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Hon. Hurl W. Johnson, Ret. - Mediator

POSITION: Of Counsel

1125 I Street, Suite 1
Modesto, CA 95354

(209) 524-1100 main
(209) 524-1188 fax

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

(559) 433-1300 main
(559) 433-2300 fax

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Juris Doctor, 1977 
University of San Diego School of Law 

Masters, Public Administration, 1989
California State University, Stanislaus 

Bachelor of Arts, 1974
California State University, Hayward 


Judge Johnson retired from the Stanislaus County Superior Court in September of 2014 after 20 years of distinguished service.  His most recent assignment included presiding over the civil direct calendar where he handled almost every case type including medical malpractice, civil rights, breach of contract, product liability, complex personal injury, employment, insurance coverage, eminent domain, probate, construction defect and class action cases.  During this time he heard civil law and motion in addition to numerous jury and court trials many of them lasting several months and covering all matters of civil litigation.  As a result, Judge Johnson became very proactive in case management and was an avid proponent of early resolution of cases and as such he dedicated his last five years on the bench to participating in as many voluntary settlement conferences as possible.  In 2014, Judge Johnson was certified as a mediator by the Pepperdine University School of Law Straus Institute.


Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution with extensive experience in general Civil Litigation including Contracts, Personal Injury, Employment, Insurance, Professional Malpractice, Probate and Family Law.  Judge Johnson is available as a neutral in Modesto, Fresno, as well as Northern California.

Professional Associations

Judge Johnson is a member of the State Bar of California and of the California Judges’ Association.  He is a former President (1994) and member of the Stanislaus County Bar Association.  Judge Johnson is also a member of the Wray Ladine American Inn of Court and has served as its President (1999).

Publications & Lectures

Throughout his judicial career, Judge Johnson has dedicated his time to teaching numerous classes for the California Judges’ Association as well as MCLE classes for the Stanislaus County Bar Association on evidence, trial techniques and case management.