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Michael Alan Johnson

About me

I have been a practicing criminal defense attorney since 1982. I am also licensed in Minnesota. I have hadled cases in both State and Federal Courts in, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Texas, as well as a miitary court in Alabama. I have represented numerous individuals charged with capital offenses over the years and have been active in the N.A.C.D.L. since 1980. I offer free consultations and make myself available 7 days a week. In addition I am of counsel at Halunen & Associates in Minneapolis,  Mn, which specializes in Employment Discrimination cases as well as nationwide class action cases. I have an enormous respect for our brave men and women who served our country and extend a reduced rate for all members of the military and their families.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
  2. Employment: 20%
  3. Class Action: 10%
  4. Civil Rights: 10%



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  • William H. Ransom

    I have worked with Michael Johnson on numerous matter over many years and know him to be a smart, energetic and insightful attorney, who works tirelessly for this clients. I wholeheartedly endorse him.


    William Ransom Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Raphael Dominik Strzelecki

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Johnson is a hard working and knowledgeable attorney. He fights hard for his clients and is not afraid to proceed to trial. He has built a reputation as a tough trial lawyer and is a credit to the profession.


    Raphael Strzelecki Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Michael A. Johnson and Associates

415 North La Salle Drive
Suite 502
Chicago, IL, 60654

Michael A. Johnson and Associates

80 South 8th Street Ste. 1650
IDS Center
Minneapolis, MN, 55402



MNAuthorized to practice199507/15/2016
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198205/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2016
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2014
MemberNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyHalunen & Associates1995 - Present
OwnerMichael A. Johnson and Associates1982 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1997 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Federal Trial BarMember1988 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1982 - Present
Capital Litigation BarMember2002 - 2013
Illinois Association of Criminal DefenseMember1988 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
US v. LawrenceNot Guilty, Jury Verdict
u.s. v. Reynot guilty, jury verdict
Hagen v. S.O.H.Settled in excess of $10,000,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
USCCAConceal and Carry2014
IRAThe 4th Amendment and you2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of IllinoisCriminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New gun laws in Illinoisconceal and carry in Illinois2014