Betsy Johnson represents governmental entities, other condemning authorities and landowners in eminent domain proceedings. Her practice also includes real estate acquisition and conveyance, condemnation for transportation and utilities, land use issues, water rights disputes, administrative appeals, regulatory and general litigation, and judicial appeals. Ms. Johnson has litigated the condemnation of industrial, commercial, residential, agriculture and ranch properties, working closely with engineers, land planners, appraisers, right-of-way firms and title companies. She also litigates permitting matters before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Ms. Johnson joined the Firm after serving as Assistant Attorney General for the Texas Office of Attorney General (OAG) in the Transportation Division from 2005 to 2014. Her practice there included eminent domain, contract procurement and negotiation, administrative hearings before the State Office of Administrative Hearings, sovereign immunity and ultra vires defense representation, appropriations disputes, state appeals and general litigation matters.

At the Office of the Attorney General, Ms. Johnson was lead counsel in condemnation lawsuits for TxDOT including the I-35 project, US-290 and the Grand Parkway/SH99 in Harris County, SH-130 in central Texas, South Padre Island Drive in Corpus Christi and other State road projects.

Prior to serving at the OAG, she was in private practice in Honolulu, Hawaii in the areas of construction and employment litigation and corporate transactions.

Education & Admissions
J.D., William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, 1998 cum laude
B.A., Economics, University of Hawaii 1989

Bar Admissions
Texas, 2005
Hawaii, 1998

Court Admissions
United States Court of Federal Claims, United States District Court, District of Hawaii.

Professional Affiliations
  • State Bar of Texas