James D. Johnson

Practice Overview

James D. Johnson is of counsel at Rhodes Hieronymus. His areas of specialization include prosecution and defense of general and professional liability claims, insurance law and coverage, insurance bad faith defense and general insurance defense.


Jim Johnson earned his bachelors degree from University of Northern Iowa in 1973 and his law degree from Oklahoma City University in 1986.

Mr. Johnson joined Rhodes Hieronymus in 2007 focusing on Insurance and Corporate Trial defense. He defends insurance bad faith, commercial general liability, commercial automobile and personal automobile suits, premises liability suits, products liability suits, coverage analysis for general liability, professional liability, commercial automobile, excess and umbrella issues including construction defect, oilfield liability and prosecution of indemnity actions. He is currently prosecuting and defending insurance coverage issues and declaratory judgment actions for various carriers in state and federal courts.

Prior to joining Rhodes Hieronymus Mr. Johnson served as House Counsel and Assistant Vice President for Mid-Continent Group (Mid Continent Casualty Company, Mid-Continent Insurance Company, Oklahoma Surety Company) Tulsa, Oklahoma. He supervised large loss litigation directing outside counsel in all states that Mid-Continent Group writes insurance, primarily focused on commercial liability policies in the specialized fields of homebuilding/contractors liability, oilfield liability and professional liability. Supervised large loss litigation involving commercial automobile policies, and managed reported environmental and asbestosis cases. Researched and analyzed coverage, inter-company insurance disputes, contract interpretation and legal analysis of first and third party lawsuits. Managed all bad faith cases filed against Mid-Continent Group companies.


  • Undergraduate School: University of Northern Iowa
    Graduated: 1973

  • Law School: Oklahoma City University
    Graduated: 1986

Admitted to Practice

  • Oklahoma Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Western and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma

Professional Affiliations

  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel