Ann E. Johnston


Ann Johnston has more than twenty-five years of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of complex civil litigation matters, with a focus on cases involving cable television, telecommunications, real property and general business disputes. She also substantial experience representing clients on matters pertaining to environmental matters, consumer class actions, commercial aircraft leasing and insurance coverage.

Ann has an active counseling practice, particularly with respect to the cable television industry, in which she uses her substantial experience to negotiate a wide variety of agreements and provide counsel on federal, state, and local regulatory issues.

Professional Activities

Ann is a member of the American Bar Association; the California Bar Association; the Environmental Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco; and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.


Ann received her undergraduate degree in history from Miami University (1982) and earned her law degree from Stanford University Law School (1985).

Notable Representations


Recent litigation matters include a state court trial helping to define the preemptive scope of the Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act of 2006 and confirm limits on the ability of local government to evade statutory limits on franchise fees.

Real Property

Representation of clients in a complex partition action involving over 200 properties located throughout the state.


Representation of clients in complex multi-site, multi-party environmental matters. Representative environmental matters include work related to the San Francisco International Airport, the Stanford Research Park and federal and state superfund sites in California, Washington and Maryland.

Case Studies


Coblentz has done both corporate and litigation work with several aviation industry leaders in the Bay Area. 

Teaming with Greene Radovsky Maloney Share & Hennigh LLP, we advised Sky Holding Company, LLC, a full-service aircraft leasing platform, in the recent formation of Jackson...