School of Law 1 Camino Santa MariaSan Antonio, TX78228 +1-210-436-3011 St. Mary's University

Vincent R. Johnson

Professor of Law


  • 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
  • Pennsylvania

Specialties and Courses

  • Tort law
  • Legal ethics
  • Remedies
  • Legal malpractice


After completing his studies at Yale Law School, Johnson served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Bernard S. Meyer of the New York Court of Appeals and the Hon. Thomas E. Fairchild, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He joined the St. Mary’s faculty in 1982, and has spent over 30 years teaching and writing about tort law, legal ethics, remedies and legal malpractice.

He received the Administration of Justice Award, presented at the United States Supreme Court in 2006 by the Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association “in recognition of many contributions to the understanding of the American legal system through a distinguished career teaching law.”


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)
  • 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.

Shorter Works in Collections

Articles in a Periodical


  • 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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