Feb. 24, 2021
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ADR Services, Inc.
Judge Michael Johnson is available for mediations and arbitrations through the statewide offices of ADR Services Inc. He brings over 40 years of legal experience to his dispute resolution practice - 3 years as a neutral with ADR Services, 20 years as a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, and 21 years as a civil litigator specializing in employment law and business litigation.
As a neutral at ADR Services, Judge Johnson has conducted nearly 100 mediations and has presided over more than 125 arbitrations and references. He is known for his responsiveness, fairness, diligence and flexibility. Judge Johnson is a prominent choice for employment disputes and business disputes - including matters related to the cannabis industry. He has training and experience with e-discovery and ESI issues.
In his judicial career, Judge Johnson was a popular member of the bench, known for his diligence and productivity. He presided over a downtown independent calendar court, where he conducted trials, motions, pretrial proceedings, and settlement conferences in a wide variety of civil matters. This included employment, business litigation, civil rights, real estate, legal and medical malpractice, and personal injury cases. Judge Johnson culminated his judicial career in 2017 with an appointment as a Justice Pro Tem of the California Court of Appeal, 2nd Appellate District.
In his career as an attorney, Judge Johnson was a partner in a major national law firm. He engaged in trial and appellate work in state and federal courts across the country, focusing on employment law, business litigation, and civil rights. Judge Johnson held leadership and management positions in his law firm, served as Chair of the State Bar Labor & Employment Section, and was twice appointed by the Governor to the California Fair Employment & Housing Commission.