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The POWER List 2023: Roger Alan Johnson

Roger Alan JohnsonJohnson, Vorhees & Martucci Jopli

Roger Johnson’s plaintiffs’ practice rarely takes a break.

In 2021, he won a $34 million award for a child who suffered brain damage at birth, marking the largest plaintiffs’ verdict of the year as tracked by Missouri Lawyers Media. The same year, he won nearly $3.2 million for the parents of an infant who died shortly after he was discharged from an urgent care clinic.

He is perhaps best known for a $4.8 million verdict he won in 2011 for a child born with severe brain damage. As a result of the case, the Missouri Supreme Court held in 2012’s Watts v. Cox Medical Centers that the state’s cap on noneconomic damages in medical negligence cases was unconstitutional.

Johnson is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America and is a former board member for the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys.

He earned his law degree from the University of Kansas in 1991.

The POWER List: Health Care Law 2023