and BusinessSocial Networking and Professional Responsibility2010
Sixth Annual ACCA-SoCal In-House Counsel Conference: “Practical Approaches for Survival and Success”Social Media and Ethics: "Avoiding a Bar Complaint From Your BFF"2010
NAPABA Convention 2010Making Tweets and Pokes Work for You: Conquering Challenges Facing Employers from Social Media/Networking Websites2010
14th Annual Statewide Ethics SymposiumSocial Media and Legal Ethics2010
6th Annual Stanford E-Commerce Best Practices ConferenceNew Threats to Cybersecurity2009
2009 Corporate Counsel Leadership ForumPost Federal Rules eDiscovery: Defensibility & Cost Containment2009
Hot Topics in New Media (Silicon Valley)User-Generated Content and Intellectual Property2008
Hot Topics in New Media (London)Keynote - Social Media Strategy2008