Hal Johnson regularly litigates various matters in both state and federal courts. He devotes a significant portion of his practice to insurance, and he regularly advises clients regarding their insurance needs and represents them when disputes over coverage arise.  Hal handles insurance coverage work for several insurance companies, and he also advises both individual and corporate policyholders on various types of insurance, including property, liability, directors and officers and environmental insurance policies.
 

Hal Johnson regularly litigates various matters in both state and federal courts. He devotes a significant portion of his practice to insurance, and he regularly advises clients regarding their insurance needs and represents them when disputes over coverage arise.  Hal handles insurance coverage work for several insurance companies, and he also advises both individual and corporate policyholders on various types of insurance, including property, liability, directors and officers and environmental insurance policies.

Hal is also a co-chair of the firm’s education practice group.  He works with educational institutions on various matters, both inside and outside the courtroom.  He advises colleges and independent schools regarding board-level governance; Title IX investigations; FERPA and privacy issues; student conduct codes and disciplinary proceedings; endowment management and the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (“UPMIFA”); employment disputes and tenure denial decisions; policies regarding free speech and political speech on campus; Department of Education and/or Office of Civil Rights investigations; and facilities management, as well as risk management and insurance needs.

In addition to his work in the insurance and education arenas, Hal works with the firm’s tax practice to handle litigation matters related to state and local taxation.  He also litigates general commercial disputes, personal injury claims and other litigation for the firm’s clients.

Hal is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the American Bar Association, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys and the Defense Research Institute. Civically, he is a co-chair of the Richmond Regional Selection Committee for the University of Virginia's Jefferson Scholar Program and a member of the board of the Virginia College Fund. He is listed in Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” (2008, 2010-present), and he is listed in Virginia Super Lawyers magazine for General Litigation (2018-present). He previously was listed in Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars magazine (2008-2017).

Hal received his Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar and an Echols Scholar. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Reported Cases

  • Kohl's Dep't Stores, Inc. v. Virginia Dep't of Taxation, 294 Va. 57, 60, 803 S.E.2d 336, 338 (2017)
  • Corporate Executive Bd. v. Virginia Dept. of Taxation, 2017 WL 3879140 (Arlington County Circuit Court, 2017).
  • Elliott v. Carter, 292 Va. 618, 621, 791 S.E.2d 730, 732 (2016)
  • Selective Way Ins. Co. v. Crawl Space Door Sys., Inc., 162 F. Supp. 3d 547, 549 (E.D. Va. 2016)
  • Livia Properties, LLC v. Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc., No. CIV.A. 5:14-00053, 2015 WL 4711585, at *1 (W.D. Va. Aug. 7, 2015), aff'd sub nom. Livia Properties, II, LLC v. Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc., 646 F. App'x 322 (4th Cir. 2016)
  • Minnesota Lawyers Mut. Ins. Co. v. Batzli, 442 F. App'x 40, 41 (4th Cir. 2011)
  • TMS Envirocon, Inc v. BB&T Insurance Services, Inc. 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 10615 (4th Cir. 2011)
  • Beausoleil v. Peterbilt Motors Company, et al., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 58445 (E.D. VA 2010)
  • RMA Lumber, Inc. v. Pioneer Machinery, LLC, et al., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93472 (W.D. Va. 2009)
  • ACL Realty Corp. v. .Com Properties, LLC, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39131 (W.D. Va. 2007)
  • Campbell v. Mahan, 77 Va. Cir. 465; 2006 Va. Cir. LEXIS 185, (Nelson County Cir. Ct., 2006)

Representative Experience

Insurance:

