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Tom Royse Johnson

Workers compensation Attorney at Sacramento, CA

4.3   6 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 30 years
    Arizona - AZ 32 years
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1991
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

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I represent working people that are injured on the job. I believe everything should be explained thoroughly and in understandable terms. Getting injured on the job can be a scary and life-altering event. Getting your worker’s compensation benefits can be a complicated process to get through that requires excellent representation. Through my education and experience, I strive to make a difference in the lives of my clients by leveling the playing field against the powerful insurance companies who profit by denying benefits to injured people.

Tom R. Johnson

TOM R. JOHNSON, admitted to the bar 1991 Arizona; 1993 California; U.S. District Court of Arizona; Education: Arizona State University (B.A. in Psychology, 1987) McGeorge School of Law (J.D. 1991) California Real Estate Broker; Board Certified Worker's Compensation Specialist, AZ, 1997-2002; Adjunct Professor McGeorge School of Law 2001, California Applicants' Attorneys Association; Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association; The State Bar of Arizona; The State Bar of California;

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Tom R Johnson Attorney at Law
865 Howe Avenue Suite 205
Sacramento, CA, 95825


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Posted by Jessie | October 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable and helpful!
I came to Tom for help on my workers compensation claim. He filed a second claim, took the deposition of the doctor, hired a vocational expert, and we successfully settled my claim.
Posted by air751 | March 27, 2015
Tom Royse Johnson
I made a horrible mistake and DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT TOM, TILL IT WAS TOO LATE~!!!! Recently, Tom has spent MORE TIME on the phone with me, than my two previous attorneys, COMBINED~!!!! Just being helpful and answering questions I had, Awesome of him~!! They are PREVIOUS~!!! for OBVIOUS REASONS~!!!! I WISHED I'D OF KNOWN OF TOM FIRST~!!!! I wished I'd of known of Avvo, back then too, I didn't~!! Tom gets TWO THUMBS UP from Me~!!!
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Posted by Stephen | September 16, 2014
Committed Attorney = Satisfied Client (Thank you!)
In the time of need Tom stepped in and took care of all the legal aspects. His knowledge, professionalism, and overall thoughtfulness assured me that he was the right attorney. Tom kept me informed, made himself available and actually cared (it showed). If ever needed, I would not hesitate contacting Tom Johnson again. Many thanks to him and his staff!
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Posted by Richard | September 15, 2014
From a Very Appreciative Client
Tom took time to help me when I was having issues with my employment.. he Stopped what he was doing and wrote a letter to my management that helped me greatly. It was a very stressful time.. but he helped me with it in a personal and professional way. I highly recommend this attorney and If I have any legal issues in the future, he will be my first call..
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2011
Thanks for your great work.
I knew you would do it. This will make a great difference in my life. You're a good attorney! Thanks.
Posted by Richard | May 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tom Johnson represented me very poorly.
At first not knowing anything about work comp and all it entailed Tom appeared to be knowledgeable and capable. Through the process he dropped the ball several times including giving me wrong information about my rights as a claimant. Simple questions that he didn't know the answer to, for example, work comp wants me to go to work at good will but I still am in pain, I ask Tom, Do I have to do this? Tom reply's with a I'm not sure but if there telling you to do this you better do it. Knowing what I know now this infuriates me. I was in pain and they were pushing me back to work. Soon after Tom was supposed to do something for picking an independent doctor for court but missed the date and the work comp received there choice physician. Tom simply shrugged his shoulders and said well. The numbers he kept giving me about case worthiness were really low. I was scared that with Tom's carefree attitude and the incompetents shown I was going to walk away with nothing so I decided to settle. They made an offer in court, Tom had said he thought it was a good offer because it was what he asked for at an earlier date. I told him that it should be more because there were injuries that had not yet been addressed or looked at and that offer was before any MRI's had come back. Tom responds with, well that's true. After settling at about 50% of what I found out my claim was worth. I still have major injuries and cannot return to my job almost two years later. Tom and his staff after settling disappeared, I still had to communicate to work comp through Tom and it took weeks and eventually months to receive, all of the settlement. His staff became rude when I was overly frustrated that after they were paid they stopped helping me even though he was still my legal counsel. One other thing I found concerning was how buddy buddy Tom was with the opposing attorney. I understand the need to be professional and courteous but it was something that caught my ear one day after they had thought I left the office. I am angry but not spiteful, you live and you learn. I am still in a lot of pain and just wish I had made a better decision. It is was my decision to settle, I just wished I had better counsel to make a better decision. Knowing what I know now I would have never settled. I am still in lots of pain needing multiple surgeries and cannot return to my job. I have to say from the bottom of my heart that Tom Johnson did not represent me well and I would not recommend Tom to anyone.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • partner
  • Anderson & Johnson LLP
  • 1998 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of The Pacific McGeorge School Of Law
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Chris T. Johnson PC
  • 1991 - 1998


  • McGeorge School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Arizona State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • Hayworth v. KCI Holdings USA, Inc., 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 234
  • remand
  • Robertson vs. Mountain Peoples Warehouse
  • favorable
  • Robertson v. WCAB (2003) 112 Cal. App. 4th 893
  • Vocational rights were successfully defended
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  • Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association chapter
  • Secretary
  • 2003 - 2003
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorneys in Sacramento Worker's Compensation Law
  • Sacramento Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyers Worker's Compensation Law
  • Sacramento Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyers Worker's Compensation Law
  • Sacramento Magazine
  • 2016
  • Member
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Member
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Certified Specialist - Workers' Compensation Law
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 2002
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1991
  • Certificate
  • California International Business and Commercial Law
  • 1989
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  • Sacramento Bee
  • Workers Compensation Law
  • 2012
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association (CAAA)
  • The Major Differences in Worker's Compensation Law Between California and Arizona
  • 2003
  • Workers' Compensation Law and Practice
  • Workers' Compensation Law and Practice
  • 2001

Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar
  • Workers Compensation
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (5)
Endorse Tom
Workers compensation Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom and I have worked on several cases together. Our most recent was a "writ denied" trial victory involving lifetime benefits to the disabled surviving dependent of an employee alleged to have been killed in a work-related MVA. Tom proved himself an excellent litigator, an able (and successful) appellate writer, a calm negotiator and a very hard worker. He will be a asset anywhere."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom mentored me when I first became a Workers' Compensation attorney. He is knowledgeable, competent, and professional. He has an amazing comprehension of medical and legal issues. He provides excellent support to clients and is trusted and respected by judges and colleagues in the legal community. I strongly recommend him to clients that need representation in California."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Tom is an excellent attorney with over 20 years of experience to assist an injured worker obtain and maximize the workers compensation benefits they are legally entitled to."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse Tom Johnson for both worker's compensation and for serious personal injury cases. Tom is a hard working, detailed minded and vigorous advocate for all of his clients and he never fails to obtain maximum compensation for his clients. His legal acumen is recognized by both his professional colleagues and his opposing counsel and his clients unfailingly receive both personal and attentive care."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked on numerous cases where I represented the personal injury side of the case and Mr. Johnson represented the workers' compensation side. He is detailed, thorough and is an excellent advocate for his clients."
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Sacramento Workers compensation Lawyer Tom Royse Johnson
Tom Royse Johnson
Workers compensation Attorney
Sacramento, CA
Licensed for 32 years