Meet Lara Johnson
“The best thing about my job is being able to help someone from the beginning of the case to its resolution, helping with whatever comes up, and I hope giving them the sense that I’ve been in their corner the whole time.”
Lara Johnson represents people with personal injury claims, including serious motor vehicle collisions and nursing home neglect and abuse. She has written and lectured on nursing home neglect and abuse.
Lara grew up in Oregon and went to college at McGill University in Montreal, Canada where she received an Honor’s Degree in Political Science. She was actively involved in the Debating Union at McGill, competing internationally.
Lara was attracted to the legal profession because of her interest in advocacy and her desire to help people in a tangible way. She graduated in 1993 from Case Western Law School in Cleveland, Ohio where she was recognized with American Jurisprudence Awards for Torts and for Oral Advocacy and Brief Writing. She was actively involved with the Students for Public Interest Law Fellowships, a student group which financially sponsored public interest law summer clerkships.
Memberships & Honors
Lara’s professional memberships and recognitions include:
- Best Lawyers in America® –
2021 Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury Litigation for plaintiffs in Eugene
- Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Rating
- Super Lawyer® – 2022 Oregon Super Lawyers: Top 25 Women
- President and Board of Governors, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA)
- American Association for Justice (AAJ), Leaders Forum
- Oregon State Bar
- Oregon Women Lawyers
- Public Justice
- Lane County Bar Association
- Council on Court Procedures, Oregon’s rule-making body for laws relating to civil procedure
Before Corson & Johnson, Lara was previously Of Counsel with Johnson, Clifton, Larson & Corson. She is a past president of Direction Service, a non-profit that helps people with special needs and their families. In addition, Lara is a former member of the Governor’s Elder Abuse Prevention Workgroup, as well as a former community reporter for the Oregonian’s online newspaper where she reported on the South Eugene boys soccer team. Lara lives in Eugene with her husband and law partner Don Corson. They have two young adult children, and enjoy traveling, skiing, and hiking.
(Common name misspellings: Laura Johnson, Lara Johnston)
If you are in an accident of any kind, Corson and Johnson is the law firm you want to call now. I have no hesitation in recommending this top law firm to represent anyone who has been involved in an any type of accident. I mainly worked with Lara and her tireless team. From the beginning, I felt important and cared about. I did not expect the kind of support I received, and I was always kept well informed and prepared.
Lara and her team helped me procure a provider and treatment for symptoms related to a concession I incurred due to the accident. This was a life changer for me. Lara and her team worked tirelessly to make sure that all details regarding payments to providers were covered in any settlement I might receive. They went above and beyond to ensure that what I was charged was accurate; this was not a simple task.
Lara and her team made sure that I was kept informed, and was always prepared for what I would experience or need to do in regards to the legal process. They took the weight off my shoulders and allowed me to work on healing myself from the injuries incurred during the accident and all that it entailed. Nothing about my case was simple, and I wish I had contacted Corson and Johnson immediately after my accident, and not just when my PIP ran out. I encourage anyone in an injury accident to call this law firm immediately for expert, experienced, and fair legal advice.
They handled my moms case. Truly the most supportive, informative, caring legal team ever!!! It’s been almost a decade since they represented my mom, and I still talk about them frequently on the amount of care and work they put in. Don Corson is an amazing lawyer, I don’t think there could be anyone better. Thank you so much Corson & Johnson for taking such good care of my mom and always being in our corner ❤️
Thank you for all the help you gave our family! We couldn’t have won without your knowledge and resources. Your team fought hard for what our Daughter deserved. I would hands down recommend this law firm. Friendly, Compassionate and Knowledgeable.
We associated with Lara on a complicated nursing home death case. She’s the “go to” lawyer for assisted care facility malpractice.
“Lara represented my husband’s estate in a wrongful death case. I had spoken to a couple other lawyers that declined the case “for lack of a smoking gun”. She listened to my husband’s story with interest and compassion and felt there was a valid case. I found Lara to be very through and detailed in her investigation of the facts without being clinical or harsh. She was excellent at keeping me updated as things progressed and clear in her explanations and instructions. The wheels of justice seem to grind slowly, but Lara was supportive every step of the way and brought the case to a successful conclusion. I hope I never need this type of representation again, but if I do I would definitely choose Lara. I highly recommend her to anyone in need of a personal injury lawyer.”
Lara is a smart and compassionate advocate for injured people and their families. I am always impressed with willingness and ability to take on challenging issues for her clients and achieve great results.
“I can’t say enough about Lara Johnson and her team. I felt so supported after my car accident. She was able to ensure that my medical and other related costs would be paid in full, and the team took care of dealing with all the insurance companies so that I didn’t have to. I feel as though this group of attorneys really listens; they understood the extent of my injuries and were able to help sort through all the red tape to ensure that I was able to get the help and care that I needed.”
