Todd Johnson represents founders, investors, and companies pursuing renewable energy solutions, impacts on sustainable growth, energy efficiency, energy optimization, corporate governance transparency, and those pursuing “for-benefit” models, by advising on corporate financings (including offerings of debt and equity securities, venture capital financings, and private equity buyouts), joint ventures, restructurings, corporate counseling, and mergers and acquisitions. Todd founded Jones Day’s Northern California practice in 2000 by opening its Silicon Valley Office. He presently leads the Firm’s Renewable Energy and Sustainability Practice.
During his 20 plus years at Jones Day, Todd has represented SunPower in its acquisition of PowerLight and in its public offerings, Isuzu Motors of America in its North American restructurings with GM, Metering Technology in its sale to Echelon, and Bank of America in nearly $20 billion in structured financing transactions. Todd serves or has served as regular outside counsel to SunPower Corporation, Harman International, SearchMe, Funny or Die, Santur, GoodGuide, Metering Technology, Notiva, and LaborFair.com; works regularly with partners at Sequoia Capital and other top-tier venture funds; and represents a number of founders and start-ups through the formation, venture financing, and liquidity phases.
Todd actively serves as pro bono counsel to groups including the Grameen Trust, the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, and organizations expanding the “for-benefit” sector, including the Aspen Institute, Good Capital, GlobalGiving, B Labs, Fair Trade Pictures, and Pura Vida Coffee. Todd has been quoted for his work with “for-benefit” corporations in publications such as the New York Times, Inc. magazine, and BusinessWeek.
Honors and Distinctions
Co-chair of the California Working Group for Hybrid Structures (2008-2009)
Maryland, District of Columbia, and California
The Catholic University of America (J.D. 1988; Note and Comment Editor, Law Review); Miami University (Ohio) (B.A. 1982)