Michael B. (Mike) Johnson devotes his current practice to the representation of professionals in malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims. He represents attorneys, insurance agents, real estate brokers, accountants, officers and directors and other professionals in federal and state courts.
Mike also handles the appellate proceedings stemming from his trial court representation of attorneys and other professionals. He has represented numerous attorneys in grievance proceedings before the State Bar of Texas, where he obtained dismissals for “no just cause.” Mike has represented hundreds of lawyers and law firms in civil actions in state and federal courts, and he advises his clients on professional ethics and responsibility issues, and in risk management.
- Obtained summary judgment in malpractice suit brought against attorney by former client seeking several million dollars in damages. Summary judgment followed motion to exclude economics expert on alleged lost profits.
- Defended high-profile plaintiff’s side pharmaceutical litigator accused of malpractice in suit against drug manufacturer. Moved to exclude Plaintiff’s medical expert and prevailed in summary judgment motion.
- Defended attorney accused of legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty deriving from representation of individual in multi-million dollar business separation from his brothers. Former client sought seven-figure judgment from attorney when business separation agreement failed. Plaintiff alleged that attorney improperly acted as a “mediator” among the quarreling brothers.
- Won directed verdict in federal trial brought by former insurance agent against life insurer under unjust enrichment and quantum merit theories.
- Obtained summary judgment on legal malpractice claim brought by beneficiary under a will drafted by our attorney-client. The estate at issue under the will was valued at over $4,000,000.00.
Professional and Community Activities
- Board of Directors - Austin Bar Association Civil Litigation Section (2012-2013)
- Leadership Austin Essential Class (2006-2007)
- AYLA Mock Trial Committee (Co-Chair 2002-2004; Chair 2004-2008)
- AYLA Mentoring Committee (Chair 2007-2008)
- AYLA Board of Directors (2005-2008)
- AYLA Outstanding Director Award (2005-2006 Term)
- Austin Bar Association Bench-Bar Committee (Vice Chair 2008-2009)
- Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court (Associate 2004-2006 Term)
- Junior Judges Program (Volunteer Teacher 2006)
- UT Street Law Program (Volunteer Teacher 2005)
- Pick Me! Jury Project (Volunteer Teacher 2006)
- Bar & Grill XII (Cast 2003)
- State Bar of Texas, Litigation & Appellate Sections
- Austin Bar Association, Civil Litigation and Civil Appellate Sections
Speeches and Presentations
- Co-presenter with Rick M. Albers: "Professional Duties Under Law of Agency: A Comparison of Duties for Lawyers and Brokers" at the UT School of Law 2012 Mortgage Lending Institute
- Presented “Recent Developments in the Law of Legal Malpractice and Professional Responsibility” at the St. Mary’s Law Journal 2008 Symposium on Legal Malpractice and Professional Responsibility
- Presented “Recent Developments and Future Trends in Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline” at the 19th Austin Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference
- Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1997, Articles Editor—Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Volume X
- The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1994, Plan II Liberal Arts and Honors English dual major, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
- Texas, 2001
- Illinois, 1997, Inactive
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Seventh Circuits
- United States District Court Northern and Western Districts of Texas
- United States District Court Northern District of Illinois