  • Advised Fortune 500 company regarding directors & officers insurance coverage and communicated with carriers and defense counsel regarding available coverage in wake of securities class action litigation and derivative shareholder demands.
  • Represented insurer in multi-million property claim arising out of alleged hurricane damage to hotel property, resulting in arbitration award of roughly 25% of the amount claimed.
  • Represented insurer in $86 million lawsuit filed by food manufacturer in wake of total loss by fire. 
  • Conducted investigation and EUO for property insurer in dubious claim submitted by insured business regarding allegedly stolen equipment, resulting in abandonment of claim by insured.
  • Drafted extensive coverage opinion on behalf of national insurance carrier regarding available coverage for various types of property damage associated with sewage backup at large, well-known day care facility.
  • Represented property insurer in dispute with insured restaurant related to first-party claims in the wake of Hurricane Isabel.
  • Represented environmental liability insurance carrier in dispute over coverage for first-party claims for property damage and clean-up costs by named and additional insureds arising out of contamination resulting from dry cleaning operations.
  • Drafted detailed coverage opinion for various excess insurers regarding coverage obligations arising out of oil spill in Panama.
  • Defended insurance company against coverage and bad faith claims made by doctor who claimed disabilities under a policy.
  • Defended excess insurer in coverage dispute with insured pharmaceutical company over hundreds of claims involving injury resulting from use of the insured's medical products.
  • Defended insurance agent against claims alleging that our client did not properly advise its client of potential liability claims against the client, which resulted in the carrier's denial of an eventual claim on grounds of late notice.
  • Represented internationally-known entertainer to secure insurance coverage following a dispute over coverage arising out of an incident with a tour bus that resulted in multiple personal injury claims.
  • Defended insurance agent claims alleging that our client did not properly advise its client of potential liability claims against the client, which resulted in the carrier's denial of an eventual claim on grounds of late notice.
  • Represented policyholder in dispute with mutual insurance company comprised of jewelry store owners regarding calculation of loss for employee dishonesty claim.
  • Obtained jury verdict on behalf of attorney in dispute regarding notice to malpractice insurer regarding prompt notice of malpractice claim.
  • Provided coverage opinion for financial institution related to availability of directors and officers coverage for potential claims arising out of merger with another institution.
  • Obtained full coverage limits on behalf of industrial client in arbitration dispute with insurer regarding coverage for personal injury claims by employee arising out of exposure to asbestos.
  • Conduct insurance review for trucking company to assess appropriate types and levels of property and liability insurance coverage.
  • Conduct insurance review for international branding company to assess property and liability coverage needs related to array of issues arising out of client’s domestic and international operations.

Education:

  • Represented board of Sweet Briar College in various litigation following board’s decision to close the college, leading to amicable settlement.
  • Represented large private university in insurance coverage litigation related to claims against university for various business torts. 
  • Represented small Virginia college in OCR investigation related to website accessibility, leading to resolution of investigation without opening of formal proceeding.
  • Represented small Virginia college accused of wrongful denial of tenure.  Resulted in withdrawal of claims before lawsuit was filed. 
  • Represented single-sex university in connection with opposition and threatened litigation from alumnae group following decision to open a co-educational program.

 

Reported Cases

  • Kohl's Dep't Stores, Inc. v. Virginia Dep't of Taxation, 294 Va. 57, 60, 803 S.E.2d 336, 338 (2017)
  • Corporate Executive Bd. v. Virginia Dept. of Taxation, 2017 WL 3879140 (Arlington County Circuit Court, 2017).
  • Elliott v. Carter, 292 Va. 618, 621, 791 S.E.2d 730, 732 (2016)
  • Selective Way Ins. Co. v. Crawl Space Door Sys., Inc., 162 F. Supp. 3d 547, 549 (E.D. Va. 2016)
  • Livia Properties, LLC v. Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc., No. CIV.A. 5:14-00053, 2015 WL 4711585, at *1 (W.D. Va. Aug. 7, 2015), aff'd sub nom. Livia Properties, II, LLC v. Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc., 646 F. App'x 322 (4th Cir. 2016)
  • Minnesota Lawyers Mut. Ins. Co. v. Batzli, 442 F. App'x 40, 41 (4th Cir. 2011)
  • TMS Envirocon, Inc v. BB&T Insurance Services, Inc. 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 10615 (4th Cir. 2011)
  • Beausoleil v. Peterbilt Motors Company, et al., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 58445 (E.D. VA 2010)
  • RMA Lumber, Inc. v. Pioneer Machinery, LLC, et al., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93472 (W.D. Va. 2009)
  • ACL Realty Corp. v. .Com Properties, LLC, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39131 (W.D. Va. 2007)
  • Campbell v. Mahan, 77 Va. Cir. 465; 2006 Va. Cir. LEXIS 185, (Nelson County Cir. Ct., 2006)

Representative Experience

Insurance:

  • Advised Fortune 500 company regarding directors & officers insurance coverage and communicated with carriers and defense counsel regarding available coverage in wake of securities class action litigation and derivative shareholder demands.
  • Represented insurer in multi-million property claim arising out of alleged hurricane damage to hotel property, resulting in arbitration award of roughly 25% of the amount claimed.
  • Represented insurer in $86 million lawsuit filed by food manufacturer in wake of total loss by fire. 
  • Conducted investigation and EUO for property insurer in dubious claim submitted by insured business regarding allegedly stolen equipment, resulting in abandonment of claim by insured.
  • Drafted extensive coverage opinion on behalf of national insurance carrier regarding available coverage for various types of property damage associated with sewage backup at large, well-known day care facility.
  • Represented property insurer in dispute with insured restaurant related to first-party claims in the wake of Hurricane Isabel.
  • Represented environmental liability insurance carrier in dispute over coverage for first-party claims for property damage and clean-up costs by named and additional insureds arising out of contamination resulting from dry cleaning operations.
  • Drafted detailed coverage opinion for various excess insurers regarding coverage obligations arising out of oil spill in Panama.
  • Defended insurance company against coverage and bad faith claims made by doctor who claimed disabilities under a policy.
  • Defended excess insurer in coverage dispute with insured pharmaceutical company over hundreds of claims involving injury resulting from use of the insured's medical products.
  • Defended insurance agent against claims alleging that our client did not properly advise its client of potential liability claims against the client, which resulted in the carrier's denial of an eventual claim on grounds of late notice.
  • Represented internationally-known entertainer to secure insurance coverage following a dispute over coverage arising out of an incident with a tour bus that resulted in multiple personal injury claims.
  • Defended insurance agent claims alleging that our client did not properly advise its client of potential liability claims against the client, which resulted in the carrier's denial of an eventual claim on grounds of late notice.
  • Represented policyholder in dispute with mutual insurance company comprised of jewelry store owners regarding calculation of loss for employee dishonesty claim.
  • Obtained jury verdict on behalf of attorney in dispute regarding notice to malpractice insurer regarding prompt notice of malpractice claim.
  • Provided coverage opinion for financial institution related to availability of directors and officers coverage for potential claims arising out of merger with another institution.
  • Obtained full coverage limits on behalf of industrial client in arbitration dispute with insurer regarding coverage for personal injury claims by employee arising out of exposure to asbestos.
  • Conduct insurance review for trucking company to assess appropriate types and levels of property and liability insurance coverage.
  • Conduct insurance review for international branding company to assess property and liability coverage needs related to array of issues arising out of client’s domestic and international operations.

Education:

  • Represented board of Sweet Briar College in various litigation following board’s decision to close the college, leading to amicable settlement.
  • Represented large private university in insurance coverage litigation related to claims against university for various business torts. 
  • Represented small Virginia college in OCR investigation related to website accessibility, leading to resolution of investigation without opening of formal proceeding.
  • Represented small Virginia college accused of wrongful denial of tenure.  Resulted in withdrawal of claims before lawsuit was filed. 
  • Represented single-sex university in connection with opposition and threatened litigation from alumnae group following decision to open a co-educational program.