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Meg Johnson has extensive litigation experience defending high-exposure cases arising from major commercial transportation accidents.


Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, Attorney, Meg Johnson

Margaret A. “Meg” Johnson

Senior Counsel

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Personal Injury Defense

Transportation Liability

Construction Liability and Defects

Premises Liability/Retail Litigation

Intellectual Property Litigation

Products Liability

Agribusiness/Farm and Ranch Liability

Recreational Liability

Equine Law





Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, J.D., 2003


Auburn University, B.A., 2000


Woodward Academy











State Bar of Texas

Dallas Bar Association

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

American College of Equine Attorneys





U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. District Court

Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court

Eastern District of Texas

Meg Johnson is recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Preeminent attorney. On several occasions, Super Lawyers magazine has selected Ms. Johnson as a Rising Star, an honor conferred on less than five percent of attorneys under the age of 40 in the state of Texas.


Ms. Johnson is a senior associate who comes to the firm with more than a decade of extensive litigation experience defending high-exposure cases arising from major commercial transportation accidents, including allegations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations violations. She has also defended numerous cases involving recreational accidents arising from church camps, motor sports, amusement parks, boating and horse-related activities.


Ms. Johnson has substantial experience in equine, farm and ranch-related issues. She is well versed in the purchase and sale of elite competition horses and rodeo stock, the application of Texas Farm Animal Limitation of Liability Act, and protection of trademarks. She is a member, by invitation, of the prestigious American College of Equine Attorneys. Ms. Johnson is an adjunct professor at a local university, teaching copyright and intellectual property law. She also developed master classes in Copyright, Intellectual Property Law, Publishing and Licensing for the university's online education program.


Outside her legal practice, Ms. Johnson enjoys time with her husband, Jared, and young son, Charlie. She is an avid equestrian, currently competing in the western sport of reining on her American Quarter Horse, Jac Smart. She is a graduate of the United States Pony Club, and serves as a national examiner, mentor and clinician for horsemanship programs throughout the U.S. Ms. Johnson was recently inducted into the association's Academy of Achievement, which honors alumni who have attained outstanding achievements in their chosen fields after graduation. During college, she was co-captain of Auburn University's intercollegiate equestrian team, and was named MVP during her senior year. She also served the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association as Miss Rodeo Georgia. During law school, Ms. Johnson competed as Miss Longview Area for the title of Miss Texas (preliminary to Miss America) promoting, HEART: Healing through Equine Assisted Rehabilitation and Therapy. She remains loyal to her pageant platform as a current board member and legal advisor for Apache's Angels Foundation, a nonprofit association that provides funding to equine-assisted therapy programs throughout North Texas.



Representative Matters


Favorable settlement obtained on behalf of large local automobile dealership in auto accident lawsuit in which Plaintiff(s) underwent multiple spinal surgeries and made significant claims for past/future medical expenses, lost wages and loss of earning capacity.


Favorable settlement (after two days of a trial anticipated to last two to three weeks) on behalf of a local delivery company, in an accident case arising out of a weather-related rear-end collision. Plaintiff originally brought claims of negligence, gross negligence, negligent entrustment and negligent hiring/retention, and claimed damages including an abdominal surgery and exacerbation of a previous traumatic brain injury.


Settlement of fatality motor vehicle accident lawsuit against veterinary clinic in which Plaintiff alleged that veterinarian failed to properly control an equine.


Settlement of personal injury lawsuit against saddle manufacturer involving allegations of DTPA, Breach of Warranty, Breach of Contract, and Negligent Design, Manufacture and Marketing.


Settlement of multimillion-dollar claim by various racehorse syndicate shareholders against barn owner arising out of barn fire.


Successfully obtained TRO and Injunction for horse owner involved in sales dispute with non-paying installment sale buyer.


Secured judicial foreclosure of horse under Texas Property Code Section 70.003 (Texas Stable Keeper's Lien) and subsequent recovery of horse registration papers from breed registry.


Obtained transfer holds with the American Quarter Horse Association and The Jockey Club for various clients involved in sales and/or ownership transfer disputes.



Trial Victories

As lead trial counsel, Ms. Johnson obtained favorable (100%) subrogation jury verdict for an insurance company client.


Obtained multiple favorable verdicts as lead trial counsel for large retailer in breach of contract/breach of warranty lawsuits.


As trial counsel for a national insurance company, Ms. Johnson obtained favorable verdict for defense in significant exposure property damage lawsuit.




“Mitigating Direct Liability in Commercial Auto Litigation” (Emmett J. Vaughn Agribusiness Conference).


“Liability Issues Facing Texas Rural Landowners and Basics of Equine Law” (Emmett J. Vaughn Agribusiness Conference).


"Texas Law Update Has Big Impact on Liability of Rodeo Producers and Stock Contractors;" summarized impact of new Texas Farm Animal Limitation of Liability Act on the rodeo industry (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association "ProRodeo Sport News").


"The Truth Behind the Texas Equine Activity Liability Act": (Cross Country News, a publication of North Texas Eventing Association).


"Equine Liability Common Misconceptions and the Reality Behind Them": (Cross Country News, a publication of North Texas Eventing Association).



Speaking Engagements

2013 Emmett J. Vaughn Agribusiness Conference (Richmond, Va. and Dallas, Texas):
Mitigating Direct Liability in Commercial Auto Litigation

Liability Issues Facing Texas Rural Landowners and Basics of Equine Law






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