Nicholas C. Johnson is an Associate at Cohen Milstein, and a member of the firm’s Catastrophic Injury & Wrongful Death practice area. In that role, Mr. Johnson's practice focuses on 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:
- Sears v. Florida Hospital: On November 21, 2016, Mr. Johnson filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Florida Hospital, on behalf of his client who was dropped onto his head during a routine surgical procedure, as a result of the defendant failing to properly secure him to the operating room table. The incident resulted in a diagnosis of traumatic brain injury (TBI), with devastating consequences.
- Fearon v. Orlando Health, Inc.: On November 3, 2016, attorneys Stefan Le Clainche and Nicholas C. Johnson 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.
Some of his past successes include:
- Pavlov v. PBSO: Mr. Johnson was a member of a team of attorneys representing 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, attorneys Stephan Le Clainche and Nicholas Johnson 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 elected the 28th President of the prestigious F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association. He has been a member since 2014 and will serve as President of the 2017-2018 Executive Board. In addition, Mr. Johnson was reappointed to the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s North County Section to serve on their Board of Directors. 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 Leadership Academy Committee.
Mr. Johnson is a member the Florida Justice Association's Young Lawyer Section and is a member of its Diversity Committee and Nomination Committee; he is an active member of both the local Palm Beach County Bar and the Palm Beach County Justice Association. Mr. Johnson is an alumnus of the American Association for Justice's Leadership Academy 2016-2017 class, and is actively involved in various AAJ committees including the Minority Caucus, the Voter Protection Committee, and the Public Education Committee. He writes about many legal topics in such publications as the Florida Justice Association Journal.
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. 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.
- 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