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Casey R. Johnson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Santa Ana, CA

Aitken • Aitken • Cohn
3 MacArthur Place, Suite 800
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone: 714-434-1424
Fax: 714-434-3600
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2008, 2010 - 2013
Licensed in California Since: 2002
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
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Attorney Profile

Casey R. Johnson is a partner at Aitken Aitken Cohn, located in Santa Ana, California. Defending the rights of those who have been injured because of the negligent and thoughtless actions of others, he takes on personal injury matters, including those involving: 

  • Premises liability
  • Wrongful death
  • Insurance bad faith
  • Elder abuse
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Government tort liability

Dedicated and compassionate, Mr. Johnson fights aggressively for the liberties of his clients who are seeking justice after being harmed through no fault of their own. Zealous and tireless, he goes the extra mile for his clients with an unwavering commitment to their interests. 

With a doctorate in jurisprudence from the USC Law School, Mr. Johnson was a part of the Hale Moot Honor Program and was the topic editor. He received many academic awards, including the Edward S. and Eleanor J. Shattuck Award. He graduated summa cum laude from the San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. 

During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Johnson received the Herbert Peiffer Award for his remarkable leadership skills. While in law school, he started off his legal career clerking for Aitken Aitken Cohn in 2001. The next year, he became an associate attorney and, in 2012, became a partner. 

Mr. Johnson is actively involved in the legal field, and this is seen in his affiliations with notable legal associations. He is a member of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Orange County Judicial Selection Advisory Committee, a member of the Executive Committee of the Consumer Attorneys of California and a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC). 

Additionally, Mr. Johnson serves as the vice president of the Robert A. Banyard American Inn of Court; a member of the board of directors of the Orange County Lavender Bar Association, the Western Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice; and a member of the Orange County Bar Association and the Celtic Bar Association of Orange County. 

Mr. Johnson has received many awards and accolades for his contributions to the legal community. He is AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale Hubbell. He was also named to the list of Best Lawyers by The Best Lawyers in America and holds a “Superb” rating on Avvo. He is the recipient of the Wiedemann & Wysocki Award by the American Association for Justice and the Presidential Award of Meri by the CAOC. In addition, The National Trial Lawyers named him to its Top 40 Under 40 list.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Selections

9 Years Super Lawyers
8 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2005 - 2008, 2010 - 2013

About Casey R. Johnson

First Admitted: 2002, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.aitkenlaw.com/attorneys/casey-johnson/

Honors/Awards

  • Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers (2013-2021)
  • Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers (2005-2012)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star”, Los Angeles Magazine (2006—2009)
  • Top 5 Personal Injury Lawyers, OC Metro Magazine (2011-2013)
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers (2013)
  • Top Lawyers of the Inland Empire, Inland Empire Magazine (2016)
  • Martin Hubbell AV-Rating and Judiciary Award, Martin Hubbell (2017)
  • The Presidential Award of Merit, CAOC (2020)
  • Top 50 Orange County Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers (2016, 2018-2021)
  • AVVO Rated Certified Lawyer, AVVO (2015-2021)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated – Preeminent Peer Review, Martindale-Hubbell (2016-2021)
  • The Wiedemann & Wysocki Award recognizes AAJ members who have made outstanding efforts to support AAJ PAC and advance AAJ’s political priorities. The award is named in honor of Fritz Wiedemann and James Anthony Wysocki, two New Orleans-based attorneys and active AAJ members who were traveling on assignment for AAJ PAC when they died in a tragic plane crash. This award recognizes members who have carried on the legacy of Fritz Wiedemann and James Wysocki, who were passionately committed to AAJ PAC and the principles of the civil justice system., Wiedemann & Wysocki Award, American Association for Justice , 2020
  • One of six graduating students exhibiting the greatest potential to become an outstanding member of the bar., Edward S. and Eleanor J. Shattuck Award , USC Gould School of Law, 2002
  • Male Student Most Likely to Bring Honor to University, Dean Herbert Peiffer Award, San Diego State University, 1997
  • , Be The Change Legal Excellence Award, Orange County Bar Association, Diversity & Inclusion Unity in Service, 2018
  • The Wiedemann & Wysocki Award recognizes AAJ members who have made outstanding efforts to support AAJ PAC and advance AAJ’s political priorities. The award is named in honor of Fritz Wiedemann and James Anthony Wysocki, two New Orleans-based attorneys and active AAJ members who were traveling on assignment for AAJ PAC when they died in a tragic plane crash. This award recognizes members who have carried on the legacy of Fritz Wiedemann and James Wysocki, who were passionately committed to AAJ PAC and the principles of the civil justice system., Wiedemann & Wysocki Award, American Association for Justice , 2020
  • , 2021 Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers (2016-2021)
  • Angelo Palmieri Civility Award, Robert A. Banyard Inn of Court, 2016
  • Recognized as the Board Member of the Year by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association., Board Member of the Year, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, 2009

