Carla Johnson has 17 years of litigation experience in the areas of workers' compensation and insurance defense. She is responsible for Fields & Brown's workers' compensation litigation for General Motors Corporation, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Highway Commission. She has defended claims resulting from minor injuries to allegations of permanent total disability. She has handled matters both at the trial and appellate level.
In addition to an active litigation practice, Ms. Johnson has developed a national specialty practice in the area of constitutional law. She has designed and implemented studies that evaluate whether governmental agency contracting programs meet 14th Amendment standards with regard to the utilization of minority, women and disadvantaged businesses. She is responsible for ensuring that the studies are conducted in compliance with the United States Supreme Court's decision in the City of Richmond vs. J.A. Croson.
Ms. Johnson is an active participant in bar associations on a national and local level. She was most recently selected to serve as Vice Chair at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms. She was appointed by The Missouri Bar President to serve as a Missouri state delegate to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates. She is one of 14 attorneys in the state of Missouri serving in this capacity. She was elected National Bar Association (NBA) Region VIII Director for two terms. As such, she represented seven states on the NBA Board of Governors. Ms. Johnson received the NBA Presidential Award, the most prestigious award given by an NBA president, for her work as Chairperson of a national meeting. She was also appointed by three NBA Presidents to serve on the NBA's Nominations Committee. On the local level, Ms. Johnson served as President of the Jackson County Bar Association for two years. She was also appointed by the Missouri Bar President to serve on the Commission to Review Pro Se Litigation. Ms. Johnson also served as the 2007 co-chairperson on the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association's SLIP program. The SLIP program places urban high school students with area law firms for paid internships. Ms. Johnson currently serves on the Jackson County Bar Foundation Board of Directors. Ms. Johnson also served on Board of Directors for the Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance Foundation (LEAP).
Ms. Johnson actively participates in the Kansas City community. Ms. Johnson also served as the General Chairperson of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated 2008 Debutante Ball, one of the largest events of its nature in Kansas City. Ms. Johnson served on the Board of Directors for the Kansas City Metropolitan Dance Theatre. Ms. Johnson has served as a mentor to students through the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.