Roger C. Johnson founded the law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot in September of 1979. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the National Law Center of George Washington University, receiving his Juris Doctor degree in 1977. During 1977 and 1978, he was law clerk to the Honorable George H. Revercomb, who at that time served as a trial judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Mr. Johnson was trial counsel in Redd v. Product Development Corporation, in which he obtained the largest settlement in the District of Columbia history for his client, Ethel Jane Redd, who was dragged by a rampaging truck at 16th and K Streets in Washington, D.C. One year later, he obtained the second largest District of Columbia settlement in the case of Shover v. Stella Steel. This settlement was obtained on behalf of a young construction worker who sustained a severe brain injury while working on the construction of a new building in downtown Washington. Following these two settlements, Mr. Johnson was featured on a front page article in the Style section of The Washington Post entitled “The Man Who Makes Them Pay.”
In March of 2006, Mr. Johnson was inducted into the International Society of Barristers. In December 2009, he was again recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the area's “top 1%” of personal injury lawyers. He was also named one of “America’s Best Lawyers” for 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Mr. Johnson continues to serve as one of four lead counsel in a series of lawsuits nationwide involving the use of railroad, pipeline and utility right-of-ways for the placement of fiber-optic cable. The plaintiffs in these cases are farmers and other landowners who have rights to the subsurface on virtually every railroad right-of-way. The defendants include AT&T, Sprint, WorldCom, Qwest and other major railroad and telecommunications companies.
In addition to his profession responsibilities as an attorney, Mr. Johnson is currently a Director of United Bank of Virginia, a regional bank with more than 112 full services offices in the Mid-Atlantic area. He has been active in the Big Brothers of Washington, D.C. and is a past “Big Brother of the Year.” He has coached baseball in the Capitol City Little League and girls’ basketball in Montgomery County, Maryland. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Carolyn McKenney. They have three children.