Terry E. Johnson likes
helping lawyers with problems
BY ANGELA MCMANAMAN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY COREY HENGEN
TERRY E. JOHNSON, A PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY LAWYER
with Peterson, Johnson & Murray in Milwaukee, doesn’t talk
much about his practice. “Probably a lot of the cases I deal
with are nowhere near as interesting as you make them
sound,” he says.
He’s even more tight-lipped about his clients. “They are
not reluctant to share with friends and close colleagues
that they’ve worked with me,” he says. “In a magazine it’s
a little different.”
Listing the compliments he receives from colleagues and
friends—how his mind is a “steel trap”; how he is able to
cross-examine or depose in record time and to maximum
effect; how genuinely nice he seems—doesn’t open up
Johnson, either. It leads him to take a deep breath.
“First of all,” he says, exhaling and smiling slightly, “I’m
surprised you talked to my mother. I can’t imagine anyone
else who would say all those nice things about me.”
All of which is exactly what you want in a professional
liability defense lawyer.
“Somebody super responsible: that’s what I would want,”
one lawyer says about her ideal professional liability attorney.
“This is not a place to do bargain shopping. You would need
someone incredibly experienced.”