Nelson Johnson

JSC, (Ret.)

The sequel to "B/E" The Northside is a history of Atlantic City's African-American community,  published in 2010. His third book Battleground New Jersey: Vanderbilt, Hague and Their Fight for Justice was released by Rutgers University Press in 2014. He will soon publish a book on legendary lawyer, Clarence Darrow.

 

The Honorable Nelson C. Johnson, J.S.C.(Ret.) practiced law for 31 years prior to being appointed to the New Jersey Superior Court (Martindale-Hubbell lawyer rating: “A-V”).  During his first eight years on the bench, Judge Johnson sat in the Civil Division and presided over 250(+) jury trials. During his final five years on the bench he was one of three judges in New Jersey assigned to Multi-County Litigation, involving products liability claims.

Early in his career, Judge Johnson served in public office. He was elected twice to the Hammonton School Board, and then elected to two terms as a member of the Atlantic County Freeholder Board. In the early 1980s he represented the Atlantic City Planning Board during the approval of many of the casino properties which exist today. It was that experience which motivated Nelson to write his book Boardwalk Empire which inspired the HBO series of the same name. The sequel The Northside: African Americans and the Creation of Atlantic City was published in 2010. His third book Battleground New Jersey: Vanderbilt, Hague and Their Fight for Justice was released by Rutgers University Press in November of 2014.

During the past 15 years, Nelson made 200(+) presentations on his books. He is currently completing his fourth book on the two worst years in the life of the legendary lawyer, Clarence Darrow, and believes it will warrant treatment on either the “big or little screen.”  Nelson’s writings are products of his insatiable curiosity and passion for the written word.

Nelson lives in Hammonton with his wife, Dr. Johanna Johnson, a retired educator. They are the proud parents of three grown children: the Honorable Sarah Beth Johnson, a New Jersey Superior Court Judge; Ethan Johnson, an FBI agent, and Emily Jokinen, a fashion buyer. They have three grandchildren, Asher, Ava and Sloane.      

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