Ann Johnson is from Houston, Texas, the youngest of six children of the Honorable Jake and the Honorable Carolyn Marks Johnson. Growing up, she learned the value of hard work, honor of public service and the need to fight for those unable to speak for themselves. Ann's professional career has led her to fight for strengthening families by supporting the rights of women and children seeking justice from their abuse. She is an adjunct professor of law at South Texas College of Law Houston teaching courses in trial skills and jury communication and voir dire. She is an American Leadership Forum, Senior Fellow, Criminal Justice Class 2 and currently sits on the Texas Children's Justice Act Task Force.
Ann with her father, the late Hon. Jake Johnson while in practice at the Johnson Law Firm PC.
Admission to Practice
- State Bar of Texas
- United States Supreme Court
- Southern District of Texas
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Law
- Juvenile Law
- Civil Law
Accomplished Trial and Appellate Attorney
Ann was raised in Houston, Texas. The youngest of six siblings, she would come to her parents' law firm, Johnson Law Firm PC, after school. She was raised with the many people working to seek, and those in need of, justice through our court system.
Her professional work after law school began as a briefing attorney for the Honorable Leslie Brock Yates, then a Justice on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals. Afterward, Ann served as a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office from 2002 until 2005 handling hundreds of misdemeanor, juvenile and felony cases to disposition and verdict.
In 2005, Ann was diagnosed with cancer and left the District Attorney’s Office to focus on her health and family. Ann later entered private practice where she represented citizens with civil, criminal and juvenile matters. Ann’s docket included the representation of many child victims of prostitution, and she was a founding member of the GIRLS Court, a special court dedicated to assisting children lawfully brought to the juvenile justice system who may also be victims of human trafficking.
Ann's civil practice includes personal injury and trial and appellate counsel in a Title IX case, which led to a Federally affirmed recovery on behalf of two children suffering "bullying" and assaults in school.
Ann also pursued an active appellate practice, litigating cases in the First and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. One of her most significant cases was In re B.W., in which the Texas Supreme Court reversed the Harris County District Attorney’s prosecution of a 13-year-old child for prostitution and created a framework for protecting child victims of exploitation and human trafficking.
Ann returned to work for Harris County District Attorney Mike Anderson as a human trafficking specialist focusing on protecting victims and prosecuting those who exploit them. Ann continued this work under his successor District Attorney Devon Anderson. Ann has worked on hundreds of case matters and investigations of issues from Class B Misdemeanors to serious First Degree Felonies.
During those years of supervision and development, the specialty grew into a Section with five prosecutors, an investigator and paralegal. Ann received a Smart Prosecution Grant from the Department of Justice / Bureau of Justice Assistance in order to create SAFE Court. Ann's dedication and hard work with law enforcement and public and private partners resulted in a paradigm shift in significantly increased victim identification and increased prosecution of exploiters; pimps and johns.
District Attorney Kim Ogg assigned Ann to be a floating felony court trial chief. While honored to be recognized for trial skills, Ann’s passion for working directly with victims of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation was strong enough to return her to private practice.
Ann has great gratitude for these elected officials for allowing her the honor to serve the citizens of Harris County and the State of Texas in public service.
Ann's work in public and private service has allowed her the opportunity to handle numerous contested matters with some forty jury trials.