Tressa V. Johnson

Top rated employment & labor attorney in Memphis, Tennessee

Johnson & Bennett, PLLC
Tressa V. Johnson
Johnson & Bennett, PLLC

Practice Areas: Employment & labor, Employment litigation; view more

Licensed in Tennessee since: 2007

Education: Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022 Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2017

Johnson & Bennett, PLLC

1407 Union Avenue
Ste. 807
Memphis, TN 38104 Visit website


Tressa V. Johnson is an employment law attorney and a founding partner of Johnson & Bennett, PLLC, in Memphis, Tennessee. Ms. Johnson represents workers in the Memphis metropolitan area and throughout Mississippi in employment litigation matters.

Practicing law for over a decade, Ms. Johnson handles employment cases involving discrimination, overtime law violations, sexual harassment and other legal disputes. In addition to employment law, she practices personal injury law, negotiating and litigating cases involving catastrophic injuries, motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents and other issues.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Johnson has recovered considerable amounts in verdicts and settlements for her clients. In honor of her accomplishments, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum invited her to become a life member of the organization, which is composed of attorneys who have obtained recoveries of $1 million or more for their clients.

Outside of her practice, Ms. Johnson enjoys staying active in her legal community. She is a member of the Memphis Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, The Mississippi Bar and the National Bar Association. She holds a license to practice law before all Tennessee and Mississippi state courts.

Raised in New Orleans, Ms. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana. She received her law degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where she was a co-founder of the Student Hurricane Network, created in response to Hurricane Katrina. She also participated in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition and belonged to the A.P. Tureaud Chapter of the Black Law Students Association.

Practice areas

Employment & labor: employee, Employment litigation: plaintiff

Focus areas

Employment law - employee

  • 90% Employment & labor: employee
  • 10% Employment litigation: plaintiff

First Admitted: 2007, Tennessee

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Tennessee, 2007
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International
  • National Bar Association
  • Memphis Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Tennessee Association for Justice
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
  • Mississippi, 2014
Educational Background:
  • Medical degree coursework, Howard University College of Medicine, 2000-2001
  • B.S., Xavier University of Louisiana, 1998, Major in Biology, minor in Chemistry May, Invited member of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
  • Post-Baccalaureate Studies, Harvard University, 1998-1999
  • “Tressa V. Johnson, a graduate of Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law, is known for winning large verdicts and fighting vigorously for her clients. She has dedicated her nearly decade long career to personal injury and employment law. Ms. Johnson is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which admits only those lawyers who have won million- dollar judgments for their clients. In June 2016, Ms. Johnson joined Kristy L. Bennett, Esq.  to open their own practice, Johnson & Bennett, PLLC, in Memphis.  The firm primarily represents employees who have been discriminated against in the workplace. Tressa is a licensed member of the Tennessee and the Mississippi Bars. In 2016, Ms. Johnson was named a Super Lawyer’s Rising Star, Women to Watch, Memphis Magazine, 2017
  • Civil Law Division, Common Law Certificate, Hannah and Herman Levy Scholarship Fund of the Lupin Foundation Activities, Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition, 2006-2007 Student Hurricane Network- Co-Founder, Black Law Student Association, Loyola University College of Law
  • There are nearly 1,900 lawyers in the Memphis metro. Last night, the Memphis Business Journal honored 33 standouts at its Best of the Bar awards. The fourth annual Best of the Bar ceremony, held March 5 at the Memphis Botanic Garden, recognized lawyers across a variety of practice areas for their professional accolades and community service. Awards were broken into the following categories: Private Firm-Small, Private Firm-Medium, Private Firm-Large, Private Firm-Extra Large, In-House Counsel, Ace Associate, and Public Service. “Lucky Memphis,” said Joanna Crangle, market president and publisher of the MBJ. “To have all of you in the room in every category and every focus area — I think Memphis is a pretty special place to be.” Finalists were selected by the editorial team from nominations submitted by the public, and winners were then chosen by a group of outside judges that included Robert Cox, shareholder with Glassman, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox; Sara Hall, chief legal officer and general counsel for ALSAC; Miles Mason, founder, owner, and managing member of Miles Mason Family Law Group; Gadson William Perry, partner with Butler Snow; and Jeff Weintraub, partner in the Memphis office of Fisher Phillips. For the full list of winners, see below. For scenes from the evening, click the slideshow at the top of the page. The program — which was emceed by Kontji Anthony of WMC-TV Action News 5 — also included the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award, given to Kevin Rardin for his decades of service to the legal profession. Currently with the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office, Rardin recently retired from the Shelby County District Attorney’s office after a 32-year career as a prosecutor. Rardin also served in the reserve components of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps for 21 years. He retired in 2010 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. "I have been a lawyer for a long time,” Rardin said when accepting the award. “I have prosecuted more homicide cases than I want to remember. I have gone to a war halfway around the world, and I’ve come home again, thanks be to God. Today, in our city — your city — I defend children who are facing years of imprisonment if they are transferred to 201 Poplar to stand trial as an adult. … The work I do is certainly not for the faint of heart. But, if you want to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, then maybe the public sector is your arena. For 35 years it has been mine.” The Best of the Bar profiles will be published in MBJ's March 8 edition. 2019 Best of the Bar winners/judge comments Ace Associate — Laura Deakins, Lewis Thomason “A testament to the most difficult balance of being a good lawyer and someone who gives back.” Private Firm-Small — Tressa Johnson, Johnson & Bennett PLLC “I’ve seen her mentor law students, juggle family, and secure court victories for her clients all at the same time. It doesn’t at all surprise me that her recommenders say similar things about her.”, Best of the Bar Small Firm, Memphis Business Journal, 2018
  • Congratulations and thank you for your dedication to the legal profession and your service to the citizens of Tennessee. In recognition of your pro bono service in 2016, the Tennessee Supreme Court has honored you as an Attorney for Justice. Your name will appear on the Pro Bono Honor Roll on the court’s website,, Attorney for Justice, Tennessee Supreme Court, 2017
  • Kristy Bennett, Esq, and I represented a Plaintiff in a 4 day trial in Shelby County Circuit Court. Plaintiff received catastrophic injuries due to a person v. vehicle collision. The jury awarded Plaintiff 1Million Dollars. The matter was appealed to the Court of Appeals, and it was won by the Plaintiff. It was denied cert at the Supreme Court level. Barnes v. Arrow Cab

Office location for Tressa V. Johnson

1407 Union Avenue
Ste. 807
Memphis, TN 38104

Phone: 901-563-1886


5 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2017

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