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Leading Silicon Valley Lawyer Craig Johnson Passes Away

Posted by Tom Foremski - October 5, 2009

Craig Johnson, CEO of Virtual Law Partners has died.

Some of Mr Johnson's accomplishments:

- Co-Founded Virtual Law Partners LLP in 2008

- Left Wilson Sonsini in 1993 to form Venture Law Group

- Founded

- On Flywheel Ventures Strategic Advisory Board

- Awards & Accolades:

o BusinessWeek: as one of Silicon Valley's top 25 "movers and shakers" (1997),

o Named one of Silicon Valley's "top power brokers" by Red Herring, (1999),

o Recognized one of the 100 most influential attorneys in America by The National Law Journal (2000),

o Named to Forbes' "Midas List" as one of the country's top private company investors (2001).


It is with deep sadness that Virtual Law Partners LLP (VLP) announces the sudden and unexpected passing of CEO and founding partner, Craig Winfield Johnson, due to a stroke suffered on Tuesday, September 29, 2009.The firm's executive committee and senior management will appoint an interim committee to take over Johnson's responsibilities until a new chief executive is named.
Johnson, Rotandaro and Chavez co-founded VLP in 2008 with the goal of building a new kind of law firm to revolutionize the legal industry. Now over forty attorneys and growing rapidly, VLP represents corporate clients both in the United States and internationally, providing a full range of legal services for corporations ranging from start-ups to fully developed public companies.

Craig has long been respected in Silicon Valley as a brilliant legal mind, venture capitalist and entrepreneur. VLP is Craig's second 'new concept' law firm. In 1993, he co-founded Venture Law Group, whose client roster included such high profile companies as Yahoo!, Hotmail, and WebTV. A graduate of Stanford Law School, Craig began his law career at the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He is also known as the co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures and Financial Engines, as well as numerous other high tech companies in Silicon Valley. Johnson received his undergraduate degree from Yale and worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia. His passion for helping others, both personally and professionally, is reflected in his legacy.

The family is planning a memorial service for Sunday, October 11.

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