Whitman B. Johnson III
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Whit Johnson III was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in a doctor’s household. Mr. Johnson has been licensed to practice in the State of Mississippi since 1979. He specializes in trial work, with the focus of his practice for the past 40 years being the defense of physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers from claims of medical negligence. He has been recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in the field of Defendant’s Medical Malpractice law on four separate occasions, including 2011, 2014, 2019, and 2021.
Mr. Johnson has been a frequent speaker to medical organizations and carriers, including the Mississippi State Medical Association, the Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association, Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi, as well as various departments and groups within the University of Mississippi Medical Center system. He was the Keynote Speaker giving the Marshall Eskridge Lecture at the 2021 Southern Radiological Conference in Mobile, Alabama. He has also been published in the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association on both risk management and litigation issues.
Mr. Johnson’s wife, George, is retired from her job as the pre-school librarian at Jackson Academy. They are the proud parents of three grown children, all of whom are now off the payroll. Their primary hobby currently involves spoiling their only grandchild, while hoping for additional ones they can treat the same way. They have lived in Jackson since Mr. Johnson’s graduation from law school in 1979 and are actively involved as parishioners at St. Richard’s Catholic Church.
Admitted to bar
- Mississippi, 1979
- University of Mississippi (B.A., 1976; J.D., with high honors, 1979)
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Phi Delta Phi
- Member, Mississippi Law Journal, 1978-1979
- The Mississippi Bar
- Capital Area Bar Association
- Rankin County Bar Association
- Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association