Christopher L. Johnson


Chris Johnson is a Partner 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 formerly served on the Board of Management for the T. Boone Pickens YMCA. He is currently a member of the American Association for Justice and serves as the Minority Caucus Board of Governors Representative. Chris is also a member of the Dallas Asian American Bar Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, and the Dallas Bar Association. For the past four years, Chris has been selected for recognition on the Super Lawyers Texas Rising Stars lists, published by Thomson Reuters. He is an AV® Preeminent™ ranked lawyer with a peer review rating of 5.0 out of 5.0, ranking and peer review surveys are conducted by Martindale-Hubbell. Chris is licensed to practice law by the State Bars of Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

Areas of Practice

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

Pro Bono & Community Service

  • Board of Management for the T. Boone Pickens YMCA, 2015-2018
  • Bedford Mentor, University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law, Dallas, Texas 2015

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2009
  • Oregon, 2019
  • Washington, 2020
  • Hawaii, 2021
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 2023
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2020
  • U.S. District Court, Hawaii, 2020
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2020
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2012
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2018


  • 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

  • American Association for Justice
    • Minority Caucus, Board of Governors Representative, 2021-2022
    • Committee Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Minority Caucus, 2020-21
    • Member, Voter Protection Committee, 2021-2023
  • Dallas Asian American Bar Association
    • Connections Committee member, 2015
  • Dallas Association of Young Trial Lawyers
  • Dallas Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • American Association for Justice, Leadership Academy Graduate, 2018
  • AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0, Martindale-Hubbell Featured Peer Review Rated Lawyer
  • Selected for recognition on the Super Lawyers Texas Rising Stars list, published by Thomson Reuters, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • 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

Christopher L. Johnson
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