Ninth Court of Appeals
In 2013, Governor Rick Perry appointed Johnson to serve as a Justice on the Ninth Court of Appeals. She was then elected to the Court by the voters in 2014. She is the first woman to serve on the Ninth Court of Appeals in the history of the Court.
Justice Johnson graduated magna cum laude in 1983 from Southern Arkansas University with a B.S. degree in political science. She graduated with High Honors in 1986 from the University of Arkansas School Of Law. While in law school, she was a member of the Law Review and the Moot Court Team, served on the Moot Court Board, and worked part-time. Following graduation from law school, she received a federal judicial clerkship and worked with United States District Court Judge Nauman S. Scott, Western District of Louisiana.
Prior to joining the Court, Justice Johnson was in private practice for twenty-six years with Orgain, Bell & Tucker, LLP. While in private practice, she handled trial and appellate matters for the firm's clients. Her representative clients included landowners, energy and chemical companies, physicians, and other businesses and individuals
Justice Johnson is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law, and she is licensed to practice law in both Texas and Arkansas.