About Erik Johnson Law Offices
We empower our clients with the insight and strategic legal counsel necessary to give them a competitive edge.
Our firm is represented by experienced lawyers who take the time to understand the precise objectives of our clients.
We are recognized for providing a comprehensive line of business, government and municipal legal solutions. We are more than a legal team; we are your strategic partner.
Growing up in Tulsa with a father that was a lawyer, Erik knew early on the profession he wanted to pursue. Graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1997, Erik attended the OU College of Law, graduating in 2000.
While in law school, Erik tended bar at O’Connell’s Irish Pub next to the OU Campus, while also working as a legal intern in the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office in the Violent Crimes Division.
After graduation, Erik and his wife Sarah Jane relocated to Miami, Oklahoma, where he opened a small law practice. Soon after arriving in town, Erik embarked on his career in public service and representation of governmental entities by accepting a position as City Attorney in Miami.
After leaving the District Attorney’s Office, Erik worked for the Oklahoma County Public Defender’s Office- the proverbial “other side of the coin” and in this capacity developed a deep appreciation for the immense power that the government can hold over an individual, and the fight necessary to capably represent a client in dire straits.
After practicing in Miami for 12 years, Erik and his growing family felt the call to relocate to Ada, OK to be closer to family. Erik sold his practice in Miami and opened a law practice in Ada in March of 2012.
Erik is still married to his wife Sarah Jane, and they are the proud parents of 4 children- David, Mary Beth, Will and Anna Katherine.
Erik coaches his youngest son’s competitive baseball team, and in his limited spare time enjoys fishing on his family’s ranch in Centrahoma and volunteering in his community.
Erik Johnson - Work History
Working under the direction of a highly effective City Manager named Michael Spurgeon (currently the City Manager in Broken Arrow, OK),
Erik had the opportunity early in his legal career to be involved in all facets of public administration and the unique opportunities and pitfalls that faced a rural community in Oklahoma. Erik continued in this service for almost seven years, continuing to build his public sector practice while also representing many businesses and other entities.
Erik eventually represented many municipalities and other public agencies in the northeastern corner of the state, including his service as General Counsel for an NCOG (national Counsel of Government) called Grand Gateway, located in Vinita, OK.
In this capacity, Erik was the legal advisor for an organization that served a 7 county area in Northeastern Oklahoma, and assisted each municipality in this service area with Community Development Block Grant Funding applications and REAP grant work.
Erik also represented the Towns of Picher and Quapaw, as well as the City of Commerce. During these many years as an attorney for these entities, Erik was forced to deal with environmental issues and tragedy- from the flood in Miami in 2007 that destroyed over 100 homes and caused over 6 million dollars in damage, to the May 8th, 2008 F-4 tornado that struck Picher, destroying hundreds of homes and resulting in the deaths of 8 residents.
These events necessitated that Erik serve as legal advisor with many state and federal agencies involved in the initial responses and subsequent cleanup- FEMA, EPA, ODEQ, and the like.
This time was transformative for Erik, as he quickly realized the particular skill set necessary to address issues of this magnitude.
Shortly after arriving in Ada, Erik continued his public sector work by accepting a position as an Assistant District Attorney in Coal County.
In this capacity, Erik has a unique position as he is allowed to have a private practice while handling his duties in Coal County- including advising the Coal County Board of County Commissioners, working closely with all levels of law enforcement, and handling all major jury trials and other criminal charges in Coal County.
A skilled trial lawyer, Erik has represented clients all over the state, in both State and Federal Courts. Erik is a member in good standing of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Oklahoma Association of Justice.
Erik represents the Town of Commerce and Byng, as well as the Cities of Atoka, Hugo, and Konawa, while also representing several utility authorities, non-profit boards and other agencies.
Erik Johnson - Entrepreneur
Erik has a unique understanding of the vagaries of the business world, as he is a founding partner of a screen printing business in Ada Arts District called the District Shirt Shop, and also is a managing partner of a company that manufactures sports camping trailers, Okie Built Trailers. He is also a principal in a real estate and energy investment company, Constant LLC.
Erik Johnson - Awards and Community Involvement
Erik was a recipient of the 2009 “Rising Star” award from Super Lawyers Magazine, and was named one of the top “40 under 40” in 2012 by Oklahoma Magazine.
Erik currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Ada First United Methodist Church, is a member of the City of Ada’s Sports Complex Committee, and serves as a school board member for the Pontotoc County Technology Center.
He is a veteran of the Oklahoma Army National Guard, and a graduate of the Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
Joe was raised in Coalgate, Oklahoma and graduated from Ada High School.
After high school graduation, Joe enlisted in the United States Marines, where he served two combat tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and service in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he attained the rank of Sergeant.
After completion of his military service, Joe enrolled at East Central University, graduating in 2012 as the Governor George Nigh winner for being the distinguished graduate of his class.
He graduated from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Law in 2015 with academic honors for receiving the highest marks in both Federal Indian Water Law and Trial Techniques.
He competed on the National Native American Law Students Association moot court team and was a finalist in the Calvert Intra-School Moot Court Competition.
Joe Trail - Work History
While in law school, Joe worked at the State Capitol under the tutelage of State Senator Susan Paddack of Ada.
While working at the state capitol, Joe gained valuable experience with the legislative process, made important networking contacts, and learned the value of hard work and integrity in law and politics.
Joe is a member of both the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Chickasaw Nation Bar Association.
Joe Trail - Community Involvement
Joe currently serves as the chair of the Pontotoc County Democratic Party, while also teaching classes at East Central University.
He is an avid outdoorsman, and is active in our local Ducks Unlimited.