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Rod Johnson

Litigation Attorney at Livonia, MI

4.6   20 reviews

also known as RL Johnson

  • Licensed for 16 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2008
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Rod

Learn Rod’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    We assist clients who are seeking visas as well as clients seeking permanent residence cards or "green cards," and non-immigrants, persons seeking temporary entry to the U.S. to work or study. We also represent clients in immigration court who are facing removal or deportation.

    16 years, 60 cases

  2. Litigation
    We specialize in the litigation process and understand all of the ins and outs of the courtroom. We can also help you decide whether your case is appropriate for a lawsuit, or if it might be better handled through the mediation or arbitration process. We will research the facts that caused the dispute, and analyze them to identify the appropriate law and how it applies to your specific legal needs. We have a track record of success in: Immigration, Debt Collection, Bankruptcy, and Consumer Law

    16 years, 150 cases

  3. Family
    Successfully litigate divorce, separation, property settlements, alimony, spousal abuse, adoption, child abuse, child support, child custody, and juvenile delinquency. If you need help with a family-related legal issue, we can advise in family disputes as well as represent you in lawsuits

    16 years, 300 cases

Drawing onnearly 20 of experience, Rod is committed to helping families, smallbusinesses, and nonprofit corporations succeed by providing the best possiblelegal services in a timely manner and with the greatest possible attention tothe details that support client success and satisfaction.  Rod has been acknowledged fordelivering win-win outcomes in corporate litigation matters.  He has a history of successfully negotiatingsettlements based upon sound and resourceful pretrial strategies, and winning dismissalsin state and federal courts and before administrative agencies.  Rod’s thorough knowledge of courts,nonprofit corporations, and closely held businesses arises from nearly 20 yearsof successful leadership and service, including the Michigan Supreme Court andmultimillion-dollar corporations where he earned a reputation for employingclient retention strategies that build loyalty and enhance attorney-clientrelationships.


Rod was bornand raised in Detroit, Michigan where he graduated from Thomas M. Cooley HighSchool.  After high school Rodserved three (3) tours of duty in the United States Marines, where hevolunteered for several special assignments and received numerous decorationsand honors. 


After his militaryservice Rod returned to Detroit where he completed a bachelor’s degree incriminal justice/psychology at Wayne State University.  Prior to that, Rod majored in AsianStudies at the University of Maryland’s Asian Division, where became proficientin several languages.  Rod did hisgraduate studies at the University of Toledo and earned a law degree fromThomas M. Cooley Law School.  Rodis also a graduate of the Midwest Academy, a leading national traininginstitute that advances movements for social change by teaching a strategic,rigorous, results-oriented approach to social action and organizationbuilding.  Further, Rod isRegistered Securities Representative with FINRA (formerly NASD) as well as alicensed Financial Services Professional and Investment Advisor.


Rod bringsnearly two-dozen years of dynamic and progressively more expansive managementexperience, which includes successfully leading hundreds of mission stafftoward organizational objectives. Rod has spent well over a dozen years of his professional career in theservice of underserved, delinquent, abused, and neglected children whom hecontinues to serve as an Attorney and a community volunteer.


In additionto successfully managing several human service programs, most recently, Rod servedas a technical consultant to the Michigan Department of Community Health andhas directed the development, maintenance,  and enhancement of relationships with local, state, andfederal law and policymakers on behalf of the School-Community Health Allianceof Michigan, a statewide membership organization committed to ensuring that allof Michigan’s children have access to affordable and comprehensive primaryhealthcare.  

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Law Offices of RL Johnson PLLC
39111 West Six Mile Road
Livonia, MI, 48152

