Tom Johnson practices in the areas of internal investigations, regulatory and legislative affairs, and environmental and land use law. He represents a variety of public and private clients in matters involving local, state, and federal government activities. Tom was the Hennepin County Attorney from 1979-1991 and served on the Minneapolis City Council from 1973-1977.
He lectures frequently on legislative, regulatory, investigative, and environmental issues and has published numerous articles for both legal and business audiences. He has provided counsel in many high-profile matters, including investigations of higher education institutions and the environmental review of the Minnesota Gopher football stadium and Minnesota Twins’ baseball stadium. He regularly assists developer and landowner clients in land use issues, particularly relating to environmental remediation, project financing, and development agreements.
Tom has been an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School. He has also served on the board of directors for many state and national organizations and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Quality Award, the President’s Award from the National District Attorney’s Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Professional Excellence Award, and the Attorney Professionalism Award from the Hennepin County Bar Association. Most recently, he was awarded the Attorney of the Year/Circle of Excellence Award from Minnesota Lawyer.
Tom brings three strengths to his client representation. First, he has a vast knowledge of litigation and investigative strategies, public policy issues, and political solutions gained from his 16 years in public office, including 12 years as the elected prosecutor for Hennepin County. Second, Tom has a creative, problem-solving mind that often allows him to quickly find solutions to legal problems at less cost to his clients. Finally, Tom is widely respected for his professionalism and personal integrity.