“I am a past client. Unfortunately someone T-Boned me and caused injuries to myself and totaled my vehicle. My personal attorney recommended Corson and Johnson. I am glad they did! Lara accepted my case and worked tooth and nail to help me through a difficult time of lost revenue and injuries. If you are looking for an ethical, hard working firm then look no further.👍👍”
The Corson and Johnson Law Firm is amazing, My entire time working with them felt like I was with family the whole time and they brought me in with open arms! I still talk to some of the staff. They work hard and fight for you whole heartedly! Let’s just say they do their job very well! My car accident was in 2010 and I was only 16 years old and without their help I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today, I couldn’t thank them enough for everything they did for me through the hardest time of my life. I definitely recommend Corson and Johnson Law Firm!
“The Corson & Johnson Law Firm handled my case with professionalism and the all important personal touch — every step of the way. It was priceless to be able to turn over the responsibility for calling medical and insurance providers – they handled everything in such a way that I never stressed about the outcome of my case or monetary issues. I’d highly recommend.”
“Corson and Johnson took extremely good care of me. Lara Johnson was my attorney and I do not have enough good things to say about her and her team. I felt heard, supported, and just when I thought there was no hope, there she was. No one knows your pain and that is hard to share sometimes when you’re going through it. She never made me feel judged. She communicated with me just the right amount. She checked in as she needed and I knew that her and her team were working on my case even when they were in contact. Every time I spoke with her,I was impressed. If I could give Corson and Johnson and specifically Lara higher than a 5-star rating, I would. I hope to never have to use an accident attorney again, but if I did I would call Corson and Johnson in a heartbeat. They were phenomenal!”
“Lara Johnson and her team are wonderful. They were on top of my case every moment and explained everything to me step by step. I felt heard and understood. I knew they had my best interest at heart. I couldn’t be more pleased with the result. Thank you. Thank you. “
” I would highly recommend the Corson and Johnson Law Firm. I selected them to represent myself based on a recommendation from a friend. They are very kind, smart, and capable. They communicated the stages of my case to me appropriately and were very gracious in answering any questions I had. I was pleased with the resolution of my case and should I need representation again I will be using this firm.”
“I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to both Don Corson and Lara Johnson. I greatly appreciate the respect and care afforded me following a serious auto accident in July 2007. From the very beginning, I was impressed with the firm’s personal attention and commitment to integrity. Don drove all the way to Portland to meet with me – on a Saturday no less. I was immediately taken with his depth of care, knowledge, and practical advice. I soon met and continued to work with Lara Johnson. Lara combined her keen mind and expertise with affirming conversation, guidance, and personal compassion. She is quick, smart, and responsive; she handled my case with the utmost integrity and grace. Lara has the ability to cut through the red tape often encountered, and was appreciatively frank and proactive. Lara has my highest recommendation not only because she is so good at what she does in her work, but because she adds a very human touch to what can be complex and frustrating matters. My experience with Lara and Don was especially meaningful for me because it is not often in a business relationship that one feels truly cared about on a personal level. The world needs more attorneys like Lara and Don – they embody everything the legal profession strives to be.”
“Corson and Johnson exceeded my expectations of a personal injury lawyer. Lara was very thorough throughout the case and successfully worked towards a fair settlement.”
“Corson and Johnson law firm is the best! I have had their help on two cases and received the best possible outcomes I could’ve asked for! They are very professional, respectful and diligent. Corson and Johnson also care about their clients and always do their best to make their clients life happier and easier through out the process of the case! They even cut some of their fees to give me a bigger settlement! If you’re looking for a law firm to represent you, they are the ones for sure! -Mr. And Mrs. Monarrez”
“Lara Johnson and her staff were wonderful to work with!!! You can clearly see that she honestly cares about her clients! Her compassion and understanding made a world of difference for my son, who was her actual client, after being hit by a drunk driver. She has a vast knowledge of the types of injuries, both the temporary and permanent, and how they will likely affect the rest of his life. Of course, as with any attorney, this is a job and it is also about making money.
However, she also wanted to make sure he received the largest amount possible due to the fact that even after almost 2 years of various treatments, he has permanent injuries that will greatly affect the rest of his life. Not only did she get him the settlement, they got him a Lump Sum to begin with, as he still needs a lot of dental work done and wanted to get a few things, but set the rest up in an annuity. He was super happy knowing she was looking after future.
Especially since he is a 19 year old kid who could easily blow through a lot of money, and is concerned that people may try to take advantage of him knowing he has a brain injury that greatly affects his memory and decision making. Not only is it very obvious she truly does cares and showed a great deal of compassion, he is actually sad that he won’t need to see her anymore. He said he is going to miss her, and everyone else there at the office.