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4.6 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
Posted by Larry | December 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart, Honest and Trustworthy
Rod really worked hard and effectively to my benefit in a legal argument that involved us vs. a big time insurance company and a shady business. You want Rod working for you!
Posted by Larry | December 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
R. L. Johnson Attourney
Mr. Johnson Was very personable, professional, trustworthy, transparent and really made me comfortable through the whole process of his services. He went above and beyond my expectations. I wouldn’t hesitate to hire his services in any situation.
Posted by Helen | January 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
immigration case
Mr Johnson was very outstanding with my case he did every thing possible he could to get the honest outcome I would not hesitate to recommend him to any one he a great attorney
Posted by Kristy | January 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and Extremely Professional Attorney
I unfortunately fell upon some hard times and was unable to pay my credit card debt and a judgment was filed against me. I needed to seek legal counsel and upon several phone calls to multiple attorneys, I felt Mr. Johnson would be the best fit for me. Not only was Mr. John professional, he was also very informative and understanding. He was able to help me setup a payment plan that I would be able to make each month with no interest until I met 50% of the total balance I owed. I would highly recommend Mr. Johnson and would most definitely use him again in the future if needed! He does not come off as your stereotypical attorney just looking to make as much money as possible, he treated me with respect and not once did I feel like I was just a pay check to him as with many attorneys. Thank you very much Mr. Johnson it was a pleasure working with you!
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Posted by Shaheeda | June 29, 2015
Visitation/child support
This man knows how the system works. He went to bat for me with Wayne county friend of the court. Yes he is laid back, you don't need to be loud and belligerent to get the point across that you mean business. He is very well respected in the courtroom. I would definitely use him again.
Posted by Anthony | June 1, 2014
he gets it done
my wife and I went through a a bankruptcy in December and we have to say that Rod Johnson is exceptionally knowledgeable and at what he does. during this emotional process Mr Johnson made us feel comfortable and at ease. He handled everything from start to finish. He answered all questions that we had ( belive me we had a lot). I have and would recommend Mr Johnson to anybody who is considering going through this process its not a process to go through alone and Mr Johnson will be there every step of the way.
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Posted by Missie | October 24, 2013
A Great Winning Attorney
If you want to win, Call Ron. He took our case serious. He told us what to expect and went to back for our family every step of the way. In the beginning we had an court appointed attorney and things were going downhill fast. We knew we needed professional representation and hired Mr. Johnson. He turned our case around, pulled my family together, and won against Dept of State. I highly recommend this Attorney.
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Posted by Kendall | October 13, 2013
Very impressive and leaves an impression. I am very satisfied with the legal services I received from Mr. Johnson, he consistently exceeded my expectations. Highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2013
satisfied divorce client
Answered any questions I had quickly and in a way I could understand. He also made it easy for me to complete paperwork and make payments without having to make the trip out to his office. Convenient.
Posted by Jan | October 3, 2013
Reliable Support
I have been represented by Rod Johnson over immigration and divorce related issues and am very satisfied with his knowledgeable recommendations, his attention to discuss and address any possible concern or question I had. The outcome of his work was wonderful and we were able to reach my legal goals.
Posted by cindy | September 30, 2013
no bones
he is a very nice man. he listens to what you want and tells you up front what he can do for you. he does not throw bones at you to get you to hire him.( meaning he does not give you false hopes for what you need). i had lawyers in the past tell me that they could do something just to find out it was not going to happen.when i had to move out of state he made arrangements so i could do court over the phone. i still contact him about the case he had handle for me in the past and he gets back to me in a timely manner. i would defiantly recommend him .
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Posted by Jill | September 30, 2013
Rod Johnson is an excellent attorney!
I highly recommend Rod! He is thorough and looks out for his clients best interests! I trust him and his ability to do his best work best on my behalf!
Posted by Carl | September 28, 2013
My experience
Mr. Rod Johnson is a consummate professional. I spoke at length with several attorneys before deciding to engage his services. During our first meeting I realized I had made the right choice. I was impressed with his skills and knowledge. My issue required someone with the ability to navigate the confusing legal system. I simply followed his lead through the entire process and was rewarded with a very positive conclusion. I have been proud to recommend Mr. Johnson to friends and family.
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Posted by T. Smith-Dean | September 27, 2013
I retained Rod Johnson for my divorce
I initially contacted Rod Johnson a year prior to me retaining him as my divorce attorney. During my initial contact I was quoted a fee for his legal services. A year later I contacted him again and he honored the initial fee he quoted. I was extremely elated. When I met with him at his office in Livonia he was extremely thorough and wanted to ensure I was ready to embark on this journey. Rod Johnson explained the entire "Divorce Process" so that I could clearly understand what I, my children as well as my ex husband could expect. During the actual Divorce Proceedings before, during and after our appearance in court Mr. Johnson represented me well. In addition, he asked if I wanted him to inform my ex husband of some legalities regarding our divorce. I actually did not have a problem with that. This action speaks volumes about his character; although my ex husband had not retained is own attorney, Mr. Johnson wanted us both to completely understand. I would definitely recommend Rod Johnson as an attorney!
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Posted by Bryan | September 27, 2013
He very informative gave me all the documentation and assistance that I need it for my case I would recommend them to anybody
Posted by Cindy | September 27, 2013
totally satisfied
Mr. Johnson handled my divorce. During my first conversation with him, he said "I can tell you exactly what it will cost", and he was true to his word. He was very reasonable, professional and always returned my calls. He made this as stress free as possible.
Posted by Mariah | October 10, 2011
ms no dreamer
He has handle two cases for me. Each one of them turn out ok. He was concerned and showed the ablity to think outside the box. He is great on due dilagence and keeping in touch with clients by phone and mail.
Posted by Godfrey , Satisfied Client | November 18, 2013
Outstanding Legal and Business knowledge
Mr.Rod Johnson , is a remarkable attorney with outstanding commercial law and business knowledge. Rod, did not only expeditiously arrange the registration of my business entity, but spent time to brief me on the pros and cons of each type of entity as well as offering detailed business start-up advice, covering Accounting, Website vendors , Social Media ( all the tricks of the trade) etc. Thank you , Mr. Johnson.
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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
No Backbone
If you're dealing with a normal person in a divorce/custody battle then he should be fine. Too laid back, unwilling to fight for me and ultimately no showed a hearing that he agreed to reschedule with opposing counsel at the last second. He caused me a lot stress and financial hardship.
Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2011
Knows procedures but NOT tough & forceful
Mr Johnson represented me in a divorce matter, he was not forceful enough, he gave no supportive insights or ideas, which are helpful in such a dire confusing situation. He did not give the impression that he was really fighting for the client. He was pretty good at the procedures & Knowledge - 4 STARS Practical application of knowledge to compromise the other side + (he was so laid back on attack) - 1 STAR Forcefulness + Responsiveness- 1 STAR Honesty - - 4 STARS Will I use him again ? Yes, for procedure non-combative work, otherwise, I will go out and find a bulldog of a lawyer. Nice Guy , friendly , but not made for the tough world of Divorce litigation.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.0 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of RL Johnson
  • 2008 - Present
  • Deputy Director, Child Welfare Services Division
  • Michigan Supreme Court
  • 1997 - 2004