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Diversity Committee Chairperson (2016 – 2017)
  • Celtic Bar Association of Orange County, Member (2002 – Present)
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member (2002 – Present)
  • American Association for Justice, Member (2002 – Present)
  • American Association for Justice, Board of Directors (2019 – Present)
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association, Secretary (2019 – Present)
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors (2018 – Present)
  • Orange County Lavender Bar Association, Board of Directors (2011 – Present)
  • Orange County Lavender Bar Association, Secretary (2012 – 2014)
  • Orange County Lavender Bar Association, Vice President (2014-2015)
  • Orange County Lavender Bar Association, President (2015 – 2016)
  • Robert A. Banyard American Inn of Court, Program Chair (2012)
  • Robert A. Banyard American Inn of Court, Board of Directors (2011-Present)
  • Robert A. Banyard American Inn of Court, Treasurer (2014 – 2018)
  • Robert A. Banyard American Inn of Court, Counselor/Vice-President (2018 – Present)
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Treasurer (2009)
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Secretary (2010)
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Vice President (2011-2012)
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, President Elect (2013)
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, President (2014)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member (2001 – Present)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Financial Secretary (2019)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Parliamentarian (2018)
  • Public Law Center, Board of Directors, 2021
  • Orange County Bar Association, Racial Justice Task Force, 2021
  • Robert A. Banyard Inn of Court, President (2020-2021, 2021
  • Governor Newsom's Orange County Judicial Selection Advisory Committee, 2019-present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Orange County Lavender Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Robert A. Banyard Inn of Court, Orange County Bar Association (Racial Justice Task Force), Western Trial Lawyers Association, 2021
  • CAOC Board of Directors, 2014-present, 2021
  • CAOC Executive Committee Member, 2016-present, 2021

Educational Background

  • San Diego State University, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, graduating summa cum laude, Herbert Peiffer Award, 1997

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • California State Bar: License to Practice Law, 2002

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Transgender Legal Assistance Clinic (TLAC), Volunteer for Gender and Name Change Clinic in association with UCI Law School and The Center., 2021
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation Orange County - Mock Trial Program, Committee Member and Volunteer Scorekeeper

Verdicts/Settlements

  • $11,000,000 (policy limits) settlement for 20 year old man rendered quadriplegic after jumping into unsafely designed and maintained community association pool., 2021
  • Huie v. Southland Sod ($5,000,000 wrongful death settlement following appeal of trial verdict)
  • Feitler v. E.A. Pedersen Power Products ($23,500,000 trial verdict)
  • $300,000 settlement for young boy bitten in face by family friend's dog., 2020
  • $1,000,000 settlement for bicyclist who was thrown from bicycle after encountering a camouflaged, temporary fence erected across an bicycle trail in Aliso and Woods Canyons Wilderness Park., 2021
  • $1,900,000 settlement for 56-year-old client who suffered multiple fractures after falling down an unlit stairwell on association property near a hotel.   Defendants disputed that they had notice of the lighting outage and claimed to have followed all reasonable inspection protocols.  Plaintiff suffered fractures to her right wrist, left ankle and fact, and had paid medical bills totaling less than $200,000.  Thirty six (36) total experts were designated by the parties of which 30 were deposed.  The case resolved at 4pm the day before trial was to begin., 2019
  • $12,000,000: Insurance Bad Faith Settlement (2010); $11,000,000:  Premises Liability - spinal cord injury diving into unsafe pool; $750,000: Disputed Liability Intersection Collision; $1,290,000: Construction Site Accident Settlement  , 2021

