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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 Garage.com

- 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).

Statement:

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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