Chair, Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility
Phillip E. Johnson has served as a trial lawyer since 1975, and is the founding partner of Johnson & Webbert, LLP. Over his lengthy career, he has amassed a broad range of experience in cases ranging from personal injury to complex antitrust. He currently specializes in cases involving professional liability (including legal and medical malpractice), aviation, product liability, personal injury and employment law. He also regularly serves as a mediator helping plaintiffs and defendants achieve settlements in lawsuits. Phil graduated from Miami University (Ohio) in 1972 and Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1975 where he was an editor of Law Review. After graduation, he practiced with a major Cleveland law firm for three years before relocating to Maine where for years he was a partner in Maine’s largest firm. He established his current firm in 1992. Phil is listed in Best Lawyers in America and New England Super Lawyers.
Phil has also devoted himself to improving the legal profession. He served on the Board of Governors of the Maine State Bar Association and the Board of Governors of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association. He also served on the Professional Ethics Commission of the Board of Overseers of the Bar from 2000 through 2007, holding the position of Chair during the last five years of his term. He served on the Ethics 2000 Task Force established by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to improve Maine’s ethics rules. Phil regularly serves as a consultant to lawyers and law firms on ethics matters, and he has qualified on numerous occasions as an expert witness in state and federal court in legal malpractice cases. He has authored nearly 100 articles on professional responsibility for the Maine Lawyers Review and The Ethical Lawyer published by the Maine State Bar Association, and he is a frequent speaker at legal seminars in Maine and around the country.