Roger F. Johnson

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Roger Johnson, a doctor and lawyer, is widely regarded as the “dean” of medical malpractice defense in Colorado. He has helped shape the landscape of medical malpractice law for medical practitioners. His casework speaks for itself.

An AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review RatedSM attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®, Dr. Johnson is a shareholder and founding member of the law firm of Kresl & Johnson. He started his legal career with three years as a law officer and Judge Advocate General in the United States Army. During his time in the Army, he appeared in more than 200 trials by Courts- Martial.

Following his military service, Dr. Johnson spent two years as law clerk to Judge Orie L. Phillips, Chief Judge of the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. During this time, he graduated from the University of Colorado Medical School in 1962 and completed his medical training in 1963.

From 1963 through 1985, Dr. Johnson practiced diversified litigation law in the daytime and emergency medicine at night, principally at Denver General Hospital. Since 1985, he has continued to devote his time to litigation of numerous civil claims including—

  • Defense of medical malpractice claims
  • Representation of plaintiffs in personal injury matters
  • Business litigation
  • Representation of persons with various insurance claims including claims for disability benefits

Over the years, Dr. Johnson has tried more than 200 civil cases throughout Colorado and the United States.  He has served on numerous legal, medical, and community committees in various capacities.  In response to the need for improved malpractice defense for Colorado’s physicians, Dr. Johnson co-founded COPIC, Colorado’s largest malpractice insurance company.

Dr. Johnson’s teaching affiliations are numerous, including courses at the University of Denver, College of Law and at the University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center. He has also given numerous lectures for medical and legal societies.  He is the author of a number of articles in medical and legal publications.


Bar admissions

  • Colorado, 1953
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1953
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1953

Professional memberships and associations

  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Medical Society
  • Colorado Medical Society
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
    • President, 1968
  • American College of Legal Medicine, Fellow
  • The American College of Emergency Physicians