Civil District Court Judge, Div. B - Rachael Johnson




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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Length of residence in jurisdiction 35 years
Profession Senior Staff Attorney
Present employer / position (if self-employed, what type of business) Hartford Insurance
List of post-secondary institutions attended and degrees obtained

JD, Tulane University Law School (2005)
Masters of Social Work, Smith College School for Social Work (2000)
BA Psychology, Spelman College (1998)

Civic involvement and affiliations (list up to 5)

Member of Independent Women's Organization
Paul S. Morton Sr. Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors
Pro Bono Project Board of Directors
Second Harvest Food Bank volunteer
Member of the New Orleans Chapter of The Links, Inc.

Prior elected and appointed positions

None


ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
As an attorney what is your civil court trial experience? How many civil court jury trials have you handled? What is your record for settlements?

I have been a trial attorney since law school when I worked as a student attorney representing children in juvenile court. I started my legal career as a law clerk at Civil District Court helping manage the judge's trial docket. I've worked as a litigating attorney for a plaintiff's law firm handling products liability, wrongful death and personal injury cases. I am currently a trial attorney with Hartford insurance defending cases around the state. Every case I handle is prepared in anticipation of trial, whether it goes to trial or settles. I have handled over 400 cases in this role. I handle every aspect of litigation from the service of the lawsuit through resolution. I am responsible for discovery, motion practice before the court, depositions, mediation, pre-trial matters, settlements and trial. Since working with Hartford insurance, I have tried 2 jury trials and 4 bench trials. To that end, I am settle approximately 90% of the cases I handle.

What personal experience do you have that qualifies you to be a civil district court judge?

As an attorney, I have successfully been able to navigate difficult situations without compromising my integrity while maintaining credibility. As a judge, it will be even more important to marshal these qualities in order to be a fair, independent and impartial jurist. Impartiality is a skill I honed while working as a social worker helping families cope with a variety of issues and counseling individuals and groups who were court mandated to attend. I have always been a dedicated public servant as evidenced by my ongoing service to the community. My visibility and service to the community helps break down perceived barriers that may otherwise discourage interaction between citizens and attorneys. I also bring a unique set of leadership skills that will prove essential to the role of judge. I have served as a leader in several legal and community organizations and I take pride in the successes those organizations were able to achieve under my leadership. I currently serve on the Board of Governors of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the executive boards of the New Orleans Bar Association, the Pro Bono Project and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel.

My work as a social worker taught me to respect people and differences of opinion and to always search for common ground when bringing together different perspectives in resolving issues. These skills have served me well in my legal career and will assist me in resolving issues if elected. I will also bring diversity of perspective to the bench. Having practiced as a part of both the plaintiff and defense bars makes me uniquely qualified to serve as a judge. I am also familiar with City government issues having worked as an Assistant City Attorney. I have a broad range of experiences that will serve me well on the bench and will serve to enhance the diversity of the judiciary.

How many years have you had an active law practice?

I have been a practicing attorney with an active law practice for 12 years.