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


Rod was born
and raised in Detroit, Michigan where he graduated from Thomas M. Cooley High
School.  After high school Rod
served three (3) tours of duty in the United States Marines, where he
volunteered for several special assignments and received numerous decorations
and honors. 


After his military
service Rod returned to Detroit where he completed a bachelor’s degree in
criminal justice/psychology at Wayne State University.  Prior to that, Rod majored in Asian
Studies at the University of Maryland’s Asian Division, where became proficient
in several languages.  Rod did his
graduate studies at the University of Toledo and earned a law degree from
Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  Rod
is also a graduate of the Midwest Academy, a leading national training
institute that advances movements for social change by teaching a strategic,
rigorous, results-oriented approach to social action and organization
building.  Further, Rod is
Registered Securities Representative with FINRA (formerly NASD) as well as a
licensed Financial Services Professional and Investment Advisor.


Rod brings
nearly two-dozen years of dynamic and progressively more expansive management
experience, which includes successfully leading hundreds of mission staff
toward organizational objectives. 
Rod has spent well over a dozen years of his professional career in the
service of underserved, delinquent, abused, and neglected children whom he
continues to serve as an Attorney and a community volunteer.


In addition
to successfully managing several human service programs, most recently, Rod served
as a technical consultant to the Michigan Department of Community Health and
has directed the development, maintenance,  and enhancement of relationships with local, state, and
federal law and policymakers on behalf of the School-Community Health Alliance
of Michigan, a statewide membership organization committed to ensuring that all
of Michigan’s children have access to affordable and comprehensive primary


Languages spoken: Thai

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 35%
    8 years, 60 cases
  2. Litigation: 35%
    8 years, 150 cases
  3. Family: 30%
    8 years, 300 cases



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    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.


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Contact info

Law Offices of RL Johnson PLLC

39111 West Six Mile Road
Livonia, MI, 48152


MIActive And In Good Standing200808/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of RL Johnson2008 - Present
Deputy Director, Child Welfare Services DivisionMichigan Supreme Court1997 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Detroit Metropolitan Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
U.S. District Court, Western District of MichiganMember2009 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember2008 - Present
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of MichiganMember2008 - Present
LawGuru.comMember Attorney Network2008 - Present
JustAnswer.comExpert Attorney2008 - Present
Resolution Service CenterPast Secretary/Treasurer2010 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v MickensOur client received a unanimous jury verdict acquitting him of all charges.
New Resurrection, et al v ULA et alThe 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, MinorThe 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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Publication nameTitleDate
Children's Charter of The Courts of MichiganGuidelines For Achieving Permanency In Child Protective Proceedings2003
Michigan Judicial InstituteThe Lawyer Guardian Ad Litem Protocol2003
Michigan State Court Administrative OfficeThe Michigan Foster Care Review Board's Study On Court-Appointed Attorney Compensation2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of ToledoPhilosophyMA - Masters1996
Wayne State UniversityCriminal Justice/PsychologyUndergraduate1989