Mr. Johnson (who goes by Mars) was born in Palau and raised in Guam. Following high school, he moved to Minnesota, where he attended Carleton College, earning his B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology in 2004. Eager to return to warmer weather, he moved to Hawaii to study law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i, graduating in 2008.
Following law school, Mr. Johnson chose to stay in Hawai‘i, accepting a position at Kessner Umebayashi Bain & Matsunaga and then at Hughes Richards & Associates. At both firms, his work focused in the areas of employment litigation, construction defects litigation, medical malpractice defense, workers’ compensation defense, and general personal injury defense.
In 2013, Mr. Johnson returned to Guam and joined Blair Sterling Johnson & Martinez. At the firm, Mr. Johnson has worked primarily in civil litigation, with an emphasis in personal injury defense, government procurement, construction litigation, and workers’ compensation law. He has also worked on a wide variety of legal matters, both large and small, including:
Defending a divided fuel supply contract awarded by the Guam Power Authority against a protest by a competing bidder who sought an all or nothing award of the contract. Mr. Johnson obtained a favorable result, allowing the client to supply an estimated $10 million in USLD per year over the course of three years.
Overturning the award of a water reservoir construction contract by showing that the winning bidder lied to the procuring agency about its safety record in its bid documents. Based on the protest, the contract, valued in excess of $20 million, was instead awarded to the firm’s client.
Successfully protesting an insurance company’s denial of coverage for a client’s pacemaker replacement by arguing that the replacement was covered under her insurance plan’s schedule of benefits. This favorable decision resulted in the client reaching her out-of-pocket maximum for that year, entitling her to reimbursement for all out-of-pocket costs incurred after her pacemaker replacement.