Submitted by the Jody Johnson campaign
Jody Johnson, age 53, is a candidate for the 380th District Court serving all of Collin County. She is married with 4 adult sons and lives in Plano.
Johnson has had a long and successful legal career. She would like to utilize her legal experience and maturity of judgment to serve the citizens of Collin County. She believes that Collin County deserves to have a top notch judiciary.
She distinguishes herself from the other candidates by pointing out that she:
- has been licensed to practice law longer than the other candidates graduated from SMU law school 1983);
- has the most relevant attorney experience required for this bench;
- is the only candidate who has a Board Certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (Family Law);
- has the most litigation and trial experience;
- has made judgments as an associate judge and attorney grievance committee member; and
- has the respect and support of the legal community by virtue of her being consistently nominated by the legal community to the following peer review lists: Texas Super Lawyer, Top 50 Women Attorney in Texas, Top 100 Attorneys in Dallas-Fort Worth, D Magazine Best Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America.
Johnson is also the only attorney running for this bench who has an “AV Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell. This is an unsolicited peer review rating and is the highest rating issued. It means that Johnson has achieved a “Very High Ethical Standards rating” and the highest score for Legal Ability based on performance in the following 5 areas:
- Legal Knowledge: Lawyer’s familiarity with the laws governing his/her specific area of practice(s)
- Analytical Capabilities: Lawyer’s creativity in analyzing legal issues and applying technical knowledge
- Judgment: lawyer’s demonstration of the salient factors that drive the outcome of a given case or issue
- Communication Ability: Lawyer’s capability to communicate persuasively and credibly
- Legal Experience: Lawyer’s degree of experience in his/her specific area of practice(s).
Over 50% of the filed cases are family law cases and she is the only candidate who is board certified in family law. She started her legal career at a civil litigation firm which also comprises about 25% of the filed cases.
Johnson has a reputation for representing clients from all walks of life, whether they are pro bono clients, regular citizens of Collin County, professional athletes, stay at home moms, business owners, etc. She has handled complex civil litigation cases as well as criminal cases involving abduction of children, family violence, child sex abuse, failure to support children, and visitation with children.
She lists her strongest skills as the ability listen, giving litigants a fair opportunity to be heard, and looking for solutions within the boundaries of the law.
When asked how her qualifications could restore integrity to the Collin County Courts, she cited her service on the State Bar of Texas District 6 Attorney Grievance board. She chaired the committee for 3 of her 6 years of service hearing evidence from litigants who filed lawyer complaints and attorneys and issuing rulings that determined whether a particular lawyer should be sanctioned or disbarred. In order to serve on this committee, she was required to demonstrate impeccable ethics and reputation and she will use these same qualities as a judge.
Johnson has served her community in the past by volunteering through her church, and such organizations as Habitat for Humanity, Soles for Orphans Souls, pro bono legal work and mentoring younger lawyers, judging mock trial competitions for high school and college students, and serving the mentally disabled population. She is committed to striving to give access to the legal system for all citizens.
If elected, Johnson hopes to be remembered as a fair and hardworking judge. She wants litigants and attorneys to know that she will apply the law as written and will be unbiased, and give people their fair day in court.
Please visit her website at www.jodyforjudge.com or on facebook at jodyjohnsonforjudge.
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