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E. Scott Johnson

Senior Counsel

A member of the Intellectual Property Group, Scott Johnson has a diverse law practice that includes licensing, trademark, copyright, technology, Internet, entertainment, arts and media law matters.

Professional Biography

Mr. Johnson's diverse law practice includes licensing, trademark, copyright, technology, Internet, entertainment, arts and media law matters.

He counsels individuals, companies, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions on a wide range of intellectual property matters.

Mr. Johnson reviews and prepares Internet-related agreements and evaluates trade practices, including legal aspects of advertising and Internet marketing. His work in the IT and in other technology fields includes legal aspects of joint ventures, software development and licensing, research and development and sponsored research agreements.

For clients in the entertainment and media fields, Mr. Johnson handles the preparation and negotiation of film and television production and co-production agreements, recording contracts, personal management agreements, music publishing agreements, production agreements, video/film synchronization licenses, book publishing contracts, public art commissions and rights clearances, fair use and new media issues.

Mr. Johnson is the recipient of numerous accolades from national and local legal and business publications for his work in the field of intellectual property law. He also takes a lead role in numerous community organizations dedicated to film, music and the arts and is past chair of the Maryland State Arts Council. Since 1985, he has been a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' Producers and Musicians Wings.

Professional Memberships

  • Member – American Bar Association
    • Section on Intellectual Property Law
    • Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries
  • Member – Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
  • Member – Maryland State Bar Association
    • Section on Intellectual Property
  • Member – The Recording Academy
    • Voting Member (1985 – present)

Community Service


  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers as a leading Intellectual Property lawyer in Maryland (2022)
  • Listed since 2011 in The Best Lawyers in America®, Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures & Television, Entertainment Law – Music and Trademark Law Categories; named Baltimore Entertainment Law – Music "Lawyer of the Year" (2013 and 2016); named Baltimore Copyright Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2015); named Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television "Lawyer of the Year" (2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021); named Trademark Law "Lawyer of the Year (2018 and 2020)
  • Named an "IP Star" in Managing Intellectual Property's IP Handbook (2017)
  • Recipient – Leadership in Law Award, The Daily Record (2013)
  • Recipient – Golden Formstone Award, Creative Alliance (2012)
  • Recipient – Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate Award (2011)
  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property (2008 – 2010, 2012 – 2013) 
  • Recipient – Nina Woods Collier Arts Champion Award (2006)
  • Listed since 2005 in Who's Who Legal: USA-Trademarks (Law Business Research Limited)
  • Listed as one of Baltimore's top attorneys, Baltimore Magazine (2003)
  • Listed in "Who's Who in Intellectual Property Law," Baltimore Business Journal (2000)
  • Listed in 115 Best Lawyers, Baltimore Magazine (1995)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1988, cum laude
  • First Prize, Georgetown University 1987 Nathan Burkan Competition (Copyright)
    • Journal of Law & Technology
  • University of Maryland, B.A., 1985, summa cum laude


  • Maryland
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

[Scott] is really, really good in music and entertainment law. My go-to guy for questions in those areas.

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