William P. Johnson

William P. Johnson

wjohnson@lrrc.com vCard
303.623.9222 fax
1200 Seventeenth Street
Suite 3000
Denver, CO 80202

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

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Mr. Johnson has lectured for the Independent Community Bankers Association of America (formerly IBAA) since 1976, and for the American Bankers Association since 1979.


  • The Best Lawyers in America - Litigation - Banking and Finance, 2014-2017, 2020-2021
  • Colorado Super Lawyers - Banking , 2018

Other Info


J.D., University of Colorado Law School, 1958
B.A., Coe College, 1953

Bar Admissions

Colorado, 1958

Court Admissions

Colorado State Judicial District Courts
Colorado Supreme Court
Colorado Court of Appeals