Daniel Henry Johnson

Daniel Henry Johnson

Daniel Henry Johnson

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Before entering the legal profession, Daniel had a variety of valuable experiences that shaped his life and approach to the law. Daniel is a native of North Carolina who grew up in Hickory. After graduating from Hickory High School, Daniel attended Wake Forest University before transferring to and graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree in history, Daniel received a commission as an officer in the United States Navy. While in the Navy, Daniel was forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan where he served as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard USS Blue Ridge before suffering serious injuries in a shipboard accident. For his actions during the accident, Daniel received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal.

The injuries sustained in the accident ended Daniel’s Naval career but did little to dampen his adventurous spirit and interest in public service. After recovering at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Daniel met U.S. Senator Max Cleland of Georgia and later served on Sen. Cleland’s staff in Washington, where he focused on defense and veterans issues.

His time on Capitol Hill heightened Daniel’s interest in the law and led him to return to Chapel Hill, where he attended the University of North Carolina School of Law and, more importantly, met his wife. Daniel graduated from law school in 2004 and moved to Raleigh, where he returned to public service as an assistant district attorney at the Wake County District Attorney’s office under the leadership of the highly regarded and longstanding District Attorney, Colon Willoughby.

Daniel began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in the fast-paced trenches of Wake County District Court, where he prosecuted countless traffic tickets and DWIs along with misdemeanor assaults and larcenies. Daniel went on to serve in a courtroom devoted to the prosecution of individuals charged with crimes of domestic violence before being promoted to the general felony unit where he prosecuted cases ranging from felony drug possession to first-degree murder.

In 2008, the lure of politics drew Daniel from his position as an assistant district attorney and led him to return to his hometown of Hickory to launch a bid for Congress in the 10th Congressional District of North Carolina. Daniel won his party’s nomination but despite tirelessly campaigning throughout the ten-county district and running a strong campaign, fell short of victory in the general election.

Following the campaign, Daniel returned to Raleigh and entered the private practice of law. After practicing on his own for a little more than year, Daniel joined with Ryan Willis, a law school classmate and fellow former prosecutor, to form Willis & Johnson, PLLC. In private practice, Daniel utilizes his varied experience inside and outside of the courtroom in representing individuals in both criminal and civil matters. He practices criminal defense in both state and federal court and has represented individuals in a variety of civil matters that include serious personal injury, employment law, education law, and contract disputes.

Daniel is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and also practices in federal court where he is a member of the bar for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Wake County Bar Association, the 10th Judicial District, the American Bar Association and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.

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