Neal S. Johnson received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and a Masters Degree in Administration from George Washington University. He received his juris doctor degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1981. He served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association from 1993 until 1998. He is a member of and active in numerous bar associations including the American Association of Justice, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Virginia State Bar, and the Virginia Bar Association.
Mr. Johnson has over 36 years of trial experience in civil and criminal litigation in both state and federal courts. In recent years, Mr. Johnson has devoted most of his professional time in the representation of individuals who have sustained devastating personal injury, whether it be caused by medical negligence or other forms of negligence; the representation of individuals or businesses involved in complex commercial litigation; the representation of individuals in complex divorce litigation; and the representation of individuals charged with serious criminal offenses including capital murder. In the personal injury area, representation includes individuals injured by medical negligence, serious automobile accidents, and products such as L-Trytophan, Propulsid, DPT vaccines, fireworks, and other products. Mr. Johnson also has extensive experience in employment litigation and federal civil rights litigation, including litigation under Title VII, § 1983, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Individuals With Disabilities Act (IDEA). He has successfully handled complex commercial litigation including disputes between limited partners and the general partner of a limited partnership, and claims of violation of the Virginia Trade Secrets Act. In the past, Mr. Johnson has been designated as counsel for the handling of civil rights claims against State officials by the Commonwealth of Virginia, Division of Risk Management, and also designated as counsel for the Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner for condemnation cases in the Lexington, Rockbridge County, Bath County, and Alleghany County areas. He has experience in special education matters representing parents and school divisions, and serving as a state hearing officer for special education and state grievance matters.
In the state court system, Mr. Johnson has handled and tried cases in most circuits in the Western and Central part of the state, from Abingdon to Richmond. He has handled federal court cases in the Harrisonburg Division, Charlottesville Division, Lynchburg Division, Roanoke Division, Danville Division, Abingdon Division, and Big Stone Gap Division of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, and cases in both the Richmond Division, Norfolk Division, and Alexandria Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He also has experience in federal multi-district litigation. His appellate court experience includes successful representation before the Virginia Court of Appeals, the Virginia Supreme Court, and the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
May, 2010 - Present Principal, Johnson Law PLC
July 1, 2001 - May, 2010 Principal, Lichtenstein, Fishwick & Johnson, P.L.C.; Roanoke and Charlottesville, Virginia
May 1, 1981 - June 30, 2001 Principal, Johnson & Warner, P.L.C., Saunders, Johnson & Lewis, P.L.C., and Natkin & Heslep, P.C.; Associate, Gentry, Locke, Rakes & Moore; Offices in Roanoke and Lexington, Virginia