Bruce Johnson Partner
Bruce Johnson has been a Partner with Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval, LLP since 2014. He focuses his practice on business litigation and the labor laws affecting unions. When a union is involved in litigation in state court, federal court, or before the National Labor Relations Board, claims can range widely and include unfair labor practices, employment discrimination, property issues, and personal injury, among others. He has handled employment claims throughout his 27-year legal career.
Bruce enjoys practicing law because his daily work involves finding novel and unique approaches and solutions to the problems his clients are facing, and determining whether or not each situation merits legal action considering factors including the associated costs. He takes the counseling aspect of being a lawyer seriously, helping people make the best legal and financial decisions and “talking them off of ledges” when needed. He understands legal representation is expensive and time consuming, and so he works to ensure his clients’ time is well spent and their budgets are worked within.
Of what it’s like to work with Bruce, his attorney peers say, “I endorse Bruce Johnson for any client looking for a lawyer to represent them zealously, ethically, and effectively in civil litigation. Bruce genuinely cares about his clients’ interests ahead of his own. He has years of experience litigating and trying cases in all of Houston’s courts – state, federal, and bankruptcy – and he has successfully briefed and argued many appeals.”
Bruce is licensed to practice in Texas, as well in the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Texas, Northern District of Texas, and Eastern District of Texas. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and obtained his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1995.
He is a member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, and State Bar of Texas.
- Employment Litigation
- Representation of Labor Organizations / Unions
- Commercial Litigation
Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval, LLP
2014 – present
The Bruce Johnson Law Firm
2006 – 2014
Cooper & Scully, P.C.
2004 – 2006
Crady, Jewett & McCulley, LLP
1999 – 2004
Barnett & Craddock, LLP
1995 – 1999
- University of Houston Law Center, Juris Doctorate, 1995
- University of Oklahoma, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1991
Bar and Court Admissions
- Texas, 1995
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- State Bar of Texas
- Appellate Section
- Litigation Section
- Bankruptcy Section
- National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)
- Texas Employment Law, Former Editorial Advisory Board Member
- Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
- The Houston Proton Therapy Ctr Houston LTD., LLP v. Estate of Dianne M. Swartz; Successfully obtained dismissal of claim in excess of $100,000.00 with Special Appearance on grounds that Texas jurisdiction over non-resident heirs violated United States Constitution due process. (Defending out of state client against claim they had not paid for cancer treatment.)
- Cornerstone Products, Inc., et al. v. Pilot Plastics, Inc., et al.; Secured ownership of molding equipment by creditor valued by debtor at $1,088,681.37 and defeated debtor claim of $514,488.82, reducing claim value to $1,487.70.
- Buc Ee’s Ltd. v. Kelley Rieves; Secured appellate victory for client after a trial court ordered former Buc Ee’s employee Kelley Rieves to pay close to $100,000 in alleged damages for breaching an employee “retention agreement.”
- Johnson v. The Standard, ERISA Long Term Disability Claim settled following litigation.
- Privileges, Advanced Evidence and Discovery, University of Houston Law Foundation, 2004
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty Under the Texas Trust Code, Texas Association of Certified Public Accountants Seminar, 2001
- Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
- St. Philip Presbyterian Church
- Stewardship Committee
- Adult Education Facilitator
- Elementary Sunday School Teacher
- Personnel Committee
- Session Class of 2012
- Roberts Elementary School, H.I.S.D.
- Family Sponsor Program
- Community support for visiting families treated at MD Anderson
- Rice University
- Will Rice College Community Associate, 2004 – 2017
- Leadership 20/20, Class XV
- Houston Express Soccer Club
- Coach, Manager, and Assistant Manager, 2003 – 2017
- Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, 1984