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • This article provides an overview of racial justice legislation introduced in the California legislature in 2020., Co-Author, 2020 Racial Justice Legislative Review: The Limits of the Outrage Surrounding George Floyd, Orange County Lawyer Magazine, 2021
  • Riverside Bar Association Civil Litigation Section & Barristers, “Bias in the Legal Community: Who We Are v. Who We Think We Are”, 2018
  • WTLA Hawaii Seminar, “Effectively Deposing Defendants”, 2018
  • CAOC Sonoma Seminar (w/ Megan G. Demshki), “Getting Your Experts and Pretrial Documents in Order”, 2018
  • CAOIE/OCTLA Palm Springs Seminar, “Effectively Deposing Defendants”, 2018
  • CAOC Annual Convention, “Written Discovery: Making It Matter”, 2018
  • SFTLA Ski Seminar, “Why Did I Take This Case”, 2019
  • WTLA Ski Seminar, “Why Did I Take This Case”, 2019
  • CAOC Palm Spring Seminar, “Pitfalls In Elder Abuse Litigation”, 2019
  • WTLA Hawaii Seminar, “Pitfalls In Elder Abuse Litigation”, 2019
  • Robert A. Banyard American Inn of Court, Legal Jeopardy, 2019
  • CAOC Annual Convention, “Focus Groups on a Budget”, 2019
  • CAOC Webinar, Bias in the Law, 2020
  • WTLA Ski Seminar, “The Changing Face of Bias”, 2020
  • CAOC Annual Convention, Empowering and Protecting the Vulnerable: Elder Abuse and Special Needs Plaintiffs, 2020
  • Donald L. Galine Sonoma Virtual Seminar, Arbitration: Strategies for Keeping Yourself Out & Winning If You Are Stuck In It, 2021
  • Palm Springs Virtual Seminar, Trends in Elder Abuse Litigation, 2021
  • This article provides an in-depth analysis of the United States Supreme Court's Bostock decision and its potential implications , Co-Author, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia: A Landmark Win for the LGBTQ+ Community or a Mask for Private Religious Discrimination, Orange County Lawyer Magazine, 2020
  • Author, Diversity Committee Column, The Forum, CAOC, 2016
  • The Gavel (OCTLA), Editor's Commentary, 2012
  • The Gavel (OCTLA), Author, Consumers Under Attack in Recent Supreme Court Rulings, 2011
  • The Gavel (OCTLA), Editor's Commentary, 2009
  • The Gavel (OCTLA), Editor's Commentary, 2008
  • The Gavel (OCTLA), Editor's Commentary, 2007
  • The Gavel (OCTLA), Author, Setting the Record Straight: Debunking the Myths of Tort Reform, 2007
  • The Gavel (OCTLA), Author, Notice Waived? I Certainly Will Not!, 2005
  • OCBA Last Dash, Speaker, Ethics in a Personal Injury Practice, 2010
  • PreTrial Proceedings Real Evidence for the Trial Practitioner, Speaker, 2008
  • Motion Practice Litigation Skills for Legal Staff, Speaker, 2006
  • Author, Navigating Pool Injury Cases, The Gavel, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Author, President's Column, The Gavel, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
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Office Location for Casey R. Johnson

3 MacArthur Place
Suite 800
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Phone: 714-434-1424

Fax: 714-434-3600

Last Updated: 5/20/2022

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