Title: State Judge (Retired)
Company: 18th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
Location: Merritt Island, Florida, United States
The Honorable Clarence Traylor Johnson Jr., State Judge at the 18th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law and adjudication.
Developing an interest in the legal profession from an early age, Mr. Johnson grew up in a small town with no legal representation. Upon reading about Florida legislators in the newspaper, he wrote 96 letters to the legislators in the hopes of being elected to serve alongside them. Becoming inspired by the work of the lawyers around him, he sought to achieve the same level of status. As such, he spent the entirely of his career in the legal field, first serving as partner with Cone, Wagner, Nugent, Johnson, McKeown & Dell from 1958 to 1971. He subsequently spent the remainder of his career as a court judge and senior judge for the 18th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida from 1971 until his retirement in 2001.
In preparation for his illustrious career, Mr. Johnson studied at the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1955 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1958. Alongside his professional endeavors, he was a member of the Florida Bench Bar Commission from 1990 to 1992 and chair of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges from 1990 to 1991. In addition, he served as a member of the Judicial Council of Florida and faculty member of Florida Judicial College from 1988 to 1991. Mr. Johnson is a member of the American Bar Association.
An active member of his community, Mr. Johnson participated in a number of civic engagements throughout his career. The charter president of the Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court from 1992 to 1993, he was also president of the YMCA of Central Florida from 1968 to 1971. Earlier in his career, he served as president of Eastern Florida State College from 1963 to 1964, and as president of the Rotary Club of Cocoa Beach from 1965 to 1966.
In recognition of his exceptional achievements, Mr. Johnson was honored with the Judicial Achievement Award by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers in 1987. In addition, he was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by Cocoa Jaycees in 1965. He considers the highlights of his career serving on the board of governors of the Florida Bar from 1970 to 1971 and as president of the Brevard County Bar Association from 1969 to 1970.
Married to Shirley Ann Traxler since 1957, Mr. Johnson has four children: James Waring, Robert Dale, Douglas Earl, and Jan Elizabeth. He has been featured in several Who’s Who publications, including Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World.
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