For Jennifer Johnson and Vincent Howard, helping people has always been the driving force of both their professional and personal lives. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Johnson and Mr. Howard respectively served in two of the country’s most trusted professions — nursing and the military. Now as lawyers, they bring the same strength and compassion required in those occupations to their personal injury practices.
“When I was a military police officer, our motto was to ‘protect and serve,’ and that’s remained my mission as an attorney,” Mr. Howard says. “Jennifer and I protect and serve our clients through our strong defense and aggressive advocacy.”
“People often ask why I became a lawyer after already serving as a successful ICU nurse,” Ms. Johnson adds, “but as both a nurse and a lawyer I’ve been able to assist people with severe injuries, and that’s what makes succeeding in these cases so rewarding.”
Ms. Johnson and Mr. Howard have worked together since 2004, when they met as colleagues at a national powerhouse law firm. There, they handled mass tort litigation and individual catastrophic personal injury cases involving spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, pharmaceutical and medical devices, medical malpractice, and wrongful death.
In 2007, Mr. Howard left to start his own practice, and four years later, Ms. Johnson also established her own firm. Still, while they maintain separate personal injury practices, Ms. Johnson and Mr. Howard come together on certain matters so that their clients can benefit from their shared expertise.
“As a team, we bring unique experiences and diverse perspectives to bear on our clients’ cases,” Ms. Johnson notes. “And that combination has proved very effective when it comes to representing injury victims.”
Given her background as a registered nurse, Ms. Johnson is uniquely qualified to represent people who have been injured because of the wrongdoing of others. She also has firsthand personal experience with disability, as two of her nephews are paralyzed and wheelchair-bound due to spinal cord injuries.
“My passion for helping individuals with disabilities led me to focus on the area in both my legal and volunteer work,” Ms. Johnson says. Indeed, she currently serves on the board of directors for Swim With Mike, a scholarship program for disabled athletes, and she is a strong supporter of Craig Hospital, a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital in Denver for those affected by spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries; she is also an active member of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.
Like Ms. Johnson, Mr. Howard has devoted his life to advocating for those in need. In addition to supporting Swim With Mike, he serves as a leader in organizations such as the Orange Country Trial Lawyers Association and American Association for Justice, which work to ensure access to the legal system.
“The cases we handle really cry out for justice,” Mr. Howard says. “Often, the people we represent wouldn’t have a voice if it weren’t for our efforts and those of attorneys like us; and that’s why we consider it such an incredible honor to represent people in the court of law, whether it’s in Southern California or other parts of the country.”
To discuss a legal issue with Ms. Johnson and Mr. Howard, call 800-656-3308, or see the contact information below for their individual practices.
Law Office of Jennifer R. Johnson, A PLC
Howard Law, PC
Pacific Arts Plaza
675 Anton Boulevard, First Floor
Costa Mesa, CA 92626