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Richard Gibbs Johnson Esq. - Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Legal Malpractice Lawyer
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220 Crittenden Court Building955 West Saint Clair AvenueCleveland, OH 44113-1234
Richard Gibbs Johnson Esq.Lawyer Overview

A Leading Plaintiffs’ Attorney In The Legal Malpractice Field

Attorney Richard Gibbs Johnson, founder of the law firm of Richard G. Johnson Co., L.P.A. in 1990, is a leading practitioner in the area of plaintiffs’ legal malpractice and related legal ethics and professional responsibility issues. Mr. Johnson stands leagues apart from other Ohio law firms in devoting his practice exclusively to this niche area, and he is the only Ohio attorney who limits his practice to this area. Mr. Johnson represents clients who have suffered serious financial losses due to negligent, reckless, intentional, fraudulent, or unethical conduct on the part of their lawyers or sports agents. He holds a master’s degree in business administration as well as a juris doctorate, giving him unique insight into the business considerations surrounding high value claims. Businesses, individuals, professionals, and sports stars turn to him for experienced guidance and representation in major damage claims against their former lawyers or sports agents. Mr. Johnson is very selective in the cases he accepts: Prospective clients must have minimum economic damages of $250,000 for consideration, and prospective clients are typically charged a substantial initial review fee, which may be waived for significant claims. Cases may be taken on a contingent, hourly, or blended rate, depending upon the nature and value of the claim. Typically, bankruptcy, criminal, and domestic relations malpractice cases are handled on an hourly basis only, however, exceptions may apply in very limited circumstances.

Million-Dollar Results

Richard G. Johnson began his legal career nearly 25 years ago. Since then, he has earned a highly respected reputation for his success in handling complex legal malpractice and sports agent malpractice cases. He earned the largest settlement in the history of the Major League Baseball Players Association Grievance Arbitration on behalf of a professional baseball player against his lawyers and sports agents. Mr. Johnson has also been named among the Top Trial Lawyers in America and selected to the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, reflecting his outstanding track record of settlements and verdicts.

In Good Company

Throughout his career, Mr. Johnson has been actively involved in various professional ethics organizations, including the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility and the Ohio State Bar Association’s Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee. He is one of only a handful of attorneys in Ohio elected into the American Law Institute, arguably the most selective and important legal organization in this country.


For more information, contact the law firm of Richard G. Johnson Co., L.P.A., in Cleveland, Ohio, at 216-696-1000, by fax at 216-696-0020, or by the contact link on this page.  Typically, Mr. Johnson prefers to receive only the following information initially: (1) your complete contact info; (2) complete contact info for who you want to sue; (3) the subject matter of the underlying representation; and (4) your estimated economic damages. If Mr. Johnson does not have a conflict of interest in representing you, and if your claimed damages meet his initial threshold, he may ask you to submit a detailed factual outline, before scheduling a teleconference to discuss your matter. Mr. Johnson would in no instance become your attorney without entering into a written and executed attorney-client contract with you.

Ohio Legal Malpractice Statute Of Limitations

In general, in Ohio, you have one (1) year from the date of occurrence to bring your legal malpractice claims, that period is tolled by the lawyer’s continued legal employment on the same matter, and if you do not discover the legal malpractice during the representation, then you have one (1) year from the date that you and/or the reasonable person would/should have discovered the same. In addition, there are other tolling provisions as well as other considerations that may effect the determination of this date. As such, please keep in mind that the determination of this date is an art, not a science, and if you believe that you have valid claims to assert, you should retain an attorney immediately.

Other Options

If you cannot afford to retain me, you might consult your local legal aid society, your local or state public defender, the ACLU, any other legal clinics within your area, or the local bar associations for referrals to other lawyers. Please note that in regards to fee disputes, most bar associations have arbitration programs for the same that are free to you.

