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J. Alan Johnson
After a long and distinguished career, J. Alan (Jerry) Johnson, has retired as an attorney . He remains involved in our firm and assists our firm in many other capacities.
Mr. Johnson served as a United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 1981 to 1989. He offers our clients deep and broad experience in criminal law. In addition to his eight years as U.S. Attorney, he was a member of the Federal Judicial Selection Commission from 1989 to 1990, and served as First Assistant United States Attorney from 1978 to 1981. Mr. Johnson served as Assistant United States Attorney from 1976 to 1978, where he was also Chief of the Organized Crime Section from 1977 to 1978.
He was a Special Attorney of the Organized Crime & Racketeering Section, Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice from 1975 to 1976. Mr. Johnson served as Assistant District Attorney of Allegheny County from 1971 to 1975, where he worked in the Homicide Division from 1974 to 1975. He has been a member of the committees to select the United States Attorney, United States Magistrate Judges and the Federal Public Defender.
He has tried cases as a prosecutor, then as a defense attorney, including cases in both federal and state courts.
Mr. Johnson received a Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating of 5 out of 5. He was selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Pittsburgh Magazine’s Best Lawyers, as well as Best Lawyers in America. He is listed in the 44th edition of Who’s Who in America and received the Outstanding Law Alumnus Award from the Duquesne University Law Alumni Association.
He received his Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law in 1971, where he was a member of the Duquesne Law Review and received the Duquesne Shalom Trial Moot Court Award.
He has represented the CEO of a major health system, a county Commissioner from eastern Pennsylvania, a Common Pleas Judge, a Supreme Court Justice, presidents/CEOs of various companies, medical professionals, including physicians, dentists, pharmacists, attorneys, law firms, and numerous other professionals.
He has appeared on numerous occasions before the media, to make statements regarding high profile cases and spoken to various groups about the criminal justice system.
Mr. Johnson has appeared before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on many occasions. In U.S. v. Tomko, he appeared before the Third Circuit in banc. The court ruled in Mr. Tomko’s favor. The holding in the case made it clear that U.S. District Court Judges had much broader discretion in deciding what an appropriate sentence should be. It is a decision cited by numerous District and Federal Circuit Courts throughout the United States.