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Michael Johnson is a litigator with more than 20 years experience in representing plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving personal injury, family law, and criminal defense. He is a former legal educator, having taught a wide variety of legal subjects including civil and criminal proceedure, litigation, and trial practice strategies.
Evening and weekend appointments available.
Located in beautiful, downtown Spirit Lake, Iowa
Across from the courthouse.
For more than a decade our firm has been providing legal services to clients in Northwest Iowa and around the country. We are committed to providing our clients personal attension and aggresive representation.
Our firm provides a variety of legal services to a diverse and constantly expanding clientele.
MICHAEL H. JOHNSON - ATTORNEY
Owner, Johnson Law Firm
Partner, Stoller and Johnson
Associate, Cook and Gotsdiner
Member, Iowa State Bar Association and Dickinson County Bar Association, ISBA Criminal Law Section Member. Licensed to practice before all Iowa State Courts.
LEGAL EDUCATOR EXPERIENCE
Program Director and Professor - Iowa Lakes Community College Paralegal Program
Adjunct Professor - Buena Vista University Lake and Prairies Center, Legal Studies Program
Instructor - Des Moines Area Community College Legal Assistant Program
OTHER LEGAL EMPLOYMENT
Consultant - Johnson Appellate Consulting
Summer Associate - Asbill and Junkin Law Offices, Washington, D.C.
Law Clerk - Wagener and Day Law Offices, Ankeny, Iowa
Legal Correspondent - Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Judicial Clerkship - United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
Investigator - Public Defender Service, Washington, D.C.
Legislative Intern - Iowa House of Representatives
Rendered expert opinion in Langdeaux v. State, regarding ineffective assistance of counsel with respect to legal advice concerning Iowa’s Felony Murder Rule
Past Member of the Board of Directors for the American Mock Trial Association
Appointed National Publicity Director, American Mock Trial Association
Past Chairman, National Committee on Two-Year Schools, American Mock Trial Association.
Elected to Board of Directors, Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum, Served as Treasurer and President
Presenter, Lawyers Chautauqua continuing legal education seminar, Appellate Oral Argument
Certified Instructor, American Academy of ADR Attorneys
Chief Contract Negotiator, Iowa Lakes Community College Education Association
Speaker, American Association for Paralegal Education, North Central Regional Conference: Teaching Critical Thinking.
Co-chairman, American Association for Paralegal Education, Midwest Regional Conference, 1995.
Member, Family Law Syllabus Task Force, American Association For Paralegal Education, 1993-1994.
Member, National Policy and Planning Committee, American Association for Paralegal Education, 1992-1995.
Member, Educational Committee, American Association For Paralegal Education, 1990-1991.
Speaker, American Association for Paralegal Education, Midwest Conference: Litigation Preparation, 1988.
Recipient of the Congressman Neil Smith Award recognizing outstanding and exemplary contributions to law-related education in America
Accepted Phoenix Award on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum.
Award of Merit for outstanding contribution to Iowa Lakes Community College.
Coach for the Mock Trial Program at Buena Vista University. Midwest Regional Mock Trial Champions, 1999. Third Place, 1999 National Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament.
Coach for the Mock Trial Program at Iowa Lakes Community College: National Jr. College Champions - 1991, 1993 and 1994. Third Place, 1992 National Tournament - University Division. Seventh Place, 1998 National Tournament - University Division, Midwest Regional Champions 1996.
Coach for the Mock Trial Program at Des Moines Area Community College: National Jr. College Champions, 1989.
Recipient of Drake University Law School’s Student Bar Association Presidential Award
Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
PUBLICATIONS AND COPYRIGHTS
M. Johnson, Torts and Litigation, copyright 1992, (Private Educational Publication)
M. Johnson, Domestic Relations, copyright 1991. (Private Educational Publication)
M. Johnson, Introduction To Law, copyright 1990. (Private Educational Publication)
Remington and Johnson, Some Practical Thoughts on Teaching Critical Thinking (Paralegal Educator June 1996).
Iowa Paralegal Competency Examination, copyright 1995.
Book review for West Publishing Company - McCord, Criminal Law (1994).
Book review for Little Brown and Company - Author unknown, Family Law For The Paralegal (1994).
Book review for West Publishing Company - Blanchard, Litigation and Trial Practice for the Legal Assistant (1990).
Book review for Prentice Hall - Calvi, American Law and Legal Systems (1989).
JENELL M. JOHNSON - PARALEGAL
Paralegal, Johnson Law Firm
Paralegal, Stoller and Johnson
Paralegal, Sandy Law Firm
Member, Iowa Association of Legal Assistants
LEGAL EDUCATOR EXPERIENCE
Adjunct Professor, Iowa Lakes Community College Paralegal Program
Past Member of the Board of Directors - Iowa Association of Legal Assistants
Community Volunteer - Voluntary Action Committee
Successfully passed the voluntary Iowa Paralegal Competency Examination sponsored by ILCC
Championship Finals, National Intercolliegiate Mock Trial Tournament 1999
American Mock Trial Association All American Attorney 1999
American Mock Trial Association All Region Attorney 1997, 1998, 1999
Buena Vista University Award for Accademic Achievement
Assistant Coach for the Mock Trial Program at Iowa Lakes Community College: National Jr. College Champions - 1993 and 1994
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