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Practice Areas
Legal MalpracticeCollege Athlete Right to Counsel CasesDisqualificationFee DisputesJudicial Ethics & ConductLegal Ethics & Professional ResponsibilitySanctionsSports Agent MalpracticeUCC Articles 3 & 4 (fiduciary forged check issues)
Current Employment Position(s)
President, since 1990
Year Joined Firm
English (Primary)
Bar Admissions
Ohio, 1990U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1991U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1991U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
Specialties and Certifications
Top Trial Lawyers in America, Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2010
Other Affiliations
American Law Institute, 2011 - Present (Member) Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, 1990 - Present (Charter Member) American Bar Association, 1990 - Present (CPR; LPM, Litigation, and TIPS Sections; CPR Publications Board 1996- 2009) Ohio State Bar Association, 1990 - Present (Legal Ethics & Professional Conduct Committee 1991-2006) Judicial Conference of the Eighth Appellate Judicial District of Ohio, 2012 - Present (Life Member) Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 1990 - Present (Member) American Association of Justice, 1990 - Present (Professional Negligence Section) Ohio Association of Justice, 1990 - Present (Member) Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, 1990 - Present (Member) Cleveland Law Library Association, 1990 - Present (Member)
Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio, May, 1990
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
Law Review: Case Western Reserve Law Review, Associate Editor & Articles Editor, 1988 - 1990
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, August, 1987
M.B.A., Master of Business Administration
Major: Banking & Finance
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, May, 1986
B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Dean's Honor List, Western Reserve Scholar
Major: Political Science
Hawken School, Gates Mills, Ohio, June, 1982
Class of 1982
Pro Bono Activities
Grand Jury Foreman, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, September 2012 Term, September 4, 2012 - December 27, 2012Member, Publications Board, Center for Professional Responsibility, American Bar Association, 1996 - 2009Member, Legal Ethics & Professional Conduct Committee, Ohio State Bar Association, 1991 - 2006Trial Co-Counsel for Relator, Ohio State Bar Association v. Kanter, 86 Ohio St. 3d 554, 715 N.E.2d 1140 (1999), 1998 - 1999Chairman, Subcommittee to Review the Bell Commission Report, Legal Ethics & Professional Conduct Committee, Ohio State Bar Association, 1996 - 1997Chairman, Subcommittee on Lawyer Referral Services, Legal Ethics & Professional Conduct Committee, Ohio State Bar Association, 1992 - 1994Member, Inquiry Review Subcommittee, Ethics Committee, Cuyahoga County Bar Association, 1991 - 1998
Classes and Seminars
SPORTS LAW SYMPOSIUM: Commercialization of Amateur Sports and the Exploitation of its Players, Jacksonville, Florida, Florida Coastal School of Law, April 16, 2010
Ethics, Professionalism, and Substance Abuse: A Look at the Lawyer's Creed from an Everyday Lawyer's Perspective . . . Practice Professionalism Always and Everyday, Poland, Ohio, Clair M. Carlin, L.L.C., November 4, 2004
Mid-Year Meeting: Ethical Duties and Rule 11 Sanctions: Consistencies and Inconsistencies, San Antonio, Texas, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, February 6, 2004
Ethics Luncheon Series: The Ten Dumbest Things Lawyers Do, Youngstown, Ohio, Mahoning County Bar Association, October 12, 2000
Current Issues in the Area of Ethics and Substance Abuse: The Snitch Rule: The Scope of an Attorney's Obligation to Report the Ethical Violations of Members of the Bar, Cleveland, Ohio, Cuyahoga County Bar Association, December 13, 1991
Top Trial Lawyers in America, Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2010 - Present
Representative Clients
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Office Information
220 Crittenden Court Building955 West Saint Clair AvenueCleveland, OH 44113-1234
Office Hours
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Richard G. Johnson, Opinion: Call to Action: Time for Congress to Govern College Sports, SPORTS BUS. J., May. 5, 2014, at 21, May 5, 2014
Richard G. Johnson, Opinion: Solution to NCAA: Legislate Free Market into College Sports, SPORTS BUS. J., Sept. 19, 2011, at 29, September 19, 2011
Richard G. Johnson (with Alton L. Stephens), Reflections on Twenty Years of Legal Malpractice: A Bilateral Interview, 4:1 CLEVELAND METRO. B. ASS’N J. 34 (July/August 2011), July/August, 2011
Richard G. Johnson, Submarining Due Process: How the NCAA Uses its Restitution Rule to Deprive College Athletes of their Right of Access to the Courts … Until Oliver v. NCAA, 11:4 FLA. COASTAL L. REV. 459 (2010), Summer, 2010
Richard G. Johnson (with Hon. Joseph D. Russo & Jack DeSario), A Legal, Political, and Ethical Analysis of Judicial Selection in Ohio: A Proposal for Reform, 38:4 CAP. U. L. REV. 825 (2010), Summer, 2010
Richard G. Johnson, Feedback, Slaves on the NCAA's Plantation?: No Due Process for 360,000 Student-Athletes, LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER, Mar. 1, 2010, at A-9, March 1, 2010Richard G. Johnson, Integrating Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11, 37:3 LOYOLA L.A. LAW REV. 819 (2004) [available at], Winter, 2004Richard G. Johnson, Editor, GEORGENE M. VAIRO, RULE 11 SANCTIONS, American Bar Association, Third Edition, 2004Richard G. Johnson, Attorney's Fees and D.R. 2-107 Revisited, 4:2 OHIO TRIAL 17 (1993), Spring, 1993
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