Foley & Mansfield
Foley & Mansfield

Virginia Easley Johnson

Managing Partner - Miami / Tampa Bay

vjohnson@foleymansfield.com

786-441-2972

Bar Admissions: Florida; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Practice Groups: Product Liability, Environmental, Toxic Tort / Mass Tort, Medical Malpractice Defense, Construction Law & Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration

Education: University of Miami School of Law, 1985, JD; Florida International University, 1982, B.A. - cum laude

Memberships: Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Miami School of Law, Litigation Skills Program; Chair, Grievance Mediation & Fee Arbitration Committee, Florida Bar; Dade County Bar Association; Dade County Defense Bar Association; Defense Research Institute (DRI); ABOTA representative to FLABOTA; American Board of Trial Advocates; Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel; Florida Bar Association; Florida Defense Lawyers Association; Adjunct Faculty Member, Round Table Group; The Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

BIOGRAPHY

Virginia Easley Johnson is the managing partner of Foley & Mansfield's Miami and Tampa Bay offices and a co-chair of the firm’s Product Liability group. Virginia focuses her practice in the areas of product and professional liability, toxic tort and mass tort litigation, construction law, and environmental law. Specifically, she has spent her litigation years defending product liability and general insureds, asbestos manufacturers, health care providers, and breast implant manufacturers in hundreds of multi-million dollar lawsuits. She has tried cases in both state and federal courts.

Throughout her years litigating cases, Virginia has managed caseloads consisting of thousands of claims at one time. This has allowed her to gain extensive experience working with corporate clients, national counsel, coordinating counsel, as well as local counsel. She has a special insight to the “big picture” as it relates to volume litigation. She can identify and focus on target cases, which allows her to keep costs down while providing invaluable service to her clients.

Virginia has served and is currently serving on Trial Teams for National Clients and is also Regional Counsel for a client for whom she is responsible for overseeing cases filed in the Southeast Region of the United States. Virginia has been elected to the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, a worldwide organization assisting in establishing standards for providing competent, efficient and economical legal services, and to use the knowledge of its members for the benefit of public good. Additionally, she has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a prestigious national organization that helps to promote and develop the civil jury trial system.

Virginia has achieved the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell rating for the highest level of legal ability and adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence. Virginia currently serves as Chair of the Grievance Mediation & Fee Arbitration Committee of the Florida Bar, and has served on the bar's Judicial Nominating Rules Committee, Judicial Administration, Selection and Tenure Committee, and Civil Rules Committee. She is past chair of the Dade County Bar Association Meetings Committee, past chair of the 11th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “H,” and vice chair of the Mediation Committee. She is a former member of the Dade Bar Association’s Civil Litigation and Professional Committees.

Virginia is a certified Fee Arbitrator and currently teaches Litigation Skills as an adjunct professor at University of Miami School of Law. She is also a member of Round Table Group – a consortium of professors and legal professionals who provide research, consultation, and expert witness testimony services to litigators and others in the legal profession.

IN THE NEWS

September 11, 2018
Foley & Mansfield Expands in Florida; Opens Office in Tampa Bay Area

Foley & Mansfield has opened an office in the Tampa Bay area to accommodate regional and national clients in construction litigation and insurance defense matters.

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January 10, 2018
Firm and Attorneys Receive Top Honors from South Florida Legal Guide

The South Florida Legal Guide has named Foley & Mansfield a 2018 "Top Firm", with Virginia Easley Johnson and Kevin O’Connor also honored as 2018 “Top Lawyers” .

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June 8, 2017
Miami Attorneys Virginia Easley Johnson, Kevin O’Connor and Eduardo J. Medina Named to 2017 Florida Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars® List

The national law firm of Foley & Mansfield is pleased to announce attorneys named to the 2017 Florida Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars® list, including former partner Beranton J. Whisenant, Jr., who received the honor posthumously.

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AWARDS

  • Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Florida Super Lawyers®, 2006-2018
  • South Florida Legal Guide "Top Lawyer" - 2012-2018
  • Super Lawyers® Business Edition - Litigation - 2014
  • Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine - 2006

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Certified as Fee Arbitrator (Florida Bar)
  • Completed 40 hours of Mediation training
  • Graduate, Leadership Miami

PRESENTATIONS

  •  National Coordinating Counsel (NCC) panel moderator, 2017 Defense Asbestos Lawyers Seminar (DALS), Orlando, FL - June 2017

PRO BONO

  • Virginia serves as the firm's Pro Bono coordinator for the Miami office.
  • Virginia frequently accepts guardianship cases for the court.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Vice-Chair & Secretary, ecofiltro: one, a 501(c)(3) public charity who delivers filters to rural communities in a sustained manner that creates clean water for life.
  • Virginia has participated and led over twenty (20) service trips to help needy families and communities in ten countries.  She has initiated and led three trips with the firm and proudly has introduced F&M employees to service work. 
  • She has been active in the United Way beginning in 1990 and has served on several of its committees
  • Virginia served on the Board of Trustees at Miami Country Day School and the Florida Center of Theological Studies.
  • Currently, Virginia volunteers for the Special Olympics and the Community Partnership for Homeless, Inc.

 

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