Michael B. Johnson
Professional Liability Vice Chair
Michael (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, agents 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 defended hundreds of lawyers, law firms and other licensed professionals in civil actions in state and federal courts, and he advises his clients on professional ethics and responsibility issues, and in risk management.
Won full defense verdict in civil jury trial brought by homebuyers against their real estate agent and broker. Homebuyers claimed their agent and broker should have known or discovered that their new home had serious structural deterioration due to stucco facade.
Obtained complete take-nothing judgment on behalf of law firm following jury trial. Plaintiff claimed wrongful foreclosure and violations of Fair Debt Collection statutes.
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 million.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
Education, Admissions & Activities
Georgetown University Law Center
Journal of Legal Ethics, Volume X - Articles Editor
The University of Texas at Austin
B.A., cum laude, 1994
Plan II Liberal Arts and Honors English dual major
Phi Beta Kappa
United States Court of Appeals
Fifth and Seventh Circuit
United States District Court of Texas
Northern and Western
United States District Court of Illinois