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John T. Johnson, Jr.

John T. Johnson Jr.

  • Partner, Managing Partner 2010-2012

John T. (Tom) Johnson, Jr., is a highly skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable civil trial lawyer who has over 42 years of jury trial experience.  He is passionate about providing ethical, efficient, and effective representation for his clients in his practice areas of Litigation, Personal Injury, and Insurance.  While  every case presents different scenarios and challenges, Mr. Johnson focuses diligently on each case and the clients he represents, and he provides legal services in a timely and cost-effective manner.  Mr. Johnson was one of the first mediators in Knoxville and he has served as a mediator in numerous cases.  In addition, Mr. Johnson has been selected to serve as an arbitrator in several cases.

Mr. Johnson is highly regarded by his peers and has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, a highly regarded peer-review publication, for several years.  Mr. Johnson has also been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers and Mid-South Super Lawyers, which are also prominent peer-review publications.  He is consistently listed in City View magazine as one of the top attorneys in Knoxville in several categories.

Mr. Johnson is licensed to practice in the state of Tennessee, and he has been admitted to practice in the state courts of Tennessee, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, the United States District Court for the Eastern of Kentucky, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Johnson focuses his practice on the following:

  • Defense of personal injury claims
  • Insurance coverage issues
  • Arson investigation and defense of fire insurance claims

Mr. Johnson has tried to verdict hundreds of jury trials and has, in some years, been listed by The Tennessee Jury Verdict Reporter as having tried the most jury trials in the state of Tennessee for that year.  The Tennessee Jury Verdict Reporter recently reported that for the years between 2005 and 2010, Mr. Johnson tried the second highest number of cases for any lawyer in the state.

Mr. Johnson has extensive experience in insurance coverage issues and has actively participated in the drafting of provisions in insurance policies issued by a major insurance company.

Recent Presentations

Mr. Johnson has been a speaker at a number of seminars sponsored by various bar associations and other organizations.  He has made presentations to local claims organizations and at statewide meetings of claims managers and claims representatives.  On October 29, 2010, Mr. Johnson participated with other well-known attorneys from around the state of Tennessee and other parts of the United States in a mock cross-examination at a seminar sponsored by The Foundation of The American Board of Trial Advocates.

Areas Of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Tennessee, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 1973
  • University of Tennessee
    • B.A. - 1971
    • Honors: Graduated with Honors

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2018
  • Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year, 2016
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Since 2008
  • City View Top Attorney for Multiple Areas of Practice
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Master of the Bench, Hamilton Burnett American Inns of Court
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Knoxville Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Farragut Board of Zoning Appeals, Former member

Past Employment Positions

  • Kramer Rayson LLP, Managing Partner, 2010 to 2012

Civic/Community Involvement

  • Former Elder of Farragut Church of Christ