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Chalmers Carey Johnson

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Chalmers Johnson has extensive trial experience in South Carolina and Western Washington. He has tried over 90 cases to verdict before juries. He focuses on people who have been injured. In one Kitsap County case in which his client was injured in a fall, he won a verdict in excess of $250,000. He also has extensive experience in civil rights and employment law. He is a fierce advocate for the rights of employees and he enjoys working with businesses concerned about complying with employment laws.


An experienced appellate attorney, he has argued before appeals courts in South Carolina and federal appeals panels for the Fourth Circuit in Virginia more than 30 times. He has argued before the SC Supreme Court on eleven occasions.


He began his career in South Carolina in 1995 clerking for a personal injury attorney. He soon focused on civil rights and employment law and then opened his own law firm in 2000, Chalmers Johnson Law Firm, LLC, with two offices, and several lawyers, serving all counties in South Carolina. They focused on employment law/ civil rights cases and Chalmers soon began to represent clients in state and federal appeals courts. In 2007 he sold his practice in South Carolina and moved to Washington State where he continues his appellate practice and has returned his focus to personal injury. He retains his old love for civil rights and employment law, however.


Chalmers is an experienced and zealous litigator who really enjoys being a trial lawyer. He lives in Port Orchard on the water and kayaks three times a week and hikes as often as he can. He also enjoys the firm’s participation in the Reindeer Run each year.


Bar Admissions

State of South Carolina, 1996

U.S. District Court, South Carolina Division 1997

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit 1999

Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2003

State of Washington, 2008

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, 2010


University of South Carolina, School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina
J.D. – 1996

Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina
B.A. – 1993, cum laude
Major: Political science, Minor: sociology

Employment History

2013 – Current

Private Practice, Of Counsel with GSJones Law Group, P.S., Port Orchard, WA

-          Personal injury, Litigation, Civil Rights, Employment Law, Appellate Practice


J. Michael Koch & Assoc., Silverdale, WA

-          Personal Injury, Litigation, Employment Law, Appellate Practice


Vail, Cross & Associates, P.A., Tacoma, WA
-          Personal injury, Litigation


West Corporation, Bar-Bri, Seattle, WA
-          Staff Counsel for Bar-Bri Washington State Bar preparation


Chalmers Johnson Law Firm, LLC
-          Owner, Employment law, Litigation, Appellate practice


Law Firm of Steven Wukela, Jr., Florence, SC
-          Personal Injury, Litigation, Employment Law, Appellate Practice


Walter Brooks Law Firm, Columbia, SC
-          Paralegal/clerk – Personal Injury


Languages spoken: English, French

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 60%
    20 years
  2. Employment: 30%
    20 years
  3. Civil Rights: 10%
    20 years



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Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    I endorse this lawyer. He knows the law, and he is tenacious and efficient. Having worked for him as an employee and known him as a colleague, I trust him implicitly. He has a friendly, level-headed, approachable personality that facilitates an excellent rapport with his clients. He works very effectively with his adversaries and the courts in striving to accomplish the goals of his clients.


    John Myers Consumer protection Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Crystal Jo McDonald

    Chalmers is an excellent lawyer. I have seen him do great work in civil rights, employment law, and complex litigation.


    Crystal McDonald Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

GSJones Law Group, P.S.

1155 Bethel Ave.
Port Orchard, WA, 98366


SCGood Standing199603/07/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Pro Bono AwardSouth Carolina Bar1998
J. Woodrow Lewis Appellate Advocacy AwardMoot Court Bar, USC School of Law1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselGSJones Law Group, P.S.2013 - Present
Senior Litigation AttorneyLaw Offices Of J.Michael Koch & Associates2010 - Present
Litigation Attorney, Personal InjuryVail, Cross & Associates2008 - 2009
Staff CounselBar-Bri for Washington2008 - 2008
Owner, Senior LitigatorChalmers Johnson Law Firm, LLC2000 - 2007
Litigation AttorneyLaw Firm of Steven Wukela, Jr.1996 - 2000
Law ClerkWalter J. Brooks, Attorney at Law1995 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyConsulting attorney1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hurley v. SafewayPlaintiff Verdict
Thompson v. Associated Petroleum ProductsVerdict for the Plaintiff $280,000.00
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Publication nameTitleDate
North Myrtle Beach TimesAttorney files EEOC complaint, Fights unemployment denial on behalf of Chief of Police2006
Lawyers WeeklyWorker Could Get Trial on Emotional Distress Claims Over Vulgar Comments2005
Lawyers WeeklyVerdict Vacated in Handbook Based Race Discrimination Case2004
Lawyers Weekly"High Court Reinstates Verdict in Constructive Discharge case: Handbook created jury question for at-will status"2003
Lawyers Weekly"Town's Personnel Manual Might Have Required Firing For Cause"2003
The Post and CourierEx-dockworker's union official files lawsuit2003
The Chronicle, South Carolina's Best African American NewspaperBlack Homeowners Feel the Pain, Lack of Compensation in Bridge Construction Project2003
The Post and CourierUprooted Man Files Suit Over Bridge Project2003
Florence Morning NewsFormer Central Park manager sues over firing: claims firing was for refusing to end a lesbian relationship"2002
The GazetteLawsuit filed against Berkley County Jail2002
The Sun NewsNorth Myrtle Beach Detective Files Suit : Alleges termination in violation of the First Amendment for discussing unionizing the police department2001
Florence Morning News"Local Gay Man sues Wal-Mart, Alleges harassment, physical abuse"2000
Florence Morning News"Officer files suit against Florence: Woman claims discrimination"1998
Florence Morning News"Civic Center Sex Suit"1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Winthrop UniversityPolitical Science and SociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Porter-Gaud SchoolN/AN/A1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Employment Law class - Guest SpeakerEmployment law and Civil Rights - the Plaintiff's Perspective2002
National Multiple Sclerosis Society regional meetingEmployment law - The Americans with Disabilities Act and Multiple Sclerosis1999
Florence Darlington Tech Paralegal ProgramEmployment law - Job opportunities for Paralegals1999
South Carolina Bar Association Annual MeetingPro Bono criminal and family law1998