Michael Johnson

Member of the Board

 

Michael Johnson J. Michael (“Mike”) Johnson, Esq., is a nationally recognized litigator and legal analyst who operates his private law practice from his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. He has formerly served as: a senior attorney and media spokesman for national organizations such as Liberty Institute and the Alliance Defense Fund; founding dean of the Pressler School of Law of Louisiana College; and has practiced with the law firms of Seabaugh, Joffrion, Sepulvado & Victory, L.L.C., and Pettiette, Armand, Dunkelman, Woodley, Byrd & Cromwell, L.L.P., in Shreveport, and Benton, Benton & Associates, L.L.C., in Baton Rouge.

Mr. Johnson has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, all courts in Louisiana, and admitted pro hac vice in many other state and federal courts from New York to California. Mr. Johnson has litigated and won high profile cases defending religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, marriage and the family in state and federal district and appellate courts nationwide. He has also been a principal author of pro-family legislation for many states and municipalities, and taught constitutional law seminars and continuing legal education courses around the country.

He has spoken before tens of thousands in various settings, and been interviewed and featured more than 1,000 times on radio and in national media outlets including The O’Reilly Factor, Fox and Friends, Hannity & Colmes, ABC's Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, CNN, CBS, MSNBC, the BBC, National Public Radio, TIME magazine, Citizen magazine, World magazine, and most major newspapers across the country.

Mr. Johnson has also provided legal representation and consultation for various state and local government entities and officials and many national organizations, including Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, the National Day of Prayer Task Force, Living Waters Publications, Coral Ridge Ministries, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and served as a trustee of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and on the Commission on Marriage and Family in the administration of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. He has been an active member of the Council for National Policy, the American Bar Association, the Louisiana Bar Association, the Shreveport Bar Association, and the Committee of One Hundred.

Mr. Johnson earned his Juris Doctorate from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, where he was selected as a member of the Moot Court Board and National Moot Court Team, and was elected class president and president of the Christian Legal Society. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he was selected to Leadership LSU and the Order of Omega Honor Society, and served as president of the Interfraternity Council and vice president of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Mr. Johnson and his wife, Kelly, are blessed with four beautiful children, and have been the recipients of many honors, including the 2001 “Champions for the Faith” award by the Southern Baptist Convention. Mr. Johnson has also earned the 2003 Honor Guard award by the Alliance Defense Fund; the 2005 “Faith, Family & Freedom” award by the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.; the 2005 “Family Gladiator” award by the Louisiana Family Forum; the 2010 “40 Under 40 Award” by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce; and been named a "Top Lawyer in Shreveport-Bossier" by SB Magazine.