Paul C. Johnson

Shareholder

Since joining our firm, Paul has worked on many diverse types of cases, including professional liability matters involving attorneys, accountants, real estate and insurance agents; products liability cases; civil rights claims; insurance coverage issues; and general liability matters. He presently focuses his practice on personal injury matters in transportation/trucking liability, premises liability, motor vehicle and municipal liability, and he defends all asbestos matters for the firm in the state of New Jersey.

Paul has handled close to a thousand asbestos matters and has represented plumbing, electrical, building and auto supply companies, as well as industrial boiler manufacturers and drywall product manufacturers in asbestos matters. In his career, he has represented a variety of small and large trucking companies in motor vehicle accidents and had the opportunity to handle many municipality matters throughout central and southern New Jersey on a variety of casualty claims.

Paul graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Scranton with a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy, in 1987. Following his graduation, Paul worked as a legal assistant in his father's law office before entering law school. Paul graduated from Villanova University School of Law in 1991.

After completing law school, Paul held a judicial clerkship in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division in Ocean County, New Jersey. He had the opportunity to work with four different judges in this vicinage through a rotating clerkship program. Paul clerked for the Honorable James D. Clyne, the Honorable Peter J. Giovine, the Honorable Francis D. Piscal, and the Honorable Rosalie B. Cooper.

Following the one-year clerkship, in the fall of 1992, Paul worked for the Legal Aid Society of Mercer County in Trenton, New Jersey, becoming the managing attorney for the housing unit in 1994.

Significant Representative Matters

Obtained Summary Judgment for a contractor that retained a trucking company to deliver fuel products where the settlement demand had been $3 million.

Obtained defense verdict at trial in a negligent maintenance claim against a forklift repair company where settlement demand was $250,000.

Successfully obtained summary judgment for auto parts supplier in asbestos case where the settlement demand had been $350,000.

Compelled defense and indemnification from a transportation carrier on behalf of a warehouse facility in a claim alleging negligent loading of the tractor trailer arguing New Jersey's loading and unloading exclusions.

Successfully extended the scope of the Tort Claims Act threshold in a precedent setting case so that it did not automatically exclude all injuries where temporary hardware, such as pins or rods, had been temporarily used to facilitate healing of a fracture.

Obtained a defense verdict in a forklift accident case through the use at trial of an engineering expert and an orthopedic medical expert.

Through the use of an accident reconstructionist, a biomechanical expert, orthopedic, neurological, and neuropsychiatric experts, resolved a trucking case for significantly less than the over $1 million demand.

Representative Cases

Gaskill v. Mount Holly Township

Classes/Seminars Taught

New Jersey Recent Court Rulings Affecting the Asbestos Litigation: Proving Cross-Claims, Forum Non Conveniens, Bankruptcy Trusts, Bare Metal, etc., HarrisMartin's New Jersey Asbestos Litigation Conference, February 13, 2019

Employment Law, Liability Risks and Ethics

Employment Law Overview of Federal and New Jersey Statutes and Case Law

Claims Against Public Entities - New Jersey Tort Claims Act

Update on Tort Reform Issues in New Jersey and Effect on Transportation Cases

Published Works

"'Bare-Ly' There – Third Circuit Strips Down Bare Metal Defense in Maritime Law," Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018

"Pushing the Tort Claims Act Threshold," Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 3, September 2005

"Moving the Goalposts -Expansion of the Tort Claims Act Threshold," Defense Digest, Vol. 10, No. 1, March 2004

"UM/UIM 'Step Down' May Step Up to the New Jersey Supreme Court," Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 4, December 2003

"'Show Me The Money' Not Always Required by the NJ Charitable Immunity Act," Redwoods Group Articles of Interest Series, November 2003

"Employer Liability under the FMLA," Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 3, September 2003

"'Show Me The Money' Not Always Required by the NJ Charitable Immunity Act," Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 2, June 2003

"Employment Law -Liability, Risks and Ethics," Insurance Society of Philadelphia, October 2002

"Beware of Freudian Slips -Psychologist/Patient Privilege in New Jersey," Defense Digest, Vol. 8, No. 3, September 2002

Admissions
New Jersey
1991
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
1991
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
1991
Education
Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 1991)
University of Scranton (B.S., magna cum laude, 1987)
Honors & awards
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®

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Associations & memberships
American Bar Association
Mercer County Bar Association
Year joined
1995