Brian D. Johnson

TEL: (916) 978-3434 Ext. 133
FAX: (916) 978-3430


University of California, Los Angeles (B.A. 2005)

University of California, Davis, School of Law (J.D. 2009)


State Bar of California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Courts of California

  • Central District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Northern District of California


Brian Johnson joined the firm as an associate attorney in 2017 after five years with another Sacramento law firm.  His prior practice focused on defending physicians, nurses, and nursing homes in civil litigation, as well as representing employers and plaintiffs in employment matters.  He now covers a broader range of civil litigation, including business litigation, personal injury, products liability, and public entity defense.

Mr. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005, with a double major in Political Science and History.  He was a member of the Dean’s List and was awarded Political Science Departmental Honors.

Mr. Johnson completed his education at the University of California, Davis, School of Law in 2009.  During law school Mr. Johnson clerked for a judge in the San Francisco Superior Court, drafting recommended rulings on both discovery and trial matters.  He also clerked for the Union Pacific Railroad Legal Department in Roseville, where he worked on a wide range of litigation and regulatory issues.  After graduation, Mr. Johnson interned with the Marin County District Attorney’s Office, where he gained courtroom experience by arguing various motions.

Mr. Johnson is a northern California native who enjoys skiing, camping, playing racquetball, golfing, and watching UCLA Athletics.


Mr. Johnson won summary judgment in the Sacramento Superior Court in favor of a non-profit medical clinic on claims for medical negligence, negligent screening of medical staff, and discrimination under the Unruh Civil Rights Act.  Mr. Johnson successfully upheld the Judgment on appeal in the California Third District Court of Appeal after briefing the matter and arguing it before a panel of three Justices.

After successfully eliminating claims under the Elder Abuse Act against two nephrologists via summary adjudication, Mr. Johnson second-chaired a jury trial in Sacramento Superior Court in which a defense verdict was returned on the remaining claim for wrongful death premised on medical negligence.

Mr. Johnson successfully obtained summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on behalf of a cardiologist that implanted a needed pacemaker in a state prisoner.  The prisoner subsequently brought suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, claiming that the procedure constituted a violation of his civil rights.

A Judgment in favor of a nursing home was upheld by Mr. Johnson on appeal to the California Third District Court of Appeal.  The Judgment was based on a sustained demurrer to a claim under the Elder Abuse Act.

Mr. Johnson obtained summary judgment on behalf of an internal medicine physician in a wrongful death case based on the statute of limitations after eliciting testimony from the plaintiffs at deposition regarding when they first suspected wrongdoing.

Mr. Johnson has prevailed in unlawful detainer bench trials on behalf of landlords.


Sacramento County Bar Association

Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada