Michael K. Johnson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in St. Paul, MN

Johnson Becker, PLLC
 | 444 Cedar St., Suite 1800
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 612-436-1802
Fax: 612-436-1801
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2009, 2011 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 1999
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    As a partner with Johnson // Becker, PLLC, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, attorney Michael K. Johnson exclusively handles personal injury cases for plaintiffs, with an emphasis on national products liability litigation, and a sharp focus on medical device and pharmaceutical litigation. Representing clients throughout the country, Mr. Johnson handles claims involving defective medical devices, harmful pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter products, nutritional supplements, and other dangerous and defective products.

    Mr. Johnson has protected the rights of clients in the courtroom, appellate courts and up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Currently serving as co-chair of the products liability section of the Minnesota Association for Justice, he is involved in numerous mass tort litigations representing injured individuals nationwide. He has participated in the resolution of global settlements in product liability litigations and has sat on leadership committees in a variety of mass tort litigations.

    Mr. Johnson has also been recognized as a leader in the legal field.  He is the recipient of both the Attorney of the Year Award presented by Minnesota Lawyer and the Stephen J. Sharpe Public Service Award by the American Association for Justice.

    A frequent guest lecturer, Mr. Johnson presents on a range of topics, including advice to new lawyers, law firm management, catastrophic personal injury cases and products liability.  Mr. Johnson is also frequently quoted by numerous media outlets regarding pharmaceutical and medical device litigation.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
    • 50%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Class Actions, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 17 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

    Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2009, 2011 - 2021 Rising Stars: 1999

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    About Michael Johnson

    Admitted: 1995, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage: https://johnsonbecker.com/attorneys-and-staff/michael-johnso...

    Honors/Awards:

    • Recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Mass Tort Top 25 Lawyer, 2018
    • Listed in "Who's Who in Personal Injury" in Minnesota Law & Politics, 2002-2009
    • Chosen by the American Association for Justice as a Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2018
    • Chosen as the recipient of the Steven J. Sharpe Public Service Award by the American Association for Justice, 2012
    • Recognized as a Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2018
    • Chosen by Minnesota Law & Politics as a "Rising Star," 1999-2000, 2002-2003
    • Chosen as one of America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, 2018
    • Chosen by Minnesota Lawyer as Attorney of the Year, 2009
    • Recognized as a Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2018

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Mediator and Arbitrator

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court of Minnesota, 1996
    • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2011
    • Member, Board of Governors, Minnesota Association of Justice,2007-2017
    • Member, Public Justice Foundation
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2017
    • Minnesota, 1995
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2009
    • Co-Chair, Minnesota Association of Justice, Products Liability Section, 2009-2016
    • Member, Federal Bar Association
    • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2018
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2010
    • Member, Minnesota Association of Justice, 1995-Present
    • Member, American Association of Justice, 1995-Present
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2013

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Invited to be Guest Lecturer Regarding a Range of Topics, including Advice to New Lawyers, Law Firm Management and Products Liability
    • HarrisMartin MDL Conference: Zimmer NexGen Knee and DePuy Hip Implant Litigation, presented Generic Preemption Post Mensing, July 27, 2011
    • AAJ Education Teleseminar: Actos, co-authored presentation paper Actos – Current Status of the Litigation, September 8, 2011
    • AAJ Education Teleseminar: Propecia, acted as the Faculty Moderator and presented Status of the Litigation, September 20, 2011
    • HarrisMartin MDL Conference: Transvaginal Mesh and Actos Litigation; Actos Faculty Co-Chair and presented Propecia Update, November 30, 2011
    • Louisiana State Bar Association’s 11th Annual Class Action/Mass Tort Symposium: presented Navigating Preemption after Mensing, December 9, 2011
    • Minnesota State Bar Association, Food, Drug, and Device Law Section: Presentation: Successful Strategies to Win or to Protect the Challenge: presented on pharmaceutical and medical device preemption, January 23, 2012.
    •  HarrisMartin MDL Conference: Transvaginal Mesh and Actos Litigation: presented on Propeicia, Actos, and general preemption issues, January 25, 2012.
    • AAJ Winter Convention: Fighting for Justice in the Courts and Courtroom: presented on a three person panel regarding the impact of recent Supreme Court decisions, opportunities, and setbacks, February 13, 2012.
    • Louisiana State Bar Association’s 12th Annual Class Action/Mass Tort Symposium: presented Aggregate Settlements (Connecting the Ethical Dots), November 30, 2012.
    • AAJ Education Teleseminar: Handling Mirena IUD Litigaiton: presented product and manufacturing information, February 5, 2013.
    • AAJ Winter Convention: Litigation at Sunrise: presented Mirena IUD cases, February 12, 2013.
    • AAJ Education's Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Litigation Update Seminar: presented on a four person panel, Mirena IUD Analysis: Overview and History of Intrauterine Devices (IUDs), March 20, 2013.
    • Mass Torts Made Perfect: Update on Current Cases: NuvaRing, Mirena, Propecia, Fosamax Femur, and NFL Concussion Cases: presented on Mirena IUD, April 11-12, 2013.
    • AAJ Education's Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation Update Seminar: presented on a four person panel, Januvia and Byetta: Defendants, Product Overview, and Overview of Type II Diabetes, May 29, 2013.
    • HarrisMartin MDL Conference: Incretin Mimetics – Januvia/Byetta: presented theories of liability and potential defenses, July 24, 2013.
    • Mass Torts Made Perfect: presented on Byetta and Januvia litigation, October 11, 2013.
    • Minnesota Mass Torts Conference: presented on building a successful mass tort litigation strategy and practice, December 3, 2013.
    • Harris Martin's MDL Conference on Xarelto, Morcellators and Emerging Torts; on Incretins: Byetta, Januvia and Victoza - Pancreatic and Thyroid Cancer Cases, March 25, 2015.
    • American Association for Justice Education's: Plaintiffs only - Hot Topics and Trends in Litigation Seminar; presented on Benicar, including case criteria and injuries, the science and the status of the litigation, March 25, 2015.
    • FDA Stakeholders' Meeting: Supplemental Applications Proposing Labeling Changes for Approved Drugs and Biological Products; presented in support of FDA's proposed rules that would make generic prescription medications safer and would hold generic manufacturers accountable for their failure to warn of dangerous adverse side effects associated with their drugs, March 20, 2015.
    • American Association for Justice Education's: Plaintiffs only - Hot Topics and Trends in Litigation Seminar; presented on Syngenta GMO Corn Litigation, including the liability story, the defendants and the status of state court cases and the MN consolidation, May 27, 2015.
    • Syngenta GMO Corn Litigation CLE; presented on Syngenta GMO Corn Litigation, including the importance of a local presence in nationwide litigation and ethical considerations in legal marketing, September 24, 2015.
    • HB Mass Tort Medical School CLE; presented on the science behind the Incretin Mimetic class of drugs, May 10, 2018
    • American Association for Justice Education’s: Plaintiffs only – Hot Topic and Trends in Litigation Seminar; presented on the status of MDL No. 2452: In re Incretin Mimetics Products Liability Litigation, March 29, 2018
    • American Association for Justice Webinar; presented on the 9th Court of Appeals ruling and the current status of MDL No. 2452: In re Incretin Mimetics Products Liability Litigation, March 6, 2018
    • HarrisMartin MDL Conference: Onglyza, Opiod, and Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler Litigation; presented on the science behind M. chimaera and how to help your clients (and doctors) test for the M. chimaera infection, January 24, 2018

    Representative Clients:

    • Michael currently represents individuals throughout the country in claims involving defective medical devices, harmful pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter products, nutritional supplements, and other dangerous and defective products.

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Appointed by U.S. District Judge Richard H. Kyle, District of Minnesota, to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and as a member of the Claim Review In re: Sprint Fidelis Litigation 08:1905
    • Appointed by U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia, Southern District of California, to serve on the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee In re: Incretin Mimetics Products Liability Litigation 13:2452
    • Served as a member of Trial Lawyers Care, the largest pro bono legal services program in history, providing free representation to more than 1,700 victims’ families who sought compensation under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
    • Appointed by U.S. District Judge Donovan W. Frank, District of Minnesota, to serve on both the Claims Review Committee and the Common Benefit Attorney Fee and Cost Committee In re: Guidant Corp. Implantable Defibrillators Products Liability Litigation 05:1708
    • Appointed by U.S. District Judge Cathy Siebel, Southern District of New York, to serve on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee In re: Mirena IUD Products Liability Litigation 13:2434
    • Appointed by U.S. Judge John E. Jones III, Middle District of Pennsylvania, to serve on the Plaintiff's Executive Committee in regards to Sorin Heater Cooler Systems Products Liability Litigation (No. II) 18:2816
    • State Court Co-Trial Counsel and selected to serve as Co-State Court Settlement Representative on the Settlement Committee In re: Minnesota State Court Guidant Corporation Implantable Defibrillators Products Liability Litigation 06:006672
    • Appointed by U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel, Easter District of Missouri, to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee In re: NuvaRing Products Liability Litigation 08:1964
    • Appointed by the Honorable William F. Highberger, Superior Court for the State of California, to serve on the Plaintiff's Steering Committee in Risperdal and Invega Product Liability Cases, JCCP No:4775
    • Selected to serve on the Law and Briefing Committee In re: Medtronic Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators Litigation 05:1726

    Educational Background:

    • St. Mary’s University, Winona, Minnesota, B.A. in Business Administration, 1992

    Industry Groups

    • American Association For Justice
    • Minnesota Assocation For Justice
    • The National Trial Lawyers
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    Comments

    • “Mike is a great advocate and protector of consumers.”
    • “Our firm referred clients to Mr. Johnson and he handled their cases professionally. The clients communicated their pleasure with the referral.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for Michael K. Johnson

    444 Cedar St.
    Suite 1800
    St. Paul, MN 55101

    Phone: 612-436-1802

    Fax: 612-436-1801

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