Strategic Federal And State Criminal Defense

Thomas A. Johnson

Thomas A. Johnson


Practice Areas

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Law - Federal (White Collar Crime)
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Investigations by the F.B.I. or I.R.S.
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Political Corruption
  • Homicide
  • Sexual Offenses
  • Domestic Violence
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Thomas A. Johnson is a former Supervising Deputy District Attorney and former Assistant United States Attorney. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Johnson worked on organized crime, money laundering and white collar crime. Mr. Johnson has defended some of the most high-profile defendants in the Sacramento area on crimes ranging from murder to money laundering. Mr. Johnson’s clients have included professional athletes and some of the most influential people in the region. Mr. Johnson has tried over 115 cases in over 25 years of practice in criminal law. Over the past two and a half decades, Mr. Johnson has handled some of the most complicated and newsworthy cases in the region with great success.


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • Juris Doctorate - 05/1985
  • University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1981
    • Major: Business Finance and Economics

Professional Associations

  • United States Eastern District Planning Committee, 2011 to Present
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, 2006 to Present
  • Cristo Rey High School, Board Chair, 2010 to Present
  • Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment), Board Chairperson, 2004 to 2008
  • National Homicide Symposium, Speaker, 2001 to 2004

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2020
  • Sacramento Business Journal-Best of the Bar, 2009-2020
  • Northern CA Super Lawyers, 2008-2020
  • Sacramento Magazine-Sacramento’s Top Lawyers, 2016 -2020
  • Top Criminal Defense Attorney, Sacramento Business Journal, 2011
  • Prosecutor of the Year, 1996
  • United States Department of Justice Integrity Award, 1995
  • Americas Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys

Community Leadership

Mercy Foundation-Dignity Health, Chair – Board of Trustees: 2015 – Present

  • Chair of Board of Trustees for fundraising arm of Dignity Health
  • Served as Vice Chairman on Finance/Audit Committee
  • The Mercy Foundation raises approximately $7 million annually to fund homeless shelters, schools, specific medical equipment, housing for veterans, and funds for the disadvantaged and marginalized. The Board of Directors, 20 members, is comprised of a diverse group of community leaders.

Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center, Board of Directors: 2018 – Present

  • Non-profit organization helping victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, human trafficking, sexual assault, and child abuse.

Cristo Rey High School, Chair, Board of Directors: 2008 – 2018

  • A private school focused on economically disadvantaged students where employers pay part of tuition in exchange for student work. Approximately 400 students and a $3.7 million annual budget.
  • Led board on a $10.5 million capital campaign to build a new school in 2015.

Eastern District of California, Conference Planning Committee, 2014 – 2016

WEAVE, Women Escaping a Violent Environment, Member, 2003 – 2009

President, Board of Directors, 2004 – 2007

  • Non-profit organization serving the needs of the men, women, and children who have experienced domestic violence or have been sexually assaulted.
  • Led the Board of Directors, 18 members, on a capital campaign to raise $5 million to build a safehouse in 2008.

Volunteers-In-Parole, Board of Directors: 1995 – 1998

  • Mentored parolees to help with life skills.