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Andrea-Johnson
Andrea M. Johnson
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Phone: (248) 254-4844

Fax: (248) 254-4831

Andrea Johnson is an accomplished litigator who aggressively defends her clients in state and federal courts, and in administrative proceedings before government agencies.

Her broad practice includes the defense of employment, commercial, and general liability matters for schools, businesses, and municipalities, and the representation of condemning agents in eminent domain actions.

Andrea is a fierce advocate and a tough negotiator. The outcomes she obtains can be attributed to extensive preparation and close working relationships with her clients. By digging into the intricacies of each case, she develops an exhaustive understanding of the favorable and unfavorable aspects of her client’s position, avoids surprises, and achieves the most favorable result. This attention to detail has earned her clients’ trust and confidence, as well as recognition from her peers, as demonstrated by her selection as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in multiple years.

At all times, Andrea’s focus is on the best interests of her clients, which often means protecting against risk and staying away from the courtroom. She conducts in-depth consultation to draft contracts, severance agreements, and handbook provisions, and provides practical advice relating to the discipline and possible termination of employees to prevent litigation and minimize liability and exposure. Her extensive knowledge of the law allows her to anticipate claims and create strategies to effectuate successful outcomes.

In addition to her active litigation practice, Andrea coordinates and manages large-scale land acquisition projects on behalf of a Michigan energy transmission company. She closely collaborates with the client on tactics and approaches that deliver fast, cost-effective results that enable projects to move forward on time and as planned.

After earning her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Michigan, Andrea attended law school at the University of Detroit Mercy, where she served as Title Editor of the Law Review and President of the Women’s Law Caucus. She received the Jerome P. Cavanagh Scholarship and was inducted into the Justice Frank Murphy Honor Society, an honor reflecting her place among the top ten percent of her class.

Education

    • University of Detroit Mercy Law School,
      Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2004
    • Title Editor, University of Detroit Mercy Law Review
    • Jerome P. Cavanagh Scholarship Recipient
    • Justice Frank Murphy Honor Society
    • President, Women’s Law Caucus

  • University of Michigan,
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 2001
  • Executive Vice President, Alpha Delta Pi
  • Order of Omega

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Professional Groups

  • International Right of Way Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Labor & Employment Law, Negligence Law, and Young Lawyers Sections
  • Oakland County Bar Association
    Labor & Employment Law Section and New Lawyers Committee
  • Oakland County Circuit Court
    Case Evaluator, Employment Law Panel

Publications

  • “Rejected Religious Discrimination Claim Still Gives Us Things to Consider,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly, January 7, 2008
  • “Governmental Immunity Within the State of Michigan Contains Only Five Statutory Exceptions and Section 7 of Michigan Compiled Laws 691.1407(1) Does Not Grant a Trespass-Nuisance Exception to Municipality Immunity,” University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, Winter 2004

Presentations

  • “Employment Practice Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them,” Michigan Township Association Educational Conference and Expo, January 2013