SUSAN JOHNSON initially was elected to serve as State District Court Judge, Department 22, on January 2, 2007, and thereafter, overwhelmingly re-elected twice, in 2008 and 2014, with over 82% and 75% of the vote, respectively. She hears criminal, civil and construction defect matters. Judge Johnson has been a resident of the greater Las Vegas area since November 1963. She graduated from Ed. W. Clark High School in 1977 and UNLV in 1982, where she acquired her Bachelor of Science in business administration with a dual major in public accounting and investment finance. She thereafter graduated from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, in 1985, and has been a member of the Nevada and California State Bars since 1985 and 1986, respectively. Judge Johnson is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court, District of Nevada (since 1985), Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (since 1986), and United States Supreme Court (since 1989).
Before assuming the bench, Judge Johnson, then an attorney of over 21 years, was A-V rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and the President/Sole Shareholder of her own law firm, whose practice included civil litigation, personal injury, security and/or premises claims, domestic or family law, wills and simple estate planning. Her background also includes insurance and civil rights defense, and having an active trial practice. Judge Johnson also acted as an arbitrator, who has arbitrated at least 600 matters, mediator, Settlement Judge for the Nevada Supreme Court, short-trial judge for the Eighth Judicial District Court, Judge Pro Tempore for Las Vegas Justice Court, as well as Hearing Master in child support cases. She has taught several CLE courses and spoken at various seminars/conferences during her career, including, but not limited to that dealing with arbitration, constructional defects, rules of civil procedure, professional responsibility, personal injury cases from start to finish and uninsured/underinsured motorist issues.
Judge Johnson is also actively involved in the community. She is Immediate Past President of the Howard D. McKibben Chapter of the American Inns of Court and a past president and Foundation Chair of the Rotary Club of Green Valley, and Judge Johnson has held memberships/offices in various other organizations before assuming the bench, such as the Junior League of Las Vegas, National Association of Women Business Owners, and Henderson Chamber of Commerce to name a few. She has been married to District Court Judge Eric Johnson for over thirty (30) years, and they have two adult daughters, Tess and Emma. When not attending her judicial duties, Judge Johnson can be found running half- and whole marathons with her husband and daughters throughout the country and internationally.