Jake Johnson, of counsel

           Jake Johnson, Of Counsel , to Johnson Law Firm, PC, has practiced general civil law from 1962 to the present, handling numerous contested civil cases ranging from aircraft product liability cases to general tort litigation.  Jake was never one to avoid complex and difficult cases about which others claimed no recovery could be had and enjoyed several jury verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million, including a toxic tort product liability case involving a melanoma death from benzene exposure in which the jury returned a verdict of $7 million.

           Born in Kingsville, Texas, Jake was educated in the public schools there before moving to Mississippi with his Mother to be brought up among her family members in rural Mississippi.  He attended Perkinston Junior College for high school and his first two years of college before completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Houston in History.  He earned the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law, when that school was still holding classes in the local YMCA.  There, he worked in the political campaign of the Hon. F. Lee Duggan, his professor of research and writing, and acquired an interest in Texas Politics.  He ran for the Texas Legislature in 1964 and served the Houston area as a member of the House of Representatives for two terms.

           Jake also was proud to be a United States Marine and served as a Naval Aviator during the 1950s.  Jake is proud that his son, Jacob Dwight, also became a Naval Aviator and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross  for his service in Desert Storm.

           Jake believes that a lucky man has daughters and in that regard he has five to comfort him in his dotage: Cissy Larkin of Chicago, Ill., Lulu Kelsch of Houston, Frances Kenyon of Woodville, Texas; and Jennifer Carol West and Ann Johnson of Houston.

           Jake has nine grandchildren.  He is married to the Hon. Carolyn Marks Johnson, a retired District Judge, who still sits as a visiting judge for the state of Texas.

JAKE’S RESUME:

           U. S. Marine Corps, 1952-56, Fighter Pilot

           Graduate, University of Houston, 1959, History

           Taught School, HISD, 1958-62

           Admitted to Texas State Bar, Sept. 1962, Texas Bar No. 10739000

           Graduate, South Texas College of Law, 1963

           Assistant City Attorney, City of Houston, Dec. 1962 to Feb. 1964

           Texas State Representative, 1965-1969

           Committees, Aeronautics (Chairman), Judiciary, and Revenue & Taxation

           Board Certified in Civil Trial, Texas, 1987 to 2002

           Certified, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1988 to 2002

           Harvard School of Negotiation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 1995

           AA White Dispute Resolution School, University of Houston, Dec. 1995

TRIAL and MEDIATION EXPERIENCE:

           Tried and appealed cases in state and federal courts involving aviation, automobile, banking, construction, contracts, maritime, personal injury, products liability, premises liability, security, worker’s comp, and wrongful death, in Brazoria, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Leon, Liberty, Tarrant, Tyler, and Wharton counties.  Appellant or Appellee in Houston, First and Fourteenth Courts, Beaumont, El Paso, Texarkana, and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the Texas and   U. S. Supreme Court.  Practiced administrative law before the State Aeronautics, Banking, and Insurance Commissions.