James Alexander Johnson

2000 Town Center

Suite 1900

Southfield, Michigan 48075


E-Mail: johnsonjajmf@yahoo.com


Licensed:*State Bar of Michigan


Licensed:* Massachusetts Bar

 Licensed: *State Bar of Texas

©2009 James A. Johnson, Esq.


Assist & Co-Counsel

Former Assistant Attorney General – Dept. of Justice



Litigation – Civil and Criminal


Serious Personal Injury – Auto, Truck, Motorcycle, Bus, Job Injuries, Asbestos Disease, Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (Roundup), Medical, Dental, Psychologist, Podiatry, Prescription Drug Errors, Chiropractic Malpractice, Boating Accidents, Slip & Fall & Death Cases


Insurance Coverage - Casualty and Property (CGL Policy, Auto, Fire & Property Damage), Homeowners, Accident-Health & Life

Intellectual Property Law – Copyright, Trademarks and Patents


Entertainment Law-Film, TV, Sports, Music Publishing, Music Licensing & Book Publishing 


Criminal Defense – State (Felonies, Misdemeanors & Expungement); Federal (Criminal Enterprise & RICO) = 21 U.S.C. §848 & 18 U.S.C. §§1961-1968; White Collar Defense


Business Disputes – Complex Commercial Litigation


*Unless otherwise indicated, attorneys listed on this website are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


If you are contemplating litigation in Personal Injury, Insurance Coverage, Business Disputes, Intellectual Property or Federal Crimes we want to hear from you.


James A. Johnson, Esq. is listed in Michigan Top Lawyers. He has developed his practice skills from some of the best litigators in the country. Early in his career, he learned from some of the best trial lawyers in Michigan, Massachusetts and Texas many of whom were national litigation heavyweights.


As a member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, James A. Johnson is an accomplished attorney with more than 30 years as a Trial Lawyer and Transactional Attorney.  He has been employed in the Insurance Industry by Aetna, USF & G–ST. Paul Companies and as Assistant Attorney General – Civil Division and Assistant Prosecutor. Mr. Johnson has argued cases before the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Appeals.




NBA Players Representation - Contracts, Endorsements and Investments

(Full Representation)


James A. Johnson, a basketball cognoscente has been certified as a NBA Players Agent by the National Basketball Players Association. Jim is a former outstanding high school and college basketball player and still plays this game. He is qualified to represent College and University Athletic Directors, Coaches, Players and Faculty.



North Carolina’s Flight To Basketball - 2008

Michigan’s Untold Story - 2008

Connecticut’s Precious Commodity - 2008

The Magnificent 400 Miles - 2008

Hoosier Hysteria - 2008

A Tribute To Texas Basketball - 2008

The Real Fountain of Youth - 2008

The Game - 2008

The Most Livable State In America - 2008

Jim concentrates on serious Personal Injury Cases, Insurance Coverage Cases relating to the CGL Policy and Intellectual Property Law with an emphasis on Sports and Entertainment Law that is national in scope.



Supreme Court of Michigan

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

Supreme Court of Texas



U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit - Atlanta, GA.

U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit - New Orleans, LA.

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan- Detroit, MI.

U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX.

James A. Johnson’s professional writings are published in law journals. Moreover, his publications are used in law school courses and symposiums at Georgetown University and other law schools. His professional articles appear in the American Bar Association Journals and American Inns of Court whose mission is to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility and legal skills. Mr. Johnson’s articles also appear in The Practicing Law Institute (PLI) seminars and course books.

*LINK to Published Articles: http://ssrn.com/author=1653603    

Helpful Links:

American Bar Association: www.americanbar.org

U.S. Copyright Office: www.copyright.gov

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: www.uspto.gov 

The White House: www.whitehouse.gov

U.S. Senate: www.senate.gov


* The Right of Publicity and the Student Athlete, 7 Elon Law Rev. 537 (2015) is judged one of the best law review articles in 2015.  It is included in the 2016 edition of the Entertainment, Publishing & the Arts Handbook published by Thomson Reuters (West).



