Senior Counsel
Foley and Lardner, LLP

Trent M. Johnson

Trent M. Johnson is senior counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is a member of the Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice, and focuses primarily on distribution and franchise litigation, consumer financial services litigation, and general commercial litigation. Mr. Johnson also has significant experience navigating e-discovery issues in complex commercial litigation, including in antitrust and RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) disputes. As an associate, he has substantial trial experience in both federal and state court.


Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Johnson was assistant counsel to Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan of the Illinois General Assembly. He participated in all legal aspects of policymaking in the Illinois House of Representatives, including drafting, editing and performing technical analysis of legislation. He also served as an official liaison between the speaker and lobbyists, as well as a parliamentarian and legal counsel for legislative committees, and assisted house members with committee testimony and floor debate of legislation.

Mr. Johnson speaks and writes frequently in the area of distribution and franchise, and is also a regular contributor to the CFSL Bulletin (CFSLbulletin.com), a blog devoted to legal developments in consumer financial services litigation. Mr. Johnson is the co-editor of the Wisconsin chapter of Business Torts – A Fifty State Guide, a litigation reference guide for corporate in-house counsel (Aspen Publishers, Inc.).



Mr. Johnson received his law degree (J.D., cum laude, 2004) from the University of Wisconsin Law School. During law school, he served as an extern to District Judge Barbara Crabb, chief judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. He graduated from Miami University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, Spanish and psychology.

Community Engagement

Mr. Johnson is a member of several professional and charitable organizations, including the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Midwest Bikeshare, Inc., and the Manufacturing Diversity Institute, serving on the board of directors of each.