Johnson, Bonnie J.

  Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
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Practice Areas

Bonnie Johnson practices in the areas of business litigation, appeals, employment and nonprofit law. Her clients represent a wide range of enterprises, including both for- and non-profit entities such as insurance companies, retail sellers, manufacturers, rural water providers, charter schools and community development corporations.

Ms. Johnson represents employers in litigation under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. In addition, she advises employers on various employment-related matters, including wage and hour issues, non-discriminatory practices, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, document destruction and retention, employee handbooks, hiring and termination.

Ms. Johnson has represented clients in appeals before the Arkansas Supreme Court, the Arkansas Court of Appeals, and the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Ms. Johnson successfully argued, as an issue of first impression, that claims brought under the Arkansas Long Term Care Residents’ Rights Act are subject to a three-year statute of limitations. Med. Liab. Mut. Ins. Co. v. Alan Curtis LLC, 519 F.3d 466 (8th Cir. 2008).

Professional Background

Before joining the Arkansas Bar, Ms. Johnson worked for Arkansas nonprofit organizations for twenty-five years. Most recently, she served as executive director of Nonprofit Resources, Inc., an organization dedicated to developing the capacity and infrastructure of Arkansas’s nonprofit sector.

Ms. Johnson used her experience in the nonprofit and legal arenas to write the Legal Guide for Arkansas Nonprofit and Volunteer Organizations, published in conjunction with the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law and the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support.  The complete text of the Legal Guide for Arkansas NonProfit and Volunteer Organizations can be downloaded by clicking here.

Ms. Johnson earned her Juris Doctor and Master of Public Administration degrees with high honors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law and the UALR Institute of Government. She clerked for two years for Justice Annabelle Clinton Imber of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Community Activities

Ms. Johnson is an active community volunteer. She founded the Jennifer L. Carson Endowment, a scholarship for single parents who are students at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law. She serves on the board of directors of the Disability Rights Center, Arkansas’s protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities. Ms. Johnson volunteers for the Arkansas Repertory Theater and is a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.

Ms. Johnson is also active in the Henry Woods Inn of Court and the Arkansas Bar Association.

Legal Guide for Arkansas Nonprofit and Volunteer Organizations.  Click here to download the book in PDF format.

Practice Area
General Business Litigation, Advice and compliance guidance for not-for-profit organizations