James H. Johansen



  • University of New Mexico School of Law, J. D., 1980
  • New Mexico State University, B.B.A., high honors, 1977


  • New Mexico
  • United States District Court, New Mexico
  • United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit


  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • Albuquerque Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • President, New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association, 1995
  • State Representative to Defense Research Institute (DRI), 1996-1998
  • Senior Arbitrator: Better Business Bureau


I am a former New Mexico State Representative to the Defense Research Institute and a past President of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association. I was a member of the Board of Directors of the NMDLA from 1994 to 2010. I also served as President of the firm from 2002 through 2006. I was selected as a Southwest Super Lawyer in 2015, 2016 and 2021.  am rated AV®Preeminent™, the highest possible rating, by Martindale-Hubbell® and frequently lecture on insurance coverage issues.  I  was recently included in the 30th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®
for Insurance Law; Professional Malpractice Law- Defendants .

Misrepresentation in the Life, Health, and Disability Insurance Application Process: A National Survey, Second Edition