Richard E. Johnson


314 West Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL

Phone: (850) 425-1997
Fax: (850) 561-0836

RICHARD E. JOHNSON (who prefers Rick Johnson) is a Board Certified Labor & Employment Law attorney, rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, who represents plaintiffs in sexual harassment, rape, discrimination and whistleblower matters and in cases involving state and federal constitutional rights, as the principal of a firm in Tallahassee, Florida. He is an honors graduate of the Florida State University College of Law (J.D.), who also holds a B.A. and an M.A. from FSU. He has a perfect 10.0 "Superb" rating on AVVo, has been selected a "Super-Lawyer" for many years, and is a member of Florida Trend's "Legal elite." Rick is a co-founder and past president of the Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA). He serves as amicus coordinator for the Florida Chapter and has overseen the authorization, assignment, and production of 40 amicus briefs, many of which he has written himself. He frequently makes presentations at lawyer conferences, the FSU College of Law, and lay organizations.

Areas of Practice

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Severance negotiations
  • Wage & Hour
  • Whistleblower
  • Discrimination

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Labor & Employment, Florida Bar, 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida

  • J.D. - 1990
  • Honors: With Honors

Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
  • M.A. - 1973
  • Major: American Studies

Florida State University , Tallahassee, Florida
  • B.A. - 1969
  • Honors: Dean's List
  • Major: Political Science
  • Major: Philosophy

Honors and Awards

  • Florida Trend Legal Elite
  • Super Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Employment Lawyers Association, 1991 to Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Florida Affiliate, 1992 to 1997

Past Employment Positions

  • Spriggs & Johnson, Partner, 1991 to 1997
  • Friedlander & Johnson, Partner, 1990 to 1991

Pro Bono Activities

  • ACLU, 1992 to Present
  • Legal Serives of North Florida, 1997 to Present