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Mike Johnson


Mike  Johnson

Address:
One Buckhead Plaza
3060 Peachtree Rd NW Ste 1050
Atlanta, Georgia 30305-2255
United States

Telephone: 404-442-8836
Facsimile: 404-442-8835
Firm: The Johnson Firm, LLC
Practice Overview:
The lawyers of The Johnson Firm, LLC are dedicated to advising clients and representing their interests in complex insurance coverage matters and significant liability defense. Our attorneys enjoy a national practice in complex insurance coverage litigation and counseling concerning all manner of property and liability insurance coverage disputes between insureds, agents, brokers, primary insurers, excess insurers, umbrella insurers and reinsurers. Our attorneys have handled in excess of 500 hundred insurance coverage matters over the past 25 years providing legal advice on insurance coverage disputes and representing clients as lead counsel in Georgia insurance coverage litigations as well as lead counsel, pro hac vice, in insurance coverage litigation in more than 20 other states. The lawyers of the Firm have had great success in both the trial and appellate state and federal courts around the country and have been admitted to, and have argued before, the United States Court of Appeals in the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits. We enjoy working on large and complex property, bodily injury and economic loss cases that require a good grasp of forensic engineering principles and industry specific customs. As insurance litigation counsel we also handle bad faith/extra-contractual claims and have had significant experience nationwide with claims handling guidelines and requirements. From Atlanta, Georgia we have developed strong relationships with many local counsel and industry experts in nearly every major city in the country.

Professional Profile:
C. MICHAEL JOHNSON is an AV rated trial lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia. He has spent over 25 years developing a national practice involving complex insurance coverage litigation and counseling concerning all manner of insurance coverage disputes between insureds, agents, brokers, primary insurers, excess insurers, umbrella insurers and reinsurers. While a native to the South he began his legal practice in Seattle, Washington and then moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1984. After years of working in several excellent business firms where his section handled insurance litigation and liability defense, he started The Johnson Firm LLC in 2007 so all attorneys in the firm can be dedicated to complex insurance coverage litigation and liability defense.

His insurance coverage work has involved serving as lead counsel in Georgia litigation and as lead counsel, pro hac vice, in insurance coverage litigation in more than 20 other states. As an insurance coverage attorney, his experience has been gained on a national level providing him a very broad understanding of insurance coverage matters. He has represented clients in insurance litigation coverage cases in nearly every Federal Circuit in the United States. He has been admitted to and argued before the United States Court of Appeals in the Second Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Eighth Circuit, Ninth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit. He is also admitted to the United States Court of Claims. Mr. Johnson has developed strong relationships with many local lawyers and industry experts in nearly every major city and he has had excellent success at both the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts.

As an insurance coverage lawyer, some of the many cases Mr. Johnson has been involved in the catastrophic property loss area include coverage litigation and counseling as insurance concerning construction, building and inland marine property losses involving the negligence of architects, engineers and contractors, building/structure/roof collapses, building/structure/mine earth and soil subsidence cases, a wide variety of fire and explosion cases from a multitude of causes, and all manner of property losses from flood, earthquake, wind/rain storm and hurricane. These property damage/loss matters also commonly involve complex business interruption, extra expense, soft cost coverage and bad faith issues.

In the maritime field, he has handled coverage litigation and liability defense involving serious bodily injury and wrongful death occurring at commercial ports, in state territorial waters, on off-shore drilling platforms and on the high seas, which are governed under the LHWCA, Jones Act, the OCS Lands Act and DOHSA. He also has experience in the variety of insurance coverages and liability laws that apply to hull losses caused by explosion, collision and allision and vessel cargo losses while at sea, loading or unloading, or in transit under through bills of lading.

In the field of cargo transportation and warehousing he has represented clients in insurance coverage litigation and liability defense involving freight forwarder liability, domestic intrastate and interstate motor truck carrier liability, ocean cargo carrier liability, international air carrier cargo liability and warehouse legal liability. He is knowledgeable of the wide variety of complex insurance coverages, U. S. statutory regimes and international treaties that govern this area of practice.

His environmental practice involves the insurance coverage and defense liability issues triggered by EPA Superfund enforcement and state environmental agency enforcement. In environmental insurance coverage litigation, Mr. Johnson has served as lead counsel for clients in many of the significant environmental insurance coverage cases litigated in the State of Georgia. Mr. Johnson has authored various publications including the Status of Environmental Liability Insurance Litigation for the State of Georgia in Legal Trends, and he has spoken at seminars given by the Environmental Section of the State Bar on environmental insurance litigation.

His practice also involves many other areas of insurance coverage representation such as the myriad of risk covered under commercial CGL policies, Builders Risk policies, Fine Art policies, and E & O and D & O policies. He gives seminars to lawyers and clients regarding insurance coverage and has provided counseling in the drafting of manuscript commercial policies. Mr. Johnson has also defended clients in various complex products liability cases as well as from wrongful death and serious bodily injury claims resulting from automobile accidents, trucking accidents, industrial accidents and maritime accidents.

Education:
LevelSchoolDegreeYear
UndergraduateNorth Carolina State UniversityB.S.1979
LawUniversity of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel HillJ.D.1982

Affiliations & Memberships:
Mr. Johnson is a member of the usual local and state bar organizations, the Lawyer's Club of Atlanta and a number of insurance practice groups. He has the highest rating Martindale-Hubbell bestows, AV, and has been repeatedly voted a "Super Lawyer" for many years. He is a professional member in the following:
• State Bar of Georgia Insurance Law Section
• State Bar of Georgia Environmental Law Section
• American Bar Association Litigation Section
• American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section
• Federal Bar Association
• Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
• Defense Research Institute
• Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

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