Title: District Chief Legal Counsel (Retired)
Company: Florida Department of Health
Location: Milton, Florida, United States
Rodney Marcum Johnson, Retired District Chief Legal Counsel at the Florida Department of Health, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the legal industry.
Mr. Johnson commenced his career as a methods engineer for the Delco Moraine Division GMC in Dayton, OH, in 1965, holding the role for six years. Thereafter, he served as a systems analyst for D.W. Mikesell, Inc., from 1971 to 1974, followed by a position as a principal owner of Johnson Tool Company in Savannah, GA, from 1974 to 1975. Owning a private practice in Dayton for two subsequent years, he then began serving as district chief legal counsel for the Florida Department of Health from 1986 until his retirement in 2018. Alongside his primary endeavors, he has been an adjunct professor at the University of West Florida since 2004. Civically involved as well, he has been a pro bono legal organizer and advisor for the Santa Rosa Community Clinic, Inc., since 2000, pro bono legal organizer, advisor and director of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, Inc., since 1994, and commissioner of the Avalon Fire Rescue District since 1992.
To prepare for his career, Mr. Johnson pursued a formal education at Sinclair Community College, where he earned an Associate of Science in 1968. Thereafter, he attended Wright State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in business economics in 1975. He concluded his education in 1978, earning a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Cleveland State University. He is a board-certified specialist to the state and federal government and in health law. In addition, he has admitted to practice law in Florida and Ohio, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, the U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Among the highlights of his career, Mr. Johnson cites presenting a confidential case before the Court of Appeals on a rehearing request as a crowning achievement. Although his argument was initially supposed to only be 15 minutes long, his argument lasted for more than one hour with all 13 judges hearing the case. This case was the basis on which the members of the legislature modified and created the Bordering Juvenile Child Welfare System for the state of Florida.
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