William “Bo” Johnson III (Shareholder) was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. After obtaining his B.A. from Birmingham-Southern college in 1996, he earned his law degree at Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson where he was a scholarship student. After graduation, he was recruited by one of Birmingham’s top trial firms, where he gained experience in medical and legal malpractice cases and appellate litigation. Later, Mr. Johnson went to work with his partner, Jeff Kirby. With Mr. Kirby, Mr. Johnson significantly broadened the scope of his medical malpractice practice to include representation of individuals in products liability, bad faith, insurance fraud, personal injury, and wrongful death lawsuits. Working with Mr. Kirby, Mr. Johnson has represented plaintiffs in cases against well-known insurance companies, hospitals, manufacturers, municipalities, and other corporations.
Mr. Johnson is admitted to all trial courts in Alabama, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, the Alabama Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Mr. Johnson frequently practices in United States trial courts including the United States District Courts for the Northern Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama. He also handled cases in the United States District Courts for the District of Colorado, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Bo is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Alabama Association for Justice, and is a past chairman of the Association’s Emerging Leaders. Mr. Johnson has been published in the Alabama Association for Justice Journal. Bo has also chaired the Emerging Leader’s community service committee. He has served as a chairman and member of the junior board of directors of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation. Bo also belongs to the Birmingham Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
In 2018, Mr. Johnson obtained a certificate in special-education advocacy from the William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. He handles IDEA cases, cases arising from for violations the Americans With Disabilities Act, and cases arising from violations of § 504 The Rehabilitation Act of 1972. Additionally, Mr. Johnson handles cases related to students’ IEPs as well as due-process claims.