Insuring Against Cybercrime –Know The Risks - NYSBA Journal – Vol. 91, No 4 May 2019

Are You Ready for Some Football – Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Journal - May 2018

The Art of Direct Examination – NYSBA Journal – March/April 2017

Civil RICO – The Weapon of Choice – NYSBA Journal - Nov/Dec 2016

Keeping Your Secrets Secret – NYSBA Journal – July/August 2015

Independent Filmmaking – Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Journal –Fall/Winter 2015

O’Bannon – What is The Right of Publicity? – NYSBA J – September 2014

3D Printing – The New Industrial Revolution: Innovation or Infringement? – Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Journal – Fall 2014

It is Not Time to Pay College Athletes – Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Journal- Spring 2014

The Right of Publicity: Show Me the Money – Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Journal - Fall 2013

International Trade Commission – International Law Practicum – Autumn 2012

Trial Brief –Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Journal – Summer 2012

Construction Defect Claims As Occurrences –Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Journal – Summer 2012

Reinsurance –What Practitioners Need to Know –Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Journal – Fall/Winter 2011

Music Publishing-What the Songwriter and Practitioner Need to Know –Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Journal – Fall/Winter 2011

Personal Images: The Professional Athlete’s Right of Publicity – NYSBA Journal - March 2008

Thou Shalt Not Steal: A Primer on Music Licensing - NYSBA Journal - June 2008


VERMONT BAR JOURNAL – Direct Examination - Winter 2017



Uncharged Misconduct Under Rule 404(b) – Michigan Bar Journal – May 2019

Cyber Crime Liability & Insurance – Journal of Insurance & Indemnity Law - May 2018

Long Tail Liability Claims – Michigan Bar Journal – August 2017

Hydraulic Fracturing – Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law – July 2017

A Look at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board – Michigan Lawyers Weekly May 22, 2017

3-D Printing: Creating Objects from Thin Air – Michigan Lawyers Weekly-August 2016

Additional Insured and Contractual Liability- Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law- April 2015

Implied Warranty of Plans and Specifications – Journal of Insurance & Indemnity Law-January 2015

A Tool of Advocacy – Trial Brief – Attorney at Law Magazine-Detroit Ed - August 2014

Cumis Counsel – Journal of Insurance and Indemnity law – October 2013

Builders Risk Insurance – Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law- April 2013

Persuasion in Opening Statement –Michigan Bar Journal – January 2011

Jury Argument –Winning Techniques –Michigan Bar Journal- March 2011

Cross Examination –Michigan Lawyers Weekly – June 2011

Contractual Liability and the Insured Contract –Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law - January 2012

Construction Defect Claims As Occurrences: Part III –Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law – April 2012

Construction Defect Claims As Occurrences: Part II –Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law- July 2011

Construction Defect Claims As Occurrences: Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law- January 2011

Examination Under Oath - Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law- April 2009



Cross Examination – Maryland Bar Journal – July 2015



The Changing Face and Sound of Music – Bench & Bar of Minnesota – January 2013


Identity Crisis – Texas Bar Journal – January 2014

Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees In Texas – Attorney at Law Magazine- Dallas Ed - July 2014

The Professional Athlete’s Right of Publicity –Texas Entertainment & Sports Law J – Spring 2005

A Primer on Music Licensing –Texas Entertainment & Sports Law J – Spring 2006

Member:  Texas Entertainment & Sports Law Section – SPORTS: Pro & Amateur; Music: Film & TV

Member: Texas Intellectual Property Law Section 

Member: Texas Insurance Law Section




We help to restore lives that have been changed by serious injury and other unfortunate circumstances by Legal and related Non-Legal Means.”



We also Assist and Co-Counsel with Referring Lawyers when the need arises.”


2000 Town Center

Suite 1900

Southfield, Michigan 48075

248 - 351 – 4808


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