Sam Johnson earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law in 2008. While at South Texas, Sam served as Vice President of the Student Bar Association and as an editor of both the Texas Journal of Business Law and Currents: International Trade Law Journal. During law school, Sam worked for a business law firm serving multiple individual and business clients in commercial litigation, probate and transactional matters. He also clerked for the 191st Judicial District Court of Dallas County.
After graduating from law school, Sam worked for several years as an associate at Shamoun & Norman, LLP, a Dallas litigation firm where he worked on commercial disputes, premises liability matters, and complex commercial lending cases. Sam then worked as an associate at Chamblee, Ryan, Kershaw & Anderson, P.C., another Dallas litigation firm known for providing quality legal services and obtaining successful results for its clients in business, personal injury, employment, and health care law matters. Sam was able to expand his transactional practice while at CRKA, helping multiple entities and individuals with corporate governance and employment law matters, as well as compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements. Sam also further developed a strong, now growing, practice in health care law, assisting health care providers and practice groups with litigation, business, and compliance solutions.
Sam devotes about 50% of his practice to serving as outside general counsel for businesses ranging from startups to international companies. Sam assists numerous companies in transactional matters in which Sam takes potential litigation risks into account in order to reduce the number of lawsuits arising out of certain business relationships. For anything ranging from contract review and negotation, to mergers and acquisitions, to negotiating with government entities, Sam brings a business-minded approach to his advocacy. The remaining 50% of his practice involves litigating select cases in which Sam has agreed to participate, usually only for his existing business clients.
When he is not working feverishly to represent his clients' best interests, Sam enjoys spending time with family, fishing, grilling, and spending time outdoors. Mr. Johnson is also a blood donor and donates as often as current medical standards will permit.
Sam has also been honored to contribute to the legal profession by giving the following publications and presentations:
Unshackling 5th Amendment Rights in Civil Cases CLE (November-December 2014).
South Texas College of Law - Alumni Ethics CLE: Panel Member (September 9, 2014).
2011 Amendments to Texas Medical Board: An Overview, written by Sam Johnson and presented by Peter Anderson to the Texas Medical Liability Trust Defense Bar (October 14, 2011).
The Employment Law Triumvirate, written by Sam Johnson and presented by William Chamblee to the Central Texas Human Resources Management Association (September 15, 2011).
The Sound of Inevitability: The Doctrine of Inevitable Disclosure of Trade Secrets Comes to Texas, Burton, Johnson and Burton, 43 Tex. J. Bus. L. 537 (Winter 2009).
Who We Really Are: On the Need for the United States to Adopt the European Paradigm for Identity Fraud Protection, Johnson, 15 Currents: Int’l Trade L.J. 123 (Winter 2006).
Primary Practice Areas
Outside General Counsel
Contract Drafting & Negotiation
Entity Formation & Governance
Strategic Business Planning
Probate & Estate Administration
Litigation/Arbitration (limited acceptance of new clients)
Construction & Lien Law
J.D., South Texas College of Law, 2008
B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 2005
State Courts of Texas
U.S. District Court
Northern District of Texas
Eastern District of Texas
Certified for Ad Litem Appointment
in Texas Probate courts
State Bar of Texas
Collin County Bar Association
Dallas Bar Association
Plano Bar Association
Honors and Awards
Super Lawyers Rising Star - Business/Corporate, Texas Monthly, 2015-2019
Anti-Defamation League, Board of Directors
Carter Blood Care, consistent donor
South Texas College of Law Young Almuni Council
Pure Athlete Volleyball Club - Board of Directors and General Counsel
Former Candidate for US Congress
Leadership Plano - Class 36 (2018-2019)