Name


HON. HURL WILLIAM JOHNSON, RET.

  • Available in Northern California
  • Available for Mediation, Arbitration, and Private Judging assignments

Introduction

Judge Johnson retired from the Stanislaus County Superior Court in September of 2014 after 20 years of distinguished service. His most recent assignment included presiding over the civil direct calendar where he handled almost every case type including medical malpractice, civil rights, breach of contract, product liability, complex personal injury, employment, insurance coverage, eminent domain, probate, construction defect and class action cases. During this time he heard civil law and motion in addition to numerous jury and court trials many of them lasting several months and covering all matters of civil litigation. As a result, Judge Johnson became very proactive in case management and was an avid proponent of early resolution of cases and as such he dedicated his last 5 years on the bench to participating in as many voluntary settlement conferences as possible. Prior to his appointment, Judge Johnson was a partner at a prominent Modesto law firm with a focus on public entity liability and insurance matters. He is known for being "professional," "personable" and always "well prepared." One attorney commented, "He has a great grasp of the law and is committed to helping the parties reach an early resolution. His dedication in this regard is unparalleled."

Specialties

Hobbies & Interests

Judge Johnson enjoys playing tennis but his real passion is in restoring and collecting antiques.












Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Of Counsel, McCormick Barstow, LLP (2014-Present)
  • Professor, Humphreys Law School (2008-Present)
  • Judge, Stanislaus County Superior Court (1997-2014)
  • President, Wray Ladine Inns of Court (1999)
  • Judge, Stanislaus County Municipal Court (1994-1997)
  • President, Stanislaus County Bar Association (1994)
  • Partner, Crabtree, Schmidt, Zeff, Jacobs and Johnson (1989-1994)
  • Senior Deputy City Attorney, City of Modesto (1986-1989)
  • Senior Deputy District Attorney, Stanislaus County and Alameda County (1981-1986)
  • Associate, Law Offices of W. James Snyder (1977-1979)
  • Member, California Judges’ Association

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • “Mediating the Litigated Case,” Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute (2014)
  • Master Degree Public Administration, California State University Stanislaus (1989)
  • J.D. University Of San Diego School Of Law (1977)
  • B.A., California State University Hayward (1974)

Achievements & Awards

  • Throughout his judicial career Judge Johnson dedicated his time to teaching numerous classes for the California Judges Association as well as MCLE classes for the Stanislaus County Bar Association on evidence, trial techniques and case management.

Legal Experience

  • Family Law
  • Probate
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Insurance

Representative Case Information

Recent Representative Cases

Business/Commercial

Complex Commercial

  • Suit between adjoining business owners over water damages alleged to have resulted from poor maintenance repairs of water pipes/fountain of adjoining owner. Significant water damage requiring extensive repairs, remediation and loss of rental to damaged property. Conducted on-site mediation, able to resolve monetary damages on day of mediation but the issues of injunctive relief to protect against future water damages took several weeks with mediator actively involved in resolving issues.

Contractual

  • Pre-litigation mediation where parties requested mediator help resolve buy-out of highly compensated medical doctor from medical group and value of practice. Resulted in a successful buy-out of the doctor leaving the group to open his own practice while maintaining a good working relationship with all doctors for on-going future service to their patients and for referrals between the practices.
  • Consumers Legal Remedies Act arbitration and related causes of action dealing with purchase of motor vehicle from a dealership. Case very well presented by counsel during two day arbitration, counsel agreed upon partial settlement and remaining issues decided by arbitration in written decision.

Employment

A D A

  • Mediation of wrongful discharge/disability discrimination, employee of large public entity alleged disability discrimination and wrongful discharge which was aggressively denied. Protracted litigation over several years and parties were able to reach amicable resolution.

Breach of Contract

  • Breach of contract/severance damages between former executive and large private company. Parties had not been successful in mediation done by another and matter scheduled for a binding arbitration. Acting as arbitrator able to assist parties in reaching an agreement before the matter submitted.

Hostile Environment

  • Mediation of sexual harassment case between an employee of a large health care provider resulting in amicable resolution.

Environment

Environmental Issues

  • Handled/presided over several water right cases while on the bench and had a few lengthy trials involving Modesto Irrigation District, Turlock Irrigation District and Oakdale Irrigation District involving water rights dispute between the irrigation districts and local communities which required analysis of water law and historical deeds/documents going back over a hundred years or more.

Probate

Estates/Trusts

  • Early dispute resolution of property division between competing family factions. Mediation resulted in division of real and personal property including a 'buy OUT' provision of on-going business saving the parties from a prolonged and expensive probate litigation.
  • Mediation of breach of fiduciary duties/accounting, undue influence, and trust litigation. Mediation resulted in resolution of all issues and helped improve relationship and trusts of family members.
  • Retained as a private judge to resolve all probate/conservatorship issues amongst competing family matters. Case involved differing religious beliefs and manner and place of burial of decedent.

Tort

Civil Rights

  • Excessive use of force case filed in Federal Court by plaintiff against several police officers and City. Plaintiff claimed officer used excessive force in wrongfully arresting plaintiff and in handcuffing. Plaintiff received severe injuries to right arm, three fracture sites requiring multiple surgeries and residual injurie to arm. Lengthy litigation and hotly contested, matter resolved with significant award and attorney fees.

Personal Injury

  • Plaintiff sustained serious and permanent injuries when vehicle he was driving collided with a horse on roadway- the horse has escaped from an auction yard, struck by plaintiff's vehicle and landed on windshield of vehicle. Multiple defendants, causation and liability issues. Parties able to resolve after extensive mediation.

Premises Liability

  • Elderly Plaintiff seriously injured while visiting a patient in a hospital. Mediation involved dangerous condition component as well as interesting medical malpractice component of 'MICRA' which, if liability was found and MICRA found to apply, would limit recovery of general damages. Matter resolved for a significant awarded.

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