Nicholas C. Johnson is an Associate at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm’s Complex Tort Litigation practice group, as well as the firm’s Medical Malpractice team. In that role, Mr. Johnson's practice focuses on catastrophic injury and wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, and personal injury cases.
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein in 2014, Mr. Johnson worked for two South Florida defense firms, gaining valuable experience representing Fortune 500 insurance companies in the defense of claims and lawsuits. Earlier in his career, Mr. Johnson practiced as an Assistant Public Defender in Palm Beach County, where he represented indigent clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies, ranging from DUI to crimes punishable by life in prison. He was awarded the Best Advocate Award at the Florida Public Defender College in November 2008. Mr. Johnson tried approximately 30 jury trials to verdict as an Assistant Public Defender. Eager to resume his representation of individuals, Mr. Johnson joined Cohen Milstein in 2014.
Mr. Johnson is currently litigating the following notable matters:
- Berwick v. JFK Medical Center: Cohen Milstein filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against JFK Medical Center on behalf of a client who had a documented seizure disorder, for which he was prescribed twice daily anticonvulsant medication. During a medical evaluation performed in the hospital, one of the doctors employed by JFK Medical Center withheld Mr. Berwick’s anticonvulsant medication, causing Mr. Berwick to suffer a severe and debilitating seizure. The seizure and resulting fall caused bilateral comminuted shoulder fractures, requiring a reverse total shoulder replacement surgery, and ultimately, severe permanent functional impairment to both shoulders. The case is set for trial in November 2018.
- Fearon v. Orlando Health, Inc.: On November 3, 2016, Cohen Milstein filed a medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of their client’s widow and children, against Orlando Health, the parent company of Orlando Regional Medical Center. Mr. Fearon was experiencing intermittent chest pain, shortness of breath, and calf pain which became so severe that he went to Orlando Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room. He was evaluated for cardiac related issues and subsequently discharged. Moments later, Mr. Fearon died. The medical staff failed to recognize the symptoms of pulmonary embolism, and failed to accordingly provide lifesaving treatment.
- Skiles v. Boca Raton Regional Hospital: Cohen Milstein is litigating a medical malpractice, wrongful death case, arising from the defendant’s failure to perform an x-ray to rule-out a potential bowel perforation or “Free Air” following a colonoscopy procedure. The out-patient radiology facility refused to perform the x-ray, stating that it did not accept the patient’s insurance, when in fact it did and, under Medicare rules, was obligated to perform the x-ray, regardless of coverage, because it was an emergency request. The x-ray was never performed, and the patient was sent home. Later that day, his wife rushed him to the hospital due to complaints of severe abdominal pain. In the hospital a perforated bowel was diagnosed, ultimately leading to bowel resection surgery. Although the patient initially survived his surgery, he later died due to complications of sepsis. Trial is scheduled in Palm Beach County in October 2018.
Some of his past successes include:
- Doe v. Un-named Hospital: On November 21, 2016, Cohen Milstein filed a lawsuit against a hospital in Florida on behalf of a client who was dropped on his head during a routine surgical procedure, as a result of the nurse’s failure to properly secure him to the operating room table. The fall resulted in a traumatic brain injury with debilitating consequences, including significant emotional, behavioral, and memory deficits. The case was successfully settled prior to trial.
- Pavlov v. PBSO: Cohen Milstein represented the mother of a 28-year-old mentally disturbed man who was shot and killed by a Deputy Sheriff of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Johnson was instrumental in litigating this case, which at that time, resulted in the largest settlement paid out by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
- Negligent Security Matter: Mr. Johnson represented the mother of a 20-year-old man who was shot and killed in the parking lot of a West Palm Beach nightclub, which had been plagued with violent crimes over the years. The complaint alleged that the nightclub failed to provide adequate security that led to this tragic incident. On October 6, 2017, the parties entered into a confidential settlement.
- Patient v. Confidential Defendant: On March 17, 2016, Cohen Milstein successfully negotiated a confidential settlement on behalf of their client who had suffered permanent bodily damage at the hands of a Florida Cardiologist. During discovery, Mr. Le Clainche and Mr. Johnson exposed the Defendant’s misconduct and medically negligent treatment when using a stent inappropriately.
- Nursing Home Neglect Litigation: Mr. Johnson represented the spouse of an 85-year-old man who experienced a series of falls in a nursing home before finally fracturing his hip, which required hip replacement surgery. Mr. Johnson reached a confidential settlement in this case that alleged neglect on the part of the nursing home.
Mr. Johnson was recently selected by National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Plaintiff Civil Trial Lawyer in the State of Florida. He has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers and a “Legal Elite Up and Comer” by Florida Trend Magazine.
In June 2018, Mr. Johnson was appointed to serve on the Florida Justice Association’s (FJA) Board of Directors. He is also a member of its Diversity Committee.
Mr. Johnson is Past President of the prestigious F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association. He has been a member since 2014, and has served on the Executive Board since 2015.
Mr. Johnson is an appointed member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Judicial Campaign Practices Commission. In addition, he was reappointed to the North County Section’s Board of Directors in 2017, to serve until 2019. He is an alumnus of The Florida Bar’s Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy 2015-2016 class, and continues to serve the program through the Florida Bar’s Leadership Academy Committee.
Mr. Johnson is also an active member of the American Association of Justice (AAJ). He is involved in several AAJ committees, including the Minority Caucus, the Voter Protection Committee, and the Public Education Committee. Mr. Johnson is an alumnus of AAJ's Leadership Academy (2016-2017).
Mr. Johnson is a community advocate and mentor, and was recently appointed to the Board of Scholar Career Coaching in June 2018.
Mr. Johnson is also a prolific writer, and his articles have been published in Florida Justice Association Journal and AAJ’s Trial magazine.
Mr. Johnson was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, and graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Economics, and completed his Master’s in Sports Management at the University of Florida. He graduated cum laude from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2007.
- Member, Scholar Career Coaching, Inc., Board the Directors 2018
- Member, Florida Justice Association, Board of Directors 2018
- Member, Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Judicial Campaign Practices Commission 2018
- President, F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association, Executive Board 2017-2018
- President Elect, F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association, Executive Board 2016-2017
- Director, North County Section, Palm Beach County Bar Association, Board of Directors 2016-2019
- Appointed Member, Florida Bar Leadership Academy Committee 2016-2018
- Fellow, American Association for Justice's Leadership Academy 2016-2017
- Fellow, The Florida Bar’s Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy 2015-2016
- Board Member, Young Lawyer Section, Florida Justice Association 2014-2016
- Member, Nominating Committee, Florida Justice Association
- Member, Diversity Committee, Florida Justice Association
- Member, Voter Protection Committee, American Association for Justice
- Member, Public Education Committee, American Association for Justice