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Vincent R. Johnson

South Texas Professor of Law


  • Executive LL.M, London School of Economics, 2016
  • LL.D., St. Vincent College, 1991
  • LL.M., Yale University, 1979
  • J.D., University of Notre Dame, 1978
  • B.A., St. Vincent College (Pa.), 1975

License to Practice

  • Texas (active status)
  • Pennsylvania (non resident, inactive status)

Specialties and Courses

  • Tort law
  • Legal ethics
  • Remedies
  • Legal malpractice


Vincent R. Johnson is a Professor of Law and Director of the Institute on Chinese Law & Business. He teaches and writes in the areas of torts, professional responsibility, legal malpractice, government ethics, international law, and comparative law.

Johnson served as a Fulbright Scholar in China and Romania and as a law clerk for judges at the New York Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago.

As a Supreme Court Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, he assisted Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist with his duties as head of the federal judiciary. Johnson received the Administration of Justice Award from the Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association at a dinner attended by the current Chief Justice, John Roberts.

Johnson is a prolific scholar. His articles have been cited in more than 190 law reviews, 37 federal and state court decisions, and various treatises. He is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Journal of Comparative Law, which is published by Oxford University Press. Johnson’s books have been assigned as required reading at more than forty American law schools.

Professor Johnson is an elected member of the American Law Institute. He received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, a national honor conferred by the Boy Scouts of America. He was made a member of the Order of Art and Culture by the City of Innsbruck, Austria.

Professor Johnson received his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame, an LL.M from Yale University, and an Executive LL.M. from the London School of Economics. He has taught law and lectured in eleven countries.


Member, American Law Institute
Member, Aegean/Black Sea Peer Review Committee, Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, 2005-2008
Member, Advisory Board, Chinese Review of Common Law (edited in the UK and published in the PRC) (2002-2005)
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Carolina Academic Press (1995-present)
Commissioner, Judicial Fellows Commission (1993-99)
1997-1999, Chair, Mayor of San Antonio’s Taskforce on Ethics in Government (the work of which led to the adoption of a new ethics code governing the city’s 11,000 officials and employees)
1989-2001, Director of the St. Mary’s University Institute on World Legal Problems, a summer program on international and comparative law conducted annually at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. Participants included five Justices of the United States Supreme Court, students from 90 American law schools and more than 40 visiting professors from Austria, China, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Russia and the United States.
San Antonio Bar Foundation
Texas Bar Foundation
State Bar of Texas
San Antonio Bar Association
American Bar Association
Fulbright Association
Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers



  • Advanced Tort Law:  A Problem Approach (LexisNexis 2014, 2010)
  • Studies in American Tort Law5th ed. (Carolina Academic Press, 2013)
  • A Concise Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers (ALI 2007) co-edited with Fortney.
  • Studies in American Tort Law (Carolina Academic Press, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2009), with Alan Gunn.
  • Mastering Torts, 5th ed. (Carolina Academic Press, 2013)
  • Mastering Torts (Carolina Academic Press, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2009). This book was published in Beijing by China Renmin University Press under the title American Tort Law (2004) in two versions, one in Chinese and the other in English with Chinese keywords. (A third translation of the 2005 edition was published in Taipei by Wu-Nan Books Inc. in 2006)
  • Legal Malpractice Law: Problems and Prevention (Thomson West Advanced Tort Law:  A Problem Approach 2015, 2008) with Susan Saab Fortney.
  • Teaching Torts, 5th ed. (Carolina Academic Press, 1995, 1999, 2005, 2009), with Alan Gunn.

Articles in a Periodical

Media Highlights

  • Is Nanotechnology the New Asbestos, Austin American-Statesman, Dec. 28, 2016
  • In a Libel Lawsuit, Burden on Trump Would Be Heavy, San Antonio Express-News, Oct. 31, 2016, at A9


  • Take a look at the video about Professor Johnson’s book, Advanced Tort Law, on YouTube.
  • For more information about Professor Johnson’s research, go to SSRN.
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