William P. Johnson


Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
1200 Seventeenth Street
Suite 3000
Denver, CO 80202

Tel: 303.628.9544

Email: wjohnson@lrrc.com
Web: www.lrrc.com

Mr. Johnson pioneered the “one bank holding company” concept, which ‎has been used by banks throughout the United States.

He has represented approximately 1,000 banks or bank holding ‎companies in approximately 47 states.

Mr. Johnson provides representation and advice to banking clients on ‎formation, operation, and financing of financial institutions, ‎acquisitions, mergers, and sale transactions as well as internal ‎changes of ownership.

He also provides extensive litigation advice to financial institution ‎clients.

Memberships & Affiliations:
  • Bank Holding Company and Bank Ownership Seminars, Member of Faculty, Independent Community Bankers Association of America (formerly IBAA), 1976-present
  • The Denver Foundation, Past Trustee and Chairman of the Investment Committee
  • Colorado University Law School Alumni Board, Past Member and Chair
  • Board of Trustees of Coe College, Member
  • Board of Directors of FirstBank Holding Company of Colorado, Chairman
  • Denver and Colorado Bar Associations, Member

Our Banking and Regulatory Compliance practice is respected nationwide for providing sound legal advice across a wide range of legal disciplines. Our clients include banks, bank holding companies, commercial finance companies, equipment leasing companies, life insurance companies and others in the financial arena.

We combine our banking experience with other legal disciplines, including securities, tax, employment, real estate, environmental law and litigation to create effective solutions for our clients.

Our firm also offers a full range of services to our lending, leasing and project finance clients. We also represent our banking clients in litigation and bankruptcy proceedings throughout the western United States.

Commercial Lending:
  • Commercial real estate secured loans
  • C&I lending and asset-based lines of credit
  • Loan document drafting and review
  • Letters of credit
  • SBA lending
  • Tax credit financing (LIHTC and new market)
  • Tax-exempt and conduit loans
  • TIF/PIF financing

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie is consistently recognized for its record of achieving results. But what makes us most proud is our record of exceeding our clients’ expectations.

We never stop learning. Never stop improving. Never stop finding new ways to create even better outcomes for our clients. We call it Experience Amplified – a heightened commitment to not just delivering exceptional legal service but also producing more positive experiences for our clients. We deliver Experience Amplified through six core Experience Principles.

Our clients are businesses of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and up-and-coming entrepreneurs. We understand the industries in which we work, and the business goals of our clients, as well as the influence legal issues can have on achieving your strategic objectives.

We have successfully handled complex cases involving multiple parties and jurisdictions, substantial economic claims, and the most challenging legal issues. Our advice encompasses corporate and commercial transactions, litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property, government and regulatory, gaming and more.

Our attorneys and staff are consistently recognized as leaders in the profession, offering legal resources across nine western U.S. offices: Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Reno, Silicon Valley and Tucson.

Reflecting our commitment to excellence is a dedication to diversity and inclusion, and active participation in the communities we serve.

The Best Lawyers in America – Litigation – Banking and Finance, 2014-2017, 2020