• Northwestern School of Law
  • Lewis and Clark College, J.D.
  • Portland State University, B.S.

Leslie Johnson joined Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP in May of 2017. Prior to that, she was in private practice elsewhere in downtown Portland. Her focus has always been on business litigation and business law. She brings to her practice a broad range of pre-law experience in traditional business settings, including six years at NIKE, Inc., and in law offices. There, she worked on complex business transactions and business litigation issues. Her law practice has since extended to all types of business disputes, with emphasis on contract issues, corporate governance, shareholder agreements and disputes, employment law, business and real property transactions, franchise disputes, securities, and lawyer and accountant malpractice. She serves as an arbitrator with the Multnomah County Circuit Court arbitrations program. She is available for local counsel and conflicts counsel engagements. Johnson is licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington.

Johnson is an Oregon native. She obtained her undergraduate degree at Portland State University (B.S., 1991) and her law degree at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College (J.D., 1995). Leslie is a current member in the Oregon and Washington State Bar Associations, the Multnomah and Clark County Bar Associations, and the American Bar Association. In addition, Leslie was a member of the Gus J. Solomon American Inn of Court for many years. She has served on a number of bar committees, wanting to stay engaged with current law updates, and help to shape her state laws. Johnson is a current member of both the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates, and the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association.

She was honored by her law school in 2005 with the Joyce Ann Harpole Award, given to a graduate who exemplifies a high standard of professionalism. She holds the highest rating (‘AV’) from publisher Martindale Hubbell. In 2014, she joined Oregon Super Lawyers, for her business litigation work. Johnson has spoken at local and state bar association CLEs on practical litigation skills. She co-authored chapters of the Oregon State Bar publications INSURANCE (chapter 2, ‘Understanding and Interpreting Policy Language,’ 1996 revision and 1999 supplement), FEDERAL CIVIL LITIGATION (chapter 16, ‘Depositions,’ 1998 supplement), and CIVIL PLEADING AND PRACTICE (chapter 25, ‘Depositions,’ 1998 supplement), and an outline of Clark County [Washington] Practice and Procedure presented as a Multnomah Bar Association CLE in 2000, 2002 and 2003.

Outside of her practice, Leslie enjoys a range of civic activities. These include a long and active membership in the City Club of Portland, as well as service on the advisory council for Profile Theatre Project and board. Leslie is also involved with activities in Portland’s neighborhood associations, volunteering and raising awareness.