James W. Johnson was a founding Member of Ricci Tyrrell Johnson & Grey and is now Of Counsel to the Firm. He has over 40 years of commercial and casualty litigation and trial experience with an emphasis in general negligence, premises liability, maritime, and products liability law. He also has extensive experience in handling professional liability, property damage, maritime and general insurance coverage issues, subrogation, and advising clients on risk management issues. Mr. Johnson’s degree in engineering has enabled him to be particularly effective in these areas of the law.
Mr. Johnson obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and then served three years as a marine safety officer in the U.S. Coast Guard with responsibilities including engineering inspector for new vessel construction and general vessel repairs, and a prosecuting officer in administrative proceedings. As an attorney, he has extensive experience with U.S. Coast Guard administrative proceedings and investigations as well as regulatory issues governing the professional licensing of state and federal pilots in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
James W. Johnson received his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. He is admitted to the Bars of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is also admitted in the Federal District Court of New Jersey; the Eastern, Middle, and Western Federal Districts of Pennsylvania; the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals; and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is designated as a Proctor Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States specializing in maritime law. Mr. Johnson holds an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest possible peer review rating for ethics and legal ability.
Mr. Johnson is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the American Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute. His practice includes regional representation of clients with nationwide litigation concerns in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as acting as trial counsel in particularly serious cases in other jurisdictions.