As a former nurse, current lawyer, and longtime advocate for the injured, Jennifer Johnson has dedicated both her personal and professional life to making a difference for people harmed due to the wrongdoing of others.
“People often ask why I became a lawyer after already serving as a successful ICU nurse,” says Ms. Johnson, who has practiced law since 1992. “But as both a nurse and as a lawyer, my motivation has been the same—I want to be a force for good in people’s lives.” In her legal practice, Ms. Johnson provides injured individuals with committed and compassionate representation in Southern California and many other parts of the country. Her focus is on catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and elder abuse, including cases involving spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.
“These are fields that I have firsthand personal experience with, as two of my nephews are paralyzed and wheelchair bound due to spinal cord injuries,” Ms. Johnson notes. “So I fully understand the obstacles my clients are facing, and I have a real passion for helping them get to a better place in their lives.”
Ms. Johnson founded her firm in 2011 after practicing law for two decades—first at two prestigious defense firms and then at a national powerhouse plaintiff ’s firm. Among her many accomplishments as a plaintiff ’s lawyer, she oversaw the settlement of cases involving the recalled painkiller Vioxx and also helped resolve cases for hundreds of individuals affected by the diet drug Fen-Phen. “At my current practice, I’ve integrated my background as a registered nurse with my experience from practicing at larger law firms, and that combination has proved very effective when it comes to representing injury victims,” says Ms. Johnson, who for years has been AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the organization’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.
Outside of the courtroom, Ms. Johnson contributes to her community by serving on the board of directors for Swim With Mike, a scholarship program for disabled athletes. Ms. Johnson is also an active member of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and an ardent supporter of Craig Hospital, a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital in Denver for that affected by spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.
“The cases I handle really cry out for justice,” Ms. Johnson says. “Often, the people I represent wouldn’t have a voice if it weren’t for the efforts of my firm and others like us; and that’s why it’s such an incredible honor to represent people in the court of law and see that justice is done.”