Professor Johnson commenced his position at Cumberland in the 2010 Spring Semester. Prior to joining the Cumberland faculty, Professor Johnson served as a Member and Associate Attorney from 2001 to 2009 for Wiggins, Childs, Quinn & Pantazis, LLC, a firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama, and Washington, D.C.. At the firm, Professor Johnson represented litigants primarily in class and collective actions, with particular emphasis on wage and hour, employment discrimination, ERISA, and international human rights litigation.
Before his private legal practice, Professor Johnson served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 2000 to 2001, and the Honorable Myron H. Thompson of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama from 1999 to 2000. He earned a Juris Doctor and Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in 1999 and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Duke University in 1991. In between his studies at Duke University and Columbia University, Professor Johnson served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa, from 1991 to 1993, and as an Americorps NCCC volunteer from 1994 to 1995. Professor Johnson is a native of Blackville, South Carolina.