Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Dan Johnson

, The National Law Journal


A lawyer's chances of persuading the Supreme Court to grant certiorari in a given case are less than one in a thousand. But Johnson, a solo practitioner in Spokane, does the math differently: "I'm one for one, I guess" — which means he has filed one petition for certiorari in his 30-year legal career. Last week the court granted review in that case, proving that even in a court where elite specialists and large firms dominate, a solo from Spokane can sometimes join the club.

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