Ronald E. Johnson


Ron Johnson is one of the country’s most respected and sought-after trial lawyers.  Ron has litigated complex and catastrophic cases nationwide in more than two decades of legal practice.  These have included cases involving:

His success in the trials of these cases is unmatched, including a 74 million dollar verdict and a 7.3 million dollar verdict, in addition to hundreds of large settlements. His accomplishments in the courtroom have not gone unnoticed by the legal community.

  • In 2020, he was designated a Barrister Fellow by the Louisville Bar Foundation.
  • In 2021, he was named Plaintiff Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Kentucky Trial Court Review, the leading publication of civil jury verdicts.
  • In 2023, he was awarded the Peter Perlman Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award by the Kentucky Justice Association, the only state-wide association of trial lawyers.

Ron is a former president of the Kentucky Justice Association.  He has served on the board of directors of the Louisville Bar Association, as well as the Attorney Advertising Commission of the Kentucky Bar Association.  He has been designated as “AV” rated (pre-eminent) by the peer-reviewed publication Martindale, as well as designated a “Super Lawyer” by his fellow attorneys.

The Courts have also recognized his experience in complex litigation.  In multiple large-scale, national cases involving thousands of plaintiffs and multiple defendants, federal judges have repeatedly appointed Ron to lead the litigation.  Similarly, he has been selected by his peers to lead litigation involving cases filed in courts across the country, where he was responsible for coordinating legal strategies and trials that led to successful outcomes.
While his excellence in the courtroom is well recognized, Ron is also known as a skilled negotiator.  He is responsible for some of the country’s largest and most complex civil settlements.
As court-appointed lead counsel for thousands of cases transferred to a single federal court, Ron has negotiated numerous settlements ranging from 25 million to more than 400 million dollars.
In the national opioid litigation, he was lead counsel on behalf of all the local governmental entities in Kentucky in negotiations with the Commonwealth of Kentucky to equitably divide the settlement proceeds.  He was able to negotiate a 50-50 division with the state, resulting in more than 400 million dollars going to remediate the opioid epidemic ravaging counties and cities in Kentucky.
Ron lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and when not representing his clients, his other passion is thoroughbred horse racing, where he participates as an owner and breeder.

Past Case Results

  • Co-Lead Counsel of an MDL where claimants received $350 million dollars.
  • Lead Counsel in a class action case that recovered $1 million dollars for employees of a regional hospital.
  • $230 million dollar settlement in product liability case on behalf of multiple plaintiffs.
  • $74 million dollar verdict in wrongful death case where 3 children witnessed their mother die in a horrific crash caused by a dangerous road edge drop-off created by an asphalt paving company.
  • $69.5 million dollar settlement for plaintiffs injured by defective drug.
  • More than $65 million dollars recovered for victims of complete joint destruction due to defective pain pump.
  • $50 million dollars recovered for victims of a defective medical device.
  • Co-lead counsel in an MDL where $50 million dollars recovered for members of a class action consumer fraud case.
  • Co-lead counsel of an MDL where the claimants received a total of more than $45 million dollars
  • $30.5 million dollar settlement in defective drug case.
  • $23 million dollar settlement for plaintiffs injured by defective drug.
  • $7.25 million dollars jury verdict on behalf of a young child injured by the defective medical device.
  • $7.25 million dollars recovered for a family of 10-year-old girl tragically killed by a work truck in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • $3.9 million dollars car crash settlement for traumatic brain injury
  • Over $3 million dollars recovered for a young woman who had just completed dental school and was injured by a medical device.
  • Over $3 million dollars recovered for a police officer whose career was cut short by an injury to his shoulder.

Proudly Representing Victims of Tractor Trailer Crashes, Car Wrecks, Catastrophic Injuries, Birth Traumas, Defective Drugs, Defective Products, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and Wrongful Death.

Contact Info

Phone: 859-578-4444
Toll Free: 888-606-5297
Email: [email protected]

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