Lynn Johnson

Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman
2600 Grand Blvd.
Suite 550
Kansas City, MO 64108
816-474-0004
www.sjblaw.com


Lynn R. Johnson, a member and partner in the firm since 1970, is nationally recognized as a trial lawyer and for his lifelong devotion to the protection of individual rights and the enforcement of individual and corporate responsibility. As a trial lawyer, he has devoted his career to representing individual by fighting for their right to safe products, safe health care, and safe lives through the civil justice system.

Raised on the family farm in western Kansas, Lynn learned the importance of individual responsibility. He learned early on to be responsible and to take responsibility for his own conduct. If something that he did had an impact on someone else, he took responsibility for it. That basic concept directly related to Lynn's work as a trial lawyer protecting the rights of individual consumers when they are injured by the irresponsible conduct of others.

Lynn's work for individual consumers has led to responsibilities and opportunities outside the firm, too. He was elected by Kansas attorneys in 1993 to chair the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission. When vacancies occur on the Kansas Supreme Court or the Kansas Court of Appeals, the governor must choose the next justice or judge from three nominees chosen by the nominating commission.

Lynn is listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 1987. His work has been further recognized by fellowships in the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers, American College of Trial Lawyers, The Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. A complete list of his professional activities is listed on the back.

Lynn's formal education - which began in a one-room schoolhouse - led to an undergraduate degree from Kansas State University and a juris Doctorate with honors from Washburn University School of Law. He is a life member of the alumni associations of both universities. He is currently serving as president of the Washburn Law School Association. Lynn enjoys basketball, biking, golf, tennis, skiing and scuba diving. He is married to Jacqueline Lovelace; they have one son, William Randolph (Randy) Lovelace Johnson.

Lynn and his brother and sister still own the family farm.

Education

Kansas State University, B.S. in Accounting, June 1967

Washburn University School of Law, J.D. with Honors, June 1970

Professional Activities

Washburn Law School Association, Life Member
       
  • Board of Governors 1987-1998
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  • President 1994-1996
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  • President-Elect 1992-1994
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  • Vice President 1990-1992

American Bar Association

Johnson County Bar Association

Wyandotte County Bar Association

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Missouri Bar Association

Missouri Association for Justice

Kansas Bar Association
       
  • Board of Governors, 1995-1998 Board of Governors, District 1, 1995-1998
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  • Board of Editors, Journal of the KBA, 1977-1988
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  • Legislative Committee, 1986, 1988-1994
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  • Litigation Section Chairman, 1982-1983
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  • Nominating Committee, 1985-1988

Kansas Association for Justice
       
  • Board of Governors, 1975-1995 Crown Center Seminar Chairman, 1973-1977
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  • Education Committee, 1994-1995
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  • President-Elect, 1977-1978
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  • President, 1978-1979
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  • Legacy of Justice Foundation Board of Trustees, 2002-
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  • Treasurer, 2002-2006
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  • Chairperson, 2006-2007

American Association for Justice
       
  • Board of Governors, 1987-1991
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  • American Inns of Court Committee Chairman, 1988-1991
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  • Amicus Curiae Committee, 1991-1993
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  • Committee on Courts, 1994-1995
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  • Ethical Conduct Committee, 1989-1992; Chairman, 1991-1992
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  • Federal Rules, Jurisdiction and Venue Committee
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  • Co-Chair, 1989-1990; Member, 1990-1994
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  • Public Relations Committee, 1992-1994

Best Lawyers in America 2nd Edition 1987, 3rd Edition 1990, 4th Edition 1991-1992, 5th Edition 1993-1994, 6th Edition 1995-1996

International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

American Board of Trial Advocates

Inner Circle of Trial Advocates

Chair, Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission; July 1, 1993- June 30, 1997

American Bar Foundation, Fellow

The National Judicial College, Board of Visitors, 2004-

Kansas Bar Foundation, Fellow

Johnson County Bar Foundation, Fellow

Roscoe Pound Foundation, Fellow

Thomas E. Lambert, Jr. Endowed Chair Trust, Gold Chair Trustee

Civil Justice Foundation (Circle of Champions)

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Kansas Legal Services Corporation, Board of Directors 1976-1985

Kansas Head Injury Association

National Center for State Courts, Sustaining Associate

Kansas State University Alumni Association, Life Member and Presidents Club

Kansas State University, Calvin Club, Partner