Samuel M. Johnson

LITIGATION ATTORNEY

Associate - Skolnick & Joyce, P.A.

Sam defines the word attorney, in his case, as a creative problem solver. Without exception, he takes a deep dive into every case to uncover both the main issues and the nuances. Knowing the value of being prepared, his impeccable ethics and quick thinking make for a formidable adversary in any battle. He is passionate about his clients and will tenaciously represent their interests.           

ON BECOMING A LAWYER

After graduating from Macalester College, Sam spent six years in retail management. That experience taught him how to earn people’s trust, both professionally and personally. Since that time, the terms justice and fairness became personal mandates for him to live by. Fortunately, he’s always been a competitive person, and he saw the law as a place where competition is encouraged. As an attorney, he loves to turn his hard work and creative thinking into fair and gratifying results for his clients.

ON THE CHALLENGES OF PRACTICING LAW

Courts get backed up, and people get bogged down with minutia. Sam’s mission is to keep the ball rolling, keeping the process cost-effective for his clients, and doing everything in his power to enable a positive outcome for them.

ON HOW HE IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER LAWYERS

Sam is the first to say it “I hate seeing people being taken advantage of.” He will fight for his clients to foster swift and legal settlement or success in court.

ON SKOLNICK AND JOYCE

“Creating a successful firm is a process that starts with honesty and openness with clients and strengthens with teamwork. Together we get their goals accomplished. Skolnick & Joyce has that kind of culture in an agile, small size firm, and one that has the strength larger firms lack.”

PERSONAL

Married with one daughter. Weekend handyman, who enjoys reading and writing.

Educational Background

Macalester College
2004 BA Biology (Pre-Med)

University of St. Thomas School of Law
2013 Juris Doctor, cum laude

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota State Bar Association, Current Member

Hennepin County Bar Association, Current Member

Honors & Accolades

PUBLICATIONS

Virtual Property Rights in Video Games
The Hennepin Lawyer – 2017

Your “Permanent Record” Under Minnesota’s Expungement Laws: The Process and Opportunities for Change
The Hennepin Lawyer – 2016

Kate Fogarty Brings Experience to District Court Administration
The Hennepin Lawyer – 2015

Meet Hennepin County Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarty
The Hennepin Lawyer – 2014

Meet HCBA Secretary Thaddeus Lightfoot
The Hennepin Lawyer – 2014

The Coal War Rages On
MNBar.org – 2013

Garbage Burning in Minnesota Gaining Steam?
MNBar.org – 2012

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