Roger Alan Johnson

Roger Alan Johnson

Managing Partner
Joplin, Missouri
(417) 206-0100

From the time Roger was young, his brain seemed to be wired to look at an issue with logic, a demand for proof, and the ability to think quickly to argue a position. As a young man, he thought he wanted to teach English literature, but he decided to go to law school, and the more he began to understand the nobility of this old profession, the more he was sure he had found his place.

Roger believes his role as a trial lawyer is the best job in the world. It’s a profession where social order brings hope and restores balance for those who have suddenly found themselves in dire need, sometimes in desperation. The life and role of a trial lawyer brings Roger daily satisfaction -- even with the stressors and the stories he hears from folks in pain – that something positive and something beautiful can spring from dedication, hard work, and caring.

Roger believes that his accomplishments in life are more to the credit of loyal, sacrificing family, partners and support staff. Being inducted as a Fellow in the American College, being awarded the Tom Strong award, or the jury results on numerous cases – these are gratifying to consider, but Roger realizes that he had great company in making these happen. In reality, the shared nature of any of these personal or professional accomplishments makes them all the better for Roger.

At the core of Roger’s success is his family. Roger gives full credit to his wife, Piper, for the shaping of their three daughters, Tati, Tosca and Thisbe, whom Roger refers to as “the personification of ‘truth and beauty,’” and after many years of hard-work and sacrifice, Roger and Piper are now able to enjoy each other’s company more than ever before.

“We will be honest. We will care. We will do everything we can to restore your ability to control your life and to help you thrive again. We will do so with an aggressive approach that has an end in sight for you. We will not forget your trust when you place it in us. We will talk to you, and will realize you are not just a case but a person.”

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Vehicular Accidents
  • Dangerous Products
  • Dangerous Premises
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Civil Rights - Employment

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1991
  • Missouri, 1997
  • Kansas, 1998
  • Oklahoma, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Western District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2013


  • University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas
    • J.D. - 1991
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
    • M.A. - 1990
  • Missouri Southern State College, Joplin, Missouri
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1987

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent, 2006 - 2014
  • Lawyer of the Year by Lawyers Weekly USA, 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated Lawyer
  • Kansas Super Lawyers, 2011 - 2012
  • Missouri Super Lawyers, 2011 - 2012
  • Influential Appellate Lawyer 2013 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly
  • Super Lawyers for Missouri and Kansas for Personal Injury – Plaintiffs, 2011 - 2014
  • Best Lawyer recipient 2014 for Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Products Liability
  • Nominee for Lawyer of the Year for 2013 by Public Justice
  • Medical Malpractice Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year" by Missouri Lawyers Weekly
  • Thomas G. Strong Award 2015 Recipient by Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Best Lawyer Recipient 2015 Plaintiff's "Lawyer of the Year" - Malpractice - Springfield

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1997 - Present
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Board of Governors, 1997 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

Past Employment Positions

  • Hershewe & Gulick, Associate, 1997 - 2002
  • McCormick, Barstow, et al, Associate, 1991 - 1997