Jerri Lynn Johnson - Managing ShareholderJerri joined Acker, Kowalick & Whipple in 1995 and accepted a shareholder position in 2000. In 2004, Jerri took on the responsibilities of managing partner for the firm. She continues, however, to maintain a full case load of larger exposure litigated matters as well as responsibility for the supervision and training of associate attorneys. Jerri’s impressive legal experience includes 25+ years of defending clients through litigation, including commercial trucking litigation, products liability, construction workplace injuries and general tort claims such as complex automobile accidents and premises liability. Jerri has acted as lead or sole trial counsel on multiple jury and bench trials, and she is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). She has successfully briefed and argued appellate issues before the California Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court
Jerri is also recognized as one of the leading trial attorneys with expertise in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Having written papers and given presentations on the defense of CRPS claims, Jerri is frequently consulted and asked to assist defense attorneys and their clients in defending these claims at trial.
Jerri is a member of ABOTA, an organization that is by invitation and nomination only and reserved for prestigious trial lawyers who are of high personal character and honorable reputation, who have met the strict qualifications as prescribed in the ABOTA Constitution. Jerri was also selected by Chartis (now AIG) Insurance as one of its “Top Ten Lawyers” for 2012 as one who exemplifies the “highest level of excellence and quality client service.” She is a member of and actively participates in several professional associations, including the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Southern California Defense Counsel Association, and the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA.) She is a member of the Defense Research Association (DRI,) where she takes part in the Law Practice Management and Trial Tactics committees. She also joined the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, in which membership is by invitation only based on nominations from CLM Fellows.
Jerri obtained a BS degree from Drake University in 1986 and a JD from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1989.
- Pepperdine University School of Law, JD 1989
- Drake University, BS 1986
- Trucking Liability
- Serious Bodily Injury
- Product Liability