Edinger Associates

J. Ladd Johnson, Partner

Mr. Johnson has a wealth of experience representing public and private companies of all sizes in business and finance matters ranging from large mergers, acquisitions and finance transactions worth hundreds of millions of dollars, to structuring and forming mid-sized and start-up companies in a variety of industries, including technology, media, and telecommunications.

Mr. Johnson serves as outside general counsel to multiple, rapidly growing media and technology companies. He also regularly advises clients on matters involving corporate governance, workout matters, real estate, broadcast and media towers, bankruptcy and reorganization, tax-exempt status, and general corporate law.

Mr. Johnson has been appointed to the Board of Directors of a rapidly growing company in the oil and gas industry, specializing in 3D and electromagnetic data interpretation services.

Prior to joining Edinger Associates PLLC, Mr. Johnson was an associate at Holme Roberts & Owen LLP for one year and an associate at Wiley Rein LLP for seven years.

Representative Experience:

  • Counsel for Emmis Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: EMMS) in its acquisition of radio stations WBLS and WLIB, both licensed to New York, New York, for $131 million
  • Counsel for Franchise Services of North America Inc. (TSXV: FSN) in its acquisition of Advantage Rent-A-Car from Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.
  • Lead transactional counsel for multiple media companies in the purchase and sale of broadcast and wireless towers and transmission sites
  • Lead transactional counsel for private venture group’s multimillion-dollar investment in national technology company
  • Represented publicly traded company in the divestiture of multiple television stations in a series of transactions with total proceeds exceeding $1 billion
  • Outside general counsel for multiple media and technology companies with millions in annual revenue
  • Lead transactional counsel of U.S.-based distributor for renewal of $30 million line of credit
  • Represented publicly traded company in the divestiture of dozens of radio stations in a series of transactions with total proceeds exceeding $350 million
  • Lead transactional counsel for multiple business owners in multimillion dollar redemption and “cash-out” transactions
  • Represented radio station operator in obtaining and refinancing senior credit facility with loan proceeds of $50 million
  • Represented lender on a series of multimillion dollar loans to media companies
  • Represented various media and other companies on mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and financings ranging from $1 million to $100 million
  • Represented Latin American telecommunications company in the sale of an undersea cable interest and telecommunications business in Colombia and Panama
  • Represented broadcaster in sale of multi-towercommunications site with national tower company

Practice Areas:

  • Business and Finance
  • Telecommunications, Media, and Technology
  • Vertical Real-Estate (Telecommunications Towers)
  • Real-Estate Transactions
  • Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring

Bar Admissions:

  • District of Columbia
  • Utah


  • JD, Brigham Young University (2001)
  • MAcc, Brigham Young University (2001)
  • BS, Brigham Young University (2000)

Professional Associations:

  • Founder, Communications Law Section, Utah State Bar
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar, Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section

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Contact Information:

  • Direct: +1.202.747.1695
  • Direct: +1.801.617.2320
  • Mobile: +1.801.633.0184
  • Facsimile: +1.202.747.1691
  • Email: ljohnson@edingerlaw.net