Lara Johnson, partner at The Corson & Johnson Law Firm, elected president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association

Lara Johnson of Corson & Johnson was elected President of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) for 2021-2022, after serving the association as President-elect in 2020-2021.

An Oregon attorney for 28 years, Johnson has been a member of OTLA since 1994.  Lara was elected to the OTLA’s Board of Governors in 2008 and has served on the Board ever since. She has also served on the OTLA’s Executive Committee for the past three years.

“OTLA has been a home to me since I began practicing law.  The organization creates a community of lawyers who represent Oregonians harmed by negligence or discrimination.  There is a social and networking aspect to the organization but it also offers excellent educational and training opportunities to its members.  What makes me most proud about being an OTLA member is its advocacy for laws which benefit all Oregonians, including the protection of the constitutional right to jury trial.” – Lara Johnson.

Corson & Johnson has a history of serving OTLA. Her law partner, Don Corson, served as President of OTLA from 1998 to 1999, and every attorney at the firm is a member of OTLA.

Lara Johnson has received many accolades for her trial work in personal injury law and is active in legal and community organizations throughout Oregon.  Lara’s other 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®
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Leaders Forum, and former State Delegate
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Public Justice
  • Lane County Bar Association

Lara was attracted to the legal profession because of her interest in advocacy and her desire to help people in a tangible way. A native Oregonian, 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 that financially sponsored public interest law summer fellowships.

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.  Lara lives in Eugene, Oregon with her husband and law partner Don Corson, and their two children. They enjoy traveling, skiing, and hiking.