Stephen W. Johnson was born in Los Angeles in 1951.  Mr. Johnson attended Loyola High School of Los

     Angeles, Loyola Marymount University, and Schiller College or Paris, France.  A former collegiate athlete,

     he played on several rugby league and division championship teams (Player of the Year) and a national

     championship football team. 

     Mr. Johnson has 38 years experience as a civil litigation attorney, and has tried hundreds of cases, including

     many complicated jury trials.  He graduated from Loyola Law School in 1976, law clerked before graduation

     for a Wilshire Boulevard insurance defense litigation firm, and became corporate counsel leading the corporate

     legal department of a Los Angeles-based oil company.  He has been in private practice in San Luis Obispo

     since 1979 handling business, real estate and personal injury law and litigation. 

     He is a member of the State Bar of California and San Luis Obispo Bar associations (past President) and the

     Central Coast Trial Lawyers Association (past Trial Attorney of the Year and past President); a past arbitrator

     for the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court; an appointed Hearing Board Officer for the San Luis Obispo

     County Air Pollution Control District Hearing Board; part chairman of the Bar Association's County Judicial

     Evaluation Poll; past member of the SLO County Mock Trial Committee; a past arbitrator for the SLO County

     Bar Association; Charter and Board member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de

     Tolosa; member of the Avila Business Association; founding member of the See Canyon Watershed Group;

     the Avila Valley Advisory Council; and a Trustee of the Avila Beach Community Foundation.  

     Mr. Johnson has served on many community boards of directors, including the San Luis Youth Symphony,

     Alpha, San Luis Yacht Club, Old Mission Church and Rotary Club.  He is also very involved in Special Olympics

     with his Down syndrome daughter, Collette.

     In his spare time Mr. Johnson likes to ranch, garden, cook, sail and travel.  

     Mr. Johnson has owned and lived on a commercial fruit ranch in See Canyon since 1989, where he raised

     three children and lives with his wife, Liz. 

  • Respect, Communication, Integrity, Dedication, Experience and Results 

  • Trial Lawyer of the Year

  • Past President of the Central Coast Trial Lawyers Association

  • Past President of the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association​

Celebrating Over 35 Years of Practicing Law in SLO County

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