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Eric  Johnson is a trial lawyer and principal of the Law Offices of Eric Brian Johnson providing legal services in the states of Washington, California, and Minnesota. He is rated 'superb' and 'excellent' in attorney performance and standards by the and the Martindale-Hubbell legal service directories. Mr. Johnson has tried over fifty criminal and civil cases to verdict.

Specialties:  Contract and commercial disputes; employment law; business and professional liability; general tort law emphasizing personal injury; products liability; recreation and sports accidents (e.g., personal watercraft; bicycle racing); construction law; property damage caused by fire, flooding, and earth movement; subrogation; government entity law; hospitality law; criminal defense; and appellate law. 

In recent cases, Mr. Johnson has prevailed in jury trials of 15, 21 and 8 days in duration. In another 8 cases, he has gained full or partial dismissals for his clients via motions for summary judgment or successfully defeated motions for judgment by opponents, e.g.:

1) Mapfre USA Corp v. Puget Sound Energy et. al., 2) Beaver v. Wright and Kawasaki Motors Corp, 3) Tennyson Homes, Inc. v. Northwest Siding & Prefinishing, Inc.,  

and has successfully defended  cases on appeal including Jaeger v. Cleaver Construction, Inc., 148 Wn.App. 698, 201 P.3d 1028 (2009) and Werner v. Moore, (Case No. 12-35875 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, December 3, 2013). 




Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 60%
    30 years
  2. Personal Injury: 15%
  3. Construction & Development: 10%
  4. Insurance: 5%
    30 years
  5. Other: 10%
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Law Offices of Eric Brian Johnson

801 Second Avenue, Suite 800
Seattle, WA, 98104


MNAuthorized to practice198507/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWSBA2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2012
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2011
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2010
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2009
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2008
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2007
The Air Force Commendation MedalUnited States Air Force (JAG)1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Eric Brian Johnson2001 - Present
Counsel to the FirmLane Powell1997 - 2001
AttorneyBerger Kahn1991 - 1997
AttorneyKinkle, Rodiger & Spriggs, PA1990 - 1991
Judge Advocate and Special Assistant U.S. AttorneyUnited States Air Force1986 - 1990
Judicial Law ClerkHennepin County District Court1985 - 1986
Law ClerkBriggs & Morgan1983 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Defense Trial LawyersN/A1998 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1990 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A1990 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationN/A1985 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jaeger v. Cleaver Construction, Inc.Favorable Verdict in 21 day jury trial
Clark v. AllawayPrevailed in 14 day jury trial
Aurdal v. Sprint; Huntingford dba Out R Way FarmObtained defense verdict in 10 day jury trial in Jefferson County Superior Court.
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Publication nameTitleDate
CLE in WAPrevention of Legal Malpractice Claims1999
Mealey's PublicationsFaces of Fraud: New Trends in Casualty/Liability Insurance1995
CLE in MNMunicipal Antitrust Liability1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesPolitical ScienceB.A.1978
University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesJournalismN/AN/A
St. Olaf CollegeN/AN/AN/A
Universite Jean Moulin Faculte de DroitLawN/AN/A
Cambridge CollegeLawN/AN/A