Unfortunately, under very unfortunate and heartbreaking circumstances, I recommended her to a very close family friend. I know she will do everything she can to help his family, especially under such tragic circumstances, and show every bit of compassion she showed to my son. So, not only have I already, I will recommend her to anyone I know who finds themselves in the need of her services. We were recommended to Lara to begin with, and I would call her immediately should any of us have anything like this every happen to our family. I greatly recommend her to anyone who may find themselves in similar circumstances!!! Without a doubt! 100%!!!!”
Lara Johnson and her staff were wonderful to work with!!! You can clearly see that she honestly cares about her clients! Her compassion and understanding made a world of difference for my son, who was her actual client, after being hit by a drunk driver. She has a vast knowledge of the types of injuries, both the temporary and permanent, and how they will likely affect the rest of his life.
Of course, as with any attorney, this is a job and it is also about making money. However, she also wanted to make sure he received the largest amount possible due to the fact that even after almost 2 years of various treatments, he has permanent injuries that will greatly affect the rest of his life. Not only did she get him the settlement, they got him a Lump Sum to begin with, as he still needs a lot of dental work done and wanted to get a few things, but set the rest up in an annuity. He was super happy knowing she was looking after future. Especially since he is a 19 year old kid who could easily blow through a lot of money, and is concerned that people may try to take advantage of him knowing he has a brain injury that greatly affects his memory and decision making.
Not only is it very obvious she truly does cares and showed a great deal of compassion, he is actually sad that he won’t need to see her anymore. He said he is going to miss her, and everyone else there at the office.
Unfortunately, under very unfortunate and heartbreaking circumstances, I recommended her to a very close family friend. I know she will do everything she can to help his family, especially under such tragic circumstances, and show every bit of compassion she showed to my son. So, not only have I already, I will recommend her to anyone I know who finds themselves in the need of her services.
We were recommended to Lara to begin with, and I would call her immediately should any of us have anything like this every happen to our family. I greatly recommend her to anyone who may find themselves in similar circumstances!!! Without a doubt! 100%!!!!
“Lara Johnson is very warm hearten and professional. I got both quality and efficient results as well as fast and friendly service. I would be a client again if ever needed. I would recommend her to anyone.”
I have worked with Lara Johnson on a horrific wrongful death/dram shop case. I was very impressed by her knowledge, skill, and passion. Lara is a tireless advocate for her clients that understands all of the rigors of litigation. Lara gets fantastic results on very challenging cases.
I wholeheartedly recommend and endorse attorney Lara Johnson. I have worked with her on multiple injury cases, and have found her to be consistently thorough, knowledgeable and tenacious. She is quick to identify all issues, both legal and factual, and my clients are very pleased with her expertise, ability and the results she has achieved. I refer clients to her with full confidence, and recommend her without hesitation.
I have witnessed first-hand Lara’s work for clients. She is a tenacious, professional and passionate advocate. I have recommended matters to her because of my confidence in her ability to effectively help clients.
I endorse Lara Johnson. She’s a great attorney and very pleasant to work with.
Lara is a smart, hard working and compassionate trial attorney. She is ethical and well respected by her peers. I endorse her wholeheartedly.
” I hired Lara after an auto accident in which I suffered a traumatic brain injury, neck and spine injuries, shoulder and clavicle injury, and a leg being knocked out of alignment. I had been told by one lawyer, with another firm in town, that my case wasn’t worth much…no broken bones, no blood…and not to expect much compensation in the state of Oregon. I then spoke to Lara and asked if she’d be able, with her fee, to get me a higher settlement than if I negotiated with the insurance company on my own. Lara’s answer, “Absolutely!” There was no hesitation; direct, resounding, confident. Much different than the first lawyer I spoke to and I knew “absolutely” that Lara Johnson was who I wanted representing me. Lara further impressed me with how thoroughly she handled my case. Within a week, Lara had sent out rep letters to the hospital ER, physical therapists, massage therapists, doctors and police requesting records relating to the accident. She even went to the scene of the accident to take photographs of the location. Additionally, Lara had me complete a questionnaire, which not only covered my medical history, but my educational and personal accomplishments, as well. She looked at my case from all angles. She was able to represent me because she spent the time to find out who she was representing. Lara responded quickly to my calls and e-mails and updated me monthly on the status of my year-long case. Thankfully, I didn’t represent myself. Lara settled my case for the full amount of the insured’s policy…You really, literally, can’t do any better than that!!!”
“The Corson & Johnson Law Firm represented my minor son and I after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Having never been in a situation where I needed a lawyer, I was quite nervous. From my very first phone call through the entire case Lara, Don and their staff made me feel completely comfortable. They treated my case as if it were the most important one they had (I am sure it wasn’t)– always making sure that my son and I were okay through the whole process. They kept me updated and informed about my case and were thorough with answering all of my questions. The entire legal team was highly professional, accommodating, compassionate, considerate and kind…just really good people. I have no hesitation in giving The Corson & Johnson Law Firm my highest recommendation.”
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