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Antone F. Johnson

Contact: 415.729.5405
310.776.5484
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Law School: Columbia University School of Law - Columbia University
Jurisdiction: California

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About Antone F. Johnson
Antone Johnson has 15 years experience as a business lawyer representing technology and media companies, entrepreneurs and investors in a wide range of corporate, commercial and intellectual property matters. Growing up in Menlo Park and Palo Alto, California, he came to respect the unique culture of innovation that characterizes Silicon Valley, the world's leading center of technology entrepreneurship. Supplementing this background with years of experience in Wall Street dealmaking and the creative environment of Hollywood, Antone has developed a valuable perspective on strategic matters that lie at the intersection between business, law, public policy, technology and media.

Prior to founding Bottom Line Law Group, Antone served as Vice President, Legal Affairs at eHarmony, Inc., where he built the in-house legal function from scratch to serve the rapidly evolving needs of a growing, profitable $200+ million international business. For three years, he directed the company's internal and external legal and government affairs teams, including more than a dozen law firms across five countries, to support the worldwide operations of its flagship eHarmony® dating service and its network of "Web 2.0" content and community sites. eHarmony is the Internet's #1 trusted relationship service, with more than 20 million registered users, and is responsible for more than 2% of all new marriages in the United States. Throughout his tenure at eHarmony, Antone served as primary legal advisor to the senior management team and Board of Directors in corporate and commercial transactions, corporate governance, shareholder relations, litigation strategy, crisis communications and risk management. Key accomplishments included forging strategic partnerships; completing four website acquisitions; supporting major product launches; expanding and enforcing a valuable portfolio of patents, trademarks and domain names; reaching a landmark settlement with the New Jersey Attorney General to resolve a controversial, politically charged discrimination complaint; and leading litigation teams in several complex cases including patent infringement, consumer class action and employment litigation.

Antone has deep roots in the consumer Internet and digital media industries, having served as Corporate Counsel to pioneering broadband Internet content and access provider Excite@Home (Nasdaq: ATHM) from 2000 to 2002 and entertainment guidance technology leader Gemstar-TV Guide (Nasdaq: GMST) from 2002 to 2004. He joined Intermix Media, Inc. (AMEX: MIX) as Assistant General Counsel in 2004 and served as Director of Business & Legal Affairs at its MySpace.com subsidiary during its period of hyper-growth and global expansion, culminating in the company's $650 million sale to Fox Interactive Media. Prior to Excite@Home, Antone spent four years in private practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the world's preeminent technology law firm, and the Los Angeles office of Wall Street firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. He represented emerging growth technology companies and financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures, technology and content licensing transactions and general corporate matters.
Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Intellectual Property
  • Securities Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Internet Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
Professional Experience
Vice President, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary, eHarmony, Inc.
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General counsel and corporate secretary to eHarmony, Inc., the Internet's #1 trusted relationship service, with more than 20 million registered users and $200+ million annual revenue. Member of the senior management team responsible for the company's legal, regulatory and government affairs, privacy/data protection, risk management and stock administration, reporting to the CEO. Built the company's legal function from scratch. Led a combined in-house and external team including three direct reports and more than a dozen outside law firms across five countries with a budget in the $3 million range.
Assistant General Counsel / Director, Business & Legal Affairs, MySpace.com / Fox Interactive Media / Intermix Media, Inc.
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Represented MySpace.com, the premier online social networking site/lifestyle portal and one of the most highly trafficked sites on the Internet (with more than 45 billion monthly page views), in corporate and business development, entertainment and technology licensing transactions, policy enforcement, international expansion and related matters. Advised senior management team at its publicly traded parent company with respect to a broad variety of legal matters, with emphasis on complex transactions, public company governance and securities compliance. Helped execute the company's $650 million sale to Fox Interactive Media.
Director of Legal Affairs / Corporate Counsel, Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc.
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Corporate counsel to publicly traded publishing and broadcast media and technology leader in television guidance and home entertainment ($1 billion revenue), a News Corporation company. Responsible for corporate legal matters with emphasis on securities and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, financial reporting, corporate governance and M&A.
Director, Corporate Counsel, Excite@Home
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In-house counsel to publicly traded pioneering broadband Internet content and access provider ($600 million revenue). Advised the corporate and business development teams in strategic transactions (M&A, joint ventures, equity investments, content partnerships). Responsible for corporate governance, securities compliance and stock plan administration, reporting to the General Counsel.
Associate, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
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Corporate attorney at the world's leading technology law firm, headquartered in Palo Alto. Represented a broad variety of emerging growth technology companies in the Internet, IT and life sciences industries, as well as venture capital funds and underwriters. Emphasis on start-up, general corporate and intellectual property matters, private equity and debt financing, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions.
Associate, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
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Outside corporate/securities counsel to major NYSE and Nasdaq-traded corporations and financial institutions in strategic transactions including M&A, public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, asset securitizations and syndicated credit facilities.
Education
Columbia University School of Law - Columbia UniversityJ.D. (1996)Law
Honors: Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Activities: Production Editor, Columbia-VLA Journal of Law and the Arts
Williams CollegeB.A. (1993)Economics
Honors: Cum Laude
Professional Associations
Member, Association of Corporate Counsel
-Current
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
-Current
Member, California State Bar
-Current

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Connected Pulse: Antone Johnson
Martindale-Hubbell Connected Pulse interview with Mike Mintz, discussing social media law and international expansion of consumer Internet companies, drawing on experiences at MySpace and eHarmony.

We sat down with Antone Johnson, Principle of Bottom Line Law Group and former GC of e-Harmony and ...


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Bottom Line Law Group
169 11th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
USA
Telephone: 415.729.5405
Bottom Line Law Group
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Suite 109
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Telephone: 310.776.5484