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Frances Johnston

Francie Johnston's practice focuses on technology start-up companies and includes initial company formation, both company and investor-side representation in private equity financings, securities compliance, general corporate governance matters, commercial contracts, technology licensing, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions.


Before joining Haynes and Boone, Francie worked as a lawyer with the Royse Law Firm and other law firms. Prior to law school, Francie worked with a number of fine arts organizations (the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and Sotheby’s auction house in New York) and entertainment companies (CBS Television and Walt Disney Studios in southern California).

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Palo Alto Bar Association
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B.A., Art History and French, Stanford University

J.D., Stanford Law School

M.B.A., University of California Los Angeles



Press Release
Longtime Silicon Valley Lawyer Roger Royse and Seven Colleagues to Join Haynes and Boone's Palo Alto [...]
March 26, 2020

Roger Royse, an experienced advisor to venture funds, mid-market companies and technology startups, will join Haynes and Boone, LLP as a partner. Royse will bring a team of Silicon Valley lawyers from the firm he founded in 2006, the Royse Law Firm, PC. These lawyers represent a broad spectrum of experience, including tax, intellectual property, and finance. “We are excited to welcome Roger and hi [...]