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Adam L. Johnson is a partner in the firm's Orange County office. He is a member of the firm’s litigation, employment, insurance, and academic institutions practice groups.


Mr. Johnson represents employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in discharge, discrimination, wage and hour, and other employment-related matters. He advises employers on employment laws, employee discipline, personnel policies and handbooks, employment agreements, and resolution of employment disputes. He regularly represents schools, colleges and universities on faculty, staff, and student matters. He also has experience in general civil litigation, insurance coverage, credit reporting, professional liability, products liability, and complex business litigation.


Mr. Johnson attended law school on a Dean’s Merit Scholarship, and was an Associate Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review.  He writes regularly for the firm's Insurance Notes newsletter. He is actively involved in the Orange County Bar Association, and has served on several OCBA committees, including the Community Outreach Committee.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 70%
    22 years
  2. Insurance: 10%
    22 years
  3. Education: 10%
    12 years
  4. Employment: 10%
    12 years

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Musick Peeler & Garrett

650 Town Center Drive Suite 1200
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626-7166


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of AppreciationOrange County Bar Association2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMusick Peeler & Garrett2004 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
OCBA Community Outreach CommitteeCo-Chair and/or Member2013 - 2016
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice2007 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice2006 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember2004 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Insurance Law SectionMember2000 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice1996 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAdmitted to Practice1996 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice1994 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Leal v. Chapman ChevroletJudgment for Defendant. Fees awarded to Defendant.
Lomes v. Hartford FinancialJudgment for Defendant.
Christofferson v. Soka UniversitySummary Judgment for Defendant.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Pomona College (Claremont)PhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1989