Originally from Massachusetts, Mr. Johnson first set foot in Guam in 1974 on his way to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in what was then the Palau District of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. He lived for two years in the small, remote village of Choll on the island of Babeldaob, where he taught all elementary school subjects in both English and Palauan.
Following his service, Mr. Johnson returned to Massachusetts where he attended Suffolk University Law School, graduating with honors in 1981.
After a brief period in Hawaii, Mr. Johnson returned to Palau where he became counsel to the Senate of the first Palau National Congress (Olbiil Era Kelulau). He drafted enabling legislation and reports needed to organize the first Constitutional government of what was to become the independent Republic of Palau. While counsel to the Senate, Mr. Johnson argued the very first case decided under the Constitution of the Republic of Palau. The decision can be found at 1 Palau Inter. 1 (1981).
In 1983, Mr. Johnson moved to Guam where he worked for a short while as a law clerk at the Superior Court before joining the firm, then known as Klemm Blair & Barusch.
Mr. Johnson’s practice involves a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters, including commercial litigation, in Guam, the CNMI, the Republic of Palau and the FSM.
Mr. Johnson has served on the Guam Bar Association Ethics Committee and as Chairman of the Supreme Court of Guam’s Special Court for Judicial Discipline.