Dane Johnson

Bar Admissions



University of Oregon School of Law J.D. (Coif)
Art Center College of Design B.F.A. (Honors) (Advertising)

Dane is an entertainment attorney providing comprehensive transactional legal services from development and clearance to production and distribution for independent producers and filmmakers creating film, television, and digital content.

He serves as development counsel, acquiring and clearing intellectual property, privacy, and publicity rights in screenplays and literary fiction, providing corporate formation services, and advising creative clients on legal issues related to film finance and distribution. As production counsel, Dane negotiates and drafts talent and below-the-line contracts for artists and loanout companies, location agreements, clip license agreements, and a myriad of other production contracts. He has worked with independent narrative film and scripted television screenwriters and producers as well as award-winning documentary filmmakers.

Before becoming a lawyer, Dane was a Los Angeles art director (and Art Center College of Design advertising alumnus) working in television commercials and print advertising (Apple, Visa, Blue Cross of California, Sizzler). His education before the law included studying film direction in a soundstage on the CBS-MTM Studios lot in Studio City. He brings a detailed understanding of production demands and an invaluable creative perspective to the business and legal affairs issues affecting independent producers and filmmakers.

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the District of Oregon


Statute of Anne-Imals: Should Copyright Protect Sentient Non-Human Creators?, 15 Animal L. 15 (2008).
Cages, Clinics, and Consequences: The Chilling Problems of Controlling Special-Interest Extremism, 86 Or. L. Rev. 249 (2008).


Beverly Hills Bar Association Entertainment Law Section
Los Angeles County Bar Association Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section