Nancy J. Johnson


Business Litigation; Real Estate Litigation

Ms. Johnson has over thirty years of experience representing a variety of clients in business and real estate disputes, including escrow and title issues, commercial landlord-tenant matters, contract matters, and representation of landlords and creditors in bankruptcy court. She speaks and presents workshops on matters pertinent to her practice, including property management issues, escrow and title practice, and other real estate topics.

In addition to her work on business and real estate matters, Ms. Johnson represents the San Andreas Regional Center, which is the agency serving the developmentally disabled population in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties.

Representative Cases

  • Handled many cases for lenders presenting varied challenges to lender’s security interest, including validity of lien and lien priority position
  • Represented property owners in matters involving challenges to owners’ title, including easement issues, boundary disputes, encroachments, and liens
  • Defended escrow liability cases, often securing dismissals for the escrow company through demurrer or summary judgment
  • Represented lenders foreclosing on deeds of trust that secured commercial loans, including applications for appointment of receiver, applications to obtain access for environmental inspections, and addressing intervening borrower bankruptcies
  • Handled many commercial lease litigation matters involving issues such as rent and other defaults, tenant abandonment, condition of property at surrender, interpretation of lease terms, and option exercise disputes
  • Represented commercial parking garage owner in dispute concerning restrictive covenants in deed
  • Represented railroad in lawsuits concerning its right of way property interests

Professional Admissions

  • State Bar of California, 1983 - present
  • United States District Court, Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California


  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, 1983 - present
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court, Judicial Arbitrator
  • Commercial Real Estate Women, San Jose, Board of Directors 1991 - 2000, Delegate to National Network of Commercial Real Estate Women 1995 - 1997


  • Recipient of YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry Award, 1994


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1983
  • California State University, Sacramento, B.A., with Honors, 1980