Lynn R. Johnson

Principal Since 1974

Location

Kansas City, Missouri

Phone

816-474-0004

Fax

816-474-0003

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Lynn joined the firm as an associate in 1970 and became a partner in 1974. He quickly became nationally recognized as a trial attorney for his life-long devotion to the protection of individual rights and the enforcement of individual and corporate responsibility. As a trial attorney, he has devoted his career to representing individuals by fighting for their rights for safe products, safe health care and safe lives through the civil justice system.

Raised on the family farm in western Kansas, Lynn learned the importance of individual responsibility. He learned early on to be responsible for his own conduct. If something that he did had an impact on someone else, he took responsibility for it. That basic moral and legal concept directly relates to Lynn’s work as a trial attorney fighting to protect the rights of individual consumers when they are injured as a result of irresponsible conduct by others.

Lynn’s formal education, which began in a one-room country schoolhouse in Kanona, KS, led to an undergraduate degree from Kansas State University in 1967 and Juris Doctorate degree with honors from Washburn University School of Law in 1970. He is a life member of the Alumni Associations of both universities and has served as President of the Washburn Law School Association.

Lynn is married to Jacqueline Lovelace Johnson. Jackie has served for many years as Chair of the Board of Directors of Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute in Albuquerque, NM, the second largest respiratory research institute in the United States. Jackie and Lynn have one son, William Randolph (Randy) Johnson Lovelace.

Lynn has been recognized for many years by his peers in Kansas, Missouri and the United States as one of the best trial attorneys in the country. Lynn is currently rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and has been rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell since 1976.

Lynn shares his expertise by being a frequent lecturer/presenter at trial attorney continuing legal education events throughout the country. Over his career he has made more than 100 CLE presentations.

Peer Recognition, Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell
    • Rated AV Preeminent (5.0 out of 5)
    • Rated AV since 1976
    • http://www.martindale.com/
  • Best Lawyers in America
    • Listed for 24 years
    • 2nd Edition, 1987 through 16th Edition, 2010
    • http://www.bestlawyers.com/
  • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers
    • 2005 2009
  • Top 50 Kansas City Area Super Lawyers 2006
    • Top 100 Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers 2006
    • Top 50 Kansas City Area Super Lawyers 2007
    • Top 100 Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers 2007
    • Top 50 Kansas City Area Super Lawyers 2008
    • Top 100 Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers 2008
    • Top 50 Kansas City Area Super Lawyers 2009
    • Top 100 Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers 2009
  • Kansas City Business Journal, Best of the Bar
    • 2002 – 2009
  • The Inner Circle of Advocates, Member, 1997 present
    • Invitation Only
    • Membership limited to 100 plaintiffs trial attorneys in the United States
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 1994 present
    • Invitation Only
    • Board of Directors (2010-2013)
    • Membership limited to 500 trial attorneys in the United States
    • Admissions Committee (1998-2001; 2004 2007)
    • Budget and Finance Committee (2007 2010)
    • International Relations Committee (2008 2011)
    • State Chair Committee (2001 present)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow, 1995 present
    • Invitation only
    • Membership limited to top 1% of attorneys within each individual state
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Diplomat, 1987 present
    • Invitation only, http://www.abota.org/
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 2008 present
    • Invitation only
    • Membership limited to top 100 plaintiffs trial attorneys within each state,
    • Executive Committee (2009 present)
  • Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission,
    • Chair, July 1, 1993 – June 30, 2001
    • Elected Chair by Kansas attorneys
  • KTLA / KSAJ Arthur C. Hodgson Award, 1999
    • Kansas Trial Lawyers Association / Kansas Association for Justice Highest Award
  • Washburn Law School Association Distinguished Service Award, 2001
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLAmerica),
    • Member, 2009 present
    • National Advisory Board, 2009 – Present

Areas of Practice

  • Safe Products
  • Safe Health Care
  • Safe Lives
  • Civil Justice

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas, 1970
  • Missouri, 1991

Education

  • Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas
    • D. – June, 1970
    • Honors: With Honors
  • Kansas State University
    • S. – June, 1967
    • Major: Accounting

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Washburn Law School Association, Life Member
  • Washburn Law School Association, Board of Governors, 1987 – 1998
  • Washburn Law School Association, Vice President, 1990 – 1992
  • Washburn Law School Association, President-Elect, 1992 – 1994
  • Washburn Law School Association, President, 1994 – 1996
  • Kansas Bar Association, Member, 1970 – Present
  • Kansas Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1995 – 2001
  • Kansas Bar Association, Legislative Committee, 1986 – 1994
  • Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, Board of Editors, 1977 – 1988
  • Kansas Bar Association, Nominating Committee, 1985 – 1988
  • Kansas Bar Association, Litigation Section, Chairman, 1982 – 1983
  • Missouri Bar Association, Member, 1991 – Present
  • Kansas Association for Justice, Member/Eagle Member, 1970 – Present
  • Kansas Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 1975 – Present
  • Kansas Association for Justice, President Elect, 1977 – 1978
  • Kansas Association for Justice, President, 1978 – 1979
  • Kansas Association for Justice, Crown Center Seminar Chair, 1973 – 1977
  • Kansas Association for Justice, Crown Center Seminar Chair, 2006 – 2010
  • Kansas Association for Justice Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2002 – Present
  • Kansas Association for Justice Foundation, Treasurer, Board of Trustees, 2002 – 2006
  • Kansas Association for Justice Foundation, Chair, Board of Trustees, 2006 – 2010
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Member, 1991 – Present
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Board of Governors, 2004 – Present
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Amicus Curiae Committee, 2006 – Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member/Sustaining Member, 1970 – Present
  • American Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 1987 – 1991
  • American Association for Justice, Amicus Curiae Committee, 1991 – 1993
  • American Association for Justice, Ethical Conduct Committee, 1989 – 1992
  • American Association for Justice, Chair, 1991 – 1992
  • American Association for Justice, Federal Rules Jurisdiction and Venue Committee, 1990 – 1993
  • American Association for Justice, Co-Chair, Federal Rules, Jurisdiction and Venue Committee, 1989 – 1990
  • American Association for Justice, Chair, American Inns of Court Committee, 1988 – 1991
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1970 – Present
  • Johnson County Bar Association, Member, 1970 – Present
  • Wyandotte County Bar Association, Member, 1970 – Present
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member/Sustaining Member, 1970 – Present
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group, Member, 1992 – Present
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group, Member, 1992 – Present
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group, Board of Directors, 2000 – Present
  • Kansas Legal Services Corporation, Board of Directors, 1976 – 1985
  • National Center for State Courts, Sustaining Associate, 1998 – Present
  • National Judicial College, Board of Visitors, 2004 – 2008
  • Thomas E. Lambert, Jr. Endowed Chair Trust, Gold Chair Trustee
  • Tenth Circuit Historical Society, Life Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Life Member / President’s Club, Kansas State University Alumni Association
  • Calvin Club Partner, Kansas State University Alumni Association
  • Mike Ahearn Scholarship Fund (Champions Club), Kansas State University Alumni Association
  • Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City
  • Center for Justice and Democracy
  • Midwest Innocence Project
  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri
  • Kansas City Zoo Learning Fund
  • Public Citizen
  • Sierra Club
  • The Wilderness Society
  • American Royal Association
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Medical Missions Foundation
  • Alumni Association, Kansas State Chapter of Acacia Fraternity, 1967 – Present

Call us at 1-816-474-0004 to learn more about ways we can help you receive justice and recover money. Or, schedule a free consultation at our offices in Kansas City or Overland Park. We represent clients throughout Kansas City and the Midwest region.

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