Christopher L. Johnson


Chris Johnson is an attorney at Waters Kraus & Paul in the firm’s Dallas office. Chris represents plaintiffs involved in toxic tort and complex civil matters. He focuses on helping victims who have been catastrophically injured by dangerous products and toxic substances, including people dealing with mesothelioma resulting from asbestos exposure. Chris earned his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from the University of Texas at Austin. He was awarded his Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law. Chris served as the editor of the SMU International Law Review and was a Dean’s Scholar throughout law school. After law school, Chris was named Prosecutor of the Year in the Misdemeanor Division for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. He has taught as an affiliate professor at the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law, where he also contributed his time mentoring first year law students through the school’s Bedford Mentor program. Chris currently serves on the Board of Management for the T. Boone Pickens YMCA and is a member of the Dallas Asian American Bar Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, and the Dallas Bar Association. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Texas.

Areas of Practice

  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Tort

Pro Bono & Community Service

  • Board of Management for the T. Boone Pickens YMCA, 2015-Present
  • Bedford Mentor, University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law, Dallas, Texas 2015

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2012


  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas, J.D., 2009
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., with honors, 2006

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Dallas Asian American Bar Association
    • Connections Committee member, 2015

    Dallas Association of Young Trial Lawyers

  • Dallas Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Prosecutor of the Year (Misdemeanor Division), Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, 2013
  • SMU International Law Review Association, SMU, Dedman School of Law, 2008-2009
  • Dean’s Scholarship Recipient, SMU, Dedman School of Law, 2006-2009
  • Phi Theta Kappa, 2002-2004

Other Appointments

  • Affiliate Professor, University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law, Dallas, Texas 2016

Publications & Speeches

  • Presenter, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Law Symposium, 2014

What are my chances?

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