Timothy D. Johnson

Phone: (952) 314-1169
Email: tjohnson@sjjlawfirm.com

“Helping people navigate and overcome legal challenges is the best part of being a lawyer.  My clients can expect that whether drafting a simple contract or litigating a multimillion-dollar case, I will take the time to understand all of the legal, financial, and business implications of their situation so we can define and develop a clear path to success.”

Tim represents both individual and business clients in a wide range of legal matters both in and out of court.  Tim has handled numerous cases in state and federal court, before multiple appellate courts, and in administrative court.  Tim also represents homeowners and business owners at insurance appraisals.  In addition to an extensive litigation practice, Tim counsels clients in real estate transactions such as commercial leases, purchase agreements, and other types of real estate matters.

He practices in the following areas:

Tim is a member of the Hennepin County Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Minnesota Bar Association’s Real Property Section, he serves as a volunteer in Mitchell Hamline’s Mentor Program, he serves as a volunteer coach for the Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition, and he serves as a volunteer on the Contractor Association of Minnesota’s public policy committee.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • Juris Doctorate, Magna Cum Laude
  • St. Mary’s University, Winona, Minnesota
    • Bachelor of Science, Business

Honors and Awards

  • Minnesota Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2017-2018
  • Humanitarian of the Year by Contractors Association of Minnesota

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association’s Real Property Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Publications and Presentation

  • Insurance Appraisals 101, MNAES, 2015
  • Revisiting Cedar Bluff, MNAES, 2015
  • Insurance Law Basics for General Contractors, CAM, 2016
  • Loss Payment Provisions, ABA, 2017
  • Minnesota Insurance Appraisal Guide, RSJ, 2017
  • General Contractor Tools and Tips, GAF, 2017
  • Weathering the Storm, CAM 2018
  • Law and Business, GAF, 2018

Reported Cases

  • Poehler v. Cincinnati Insurance Company, 899 N.W.2d 135 (Minn. 2017) (Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed that Minnesota’s prejudgment interest statute applies to appraisal awards)
  • Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Redwood Falls v. Housing Authority Property Insurance, 864 F.3d 986 (8th Cir. 2017) (reversing a trial court’s decision not to award interest on an appraisal award)
  • K&R Landholdings, LLC v. Auto-Owners Insurance, 907 N.W.2d 658 (Minn. Ct. App. 2018) (holding that a limitation period in an insurance policy does not limit a policyholder’s right to preaward interest)
  • Walnut Creek Townhome Association v. Depositors Insurance Company, 2017 WL 3077916 (Iowa Ct. App. 2017) (reserving a trial court’s decision to overturn an appraisal award)
  • Zou v. American Modern Home Insurance Company, 86 F.Supp.3d 1050 (D. Minn. 2015) (finding that an exclusion in the policy was unenforceable and therefore the policyholder was entitled to full coverage for a fire loss)
  • Kaltenhauser v. American Family Insurance, 82-CV-15-5709 (Minn. Dist. Ct. 2015) (holding that a “non-matching” endorsement was not enforceable)

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