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The Non-Compete Queen


Attorney and Principal

Who is Jackie Johnson?

I have over 25 years of experience as a litigator and am a former national co-chair of Littler Mendelson’s Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets Practice Group. From employment disputes to trade secret protection, wrongful competition, business mediation and litigation, and drafting and enforcement of non-compete agreements, I have truly seen it all.
I have dealt with high-profile cases that give me unique and unparalleled expertise and insight. Combined with my one-of-a-kind talent for creative problem solving and “out of the box” thinking, I am able to craft successful resolutions to complex legal problems.

My Formal Credentials: 

Certified Mediator, Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, the University of Texas School of Law.
Member, Association of Attorney-Mediators.
Named, The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-present.
Named, "Texas Rising Star" Texas Monthly and Law & Politics. 

Author: Unfair Competition and Intellectual Property Protection in Employment Law (Bloomberg BNA 2014) (with M. Scott McDonald).

Author: Drafting and Enforcing Covenants Not to Compete (BNA 2009) (with M. Scott McDonald).


Covenants Not to Compete: A State-by-State Survey (Bloomberg BNA).
Trade Secrets: A State-by-State Survey (Bloomberg BNA).
Employee Duty of Loyalty: A State-by-State Survey (Bloomberg BNA).
Tortious Interference in the Employment Context: A State-by-State Survey (Bloomberg BNA).
Employment Termination: Rights and Remedies (BNA 2d Ed.).
Employment Arbitration Agreements: A Practical Guide (Aspen 2009).

Associate Editor, Texas Employment Law Handbook (Texas Association of Business 2007-2009 Ed.).
Working Group Member (contributor), The In-House Counsel's Essential Toolkit, Committee on Corporate Counsel, Employment Law (ABA 2007).



I received my J.D at the University of Texas School of Law in 1994, and my B.A. in Philosophy (Cum Laude) from Trinity University in 1991.

Special Honors: Legal Research Board, Research Assistant for Professor John Robertson, Mortar Board and Phi Sigma Tau honor societies, Sigma Theta Tau sorority, Research Fellow for the Center for Applied Philosophical and Educational Research, National Merit Scholarship, Trustee's Scholarship, Chapel Choir.