Hon. Michael Johnson(Ret.)

Mediator • Arbitrator • Referee


Judicial Associations
  · California Judges Association; Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Association
California State Bar, Labor & Employment Section
  · Chair, 1995-1996. Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Executive Committee Member
Other Bar Memberships & Activities
  · Admitted to practice in all California state courts; all U.S. District Courts of California; U.S. Court of     

   Appeals, 9th and 3rd Circuits; U.S. Supreme Court.
  · Member of the California State Bar, and Los Angeles County Bar Association. Participated in various   

   sections and committees.


Judge Johnson brings a 41 year legal career to his dispute resolution practice – 20 years as a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, and 21 years as a civil litigator specializing in employment law and business litigation.

 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, including employment, business litigation, civil rights, real estate, and personal injury. Earlier in his career, Judge Johnson presided over criminal felony trials, including high profile complex trials at the downtown criminal courts building. In total, he presided over more than 400 civil and criminal trials – providing a valuable perspective for dispute resolution. 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.