David Johnson

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Email: david.johnson [at] counsel.com

David Johnson teaches cyberlaw at NY Law School. He joined the Law School’s faculty in spring 2004 as a visiting professor of law. He is a faculty member of the Institute for Information Law and Policy where he directs the Certificate of Mastery in Digital Law Practice Technology program. Currently he is involved in the development of new types of “graphical groupware” software products with Do Tank and the Democracy Design Workshop.[1]

Past Work

Previously he worked as a partner of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. He joined Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in 1973, following a judicial clerkship, and became a partner in 1980. His practice focused primarily on the emerging area of electronic commerce, including counseling on issues relating to privacy, domain names and Internet governance issues, jurisdiction, copyright, taxation, electronic contracting, encryption, defamation, ISP and OSP liability, regulation, and other intellectual property matters.[2]

He has also helped to write the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, was involved in discussions leading to the Framework for Global Electronic Commerce.


He received his Bachelor degree of Arts from Yale College in 1967. Then he completed a year of postgraduate study at University College, Oxford in 1968, and earned a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1972.

Just after graduation from law school, Johnson clerked for the Honorable Malcolm R. Wilkey of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia for a one year duration.