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of Toledo
  • MA - Masters
  • 1996
  • Wayne State University
  • Undergraduate
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v Mickens
  • Our client received a unanimous jury verdict acquitting him of all charges.
  • New Resurrection, et al v ULA et al
  • The court found in favor of our clients and awarded them over $400,000 on their claims for refunds and damages.
  • In the Matter of A. D. DAVIS, Minor
  • The Court of Appeals reversed and restored our client’s parental rights having found that the trial court clearly erred in terminating respondent’s parental rights.
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  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Member Attorney Network
  • 2008 - Present
  • Expert Attorney
  • 2008 - Present
  • Resolution Service Center
  • Past Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2010 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • Thai


  • Children's Charter of The Courts of Michigan
  • Guidelines For Achieving Permanency In Child Protective Proceedings
  • 2003
  • Michigan Judicial Institute
  • The Lawyer Guardian Ad Litem Protocol
  • 2003
  • Michigan State Court Administrative Office
  • The Michigan Foster Care Review Board's Study On Court-Appointed Attorney Compensation
  • 2000

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (3)
Endorse Rod
Unknown Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rod's issue spotting, research and writing skills are as good as it gets. He is a fighter - literally as he was a Drill Instructor for the United States Marine Corp; better than that Rod knows when to fight and when to employ other tactics such patience, logic or just hearing out the other side."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Lawsuits and disputes
Lawsuits and disputes
Livonia Litigation Lawyer Rod Johnson
Rod Johnson
Litigation Attorney
Livonia, MI
Licensed for 16 years