Carson W. Johnson     |     Partner     |    

Carson Johnson joined Harman Claytor in 2005 after practicing with Hunton & Williams.  She concentrates her practice in the areas of insurance coverage, products liability, and commercial litigation.  Carson represents and advises both insurers and policyholders in a wide range of insurance coverages, including commercial general liability, business auto, garagekeepers, personal auto, property, business interruption, and umbrella.   She also represents local and national businesses in products liability actions, construction defect matters, and other commercial disputes.

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  • University of Virginia, B.A., with distinction, 2000
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2003
    • Dean’s Scholar
    • Virginia Law Review – Editorial Board
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Chair, Insurance Coverage Section (2014 – 2015)
    • Vice-Chair, Insurance Coverage Section (2013 – 2014)
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Henrico County Bar Association
  • Virginia Super Lawyers – Rising Stars – Insurance Coverage – 2010, 2013 – 2017
Bar & Court Admissions:
  • Virginia State Bar – 2003
  • United States District Court for the Eastern & Western Districts of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Reported Cases
  • Russell Lloyd Potter, et al. v. American Alternative Insurance Corporation, et al., No. 2:15-cv-266, 2016 WL 3766309 (E.D. Va. July 8, 2016)
  • Rollins v. Kjellstrom & Lee, Inc., 109 F. Supp. 3d 869 (E.D. Va. 2015)
  • Simpson v. Virginia Municipal Liability Pool, et al., 279 Va. 694, 692 S.E.2d 244 (2010)
  • Markel American Ins. Co. v. Staples, 2010 WL 370304 (E.D.Va., Jan. 28, 2010) No. 3:09cv435
  • French v. York Internat’l Corp., 72 Va. Cir. 538, 2007 WL 6006671 (Albemarle County 2007)
  • Utica Mut. Ins. Co. v. Atlantic Foundations, Inc., 2007 WL 2318031 (E.D.Va., Aug. 8, 2007) No. 2:06cv487
  • Utica Mut. Ins. Co. v. Atlantic Foundations, Inc., Slip Copy, 2007 WL 190682 (E.D.Va., Jan. 18, 2007)(No. Civ.A. 206CV487)
  • Merenstein v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co., Not Reported in F. Supp. 2d, 2006 WL 848119 (E.D.Va., Mar. 28, 2006)(No. Civ.A. 04-0139)

Representative Experience
  • Obtained judgment in favor of an insurer in a declaratory judgment action addressing whether there was coverage under a business auto endorsement to a CGL policy issued to a home care agency; the federal court held that there was no liability coverage for an agency employee who was in an automobile accident while delivering medication to a client because she was doing a personal favor for the client, and, was, therefore, outside the scope of her employment with the agency.
  • Obtained dismissal on behalf of insurance company in case seeking reformation of the insurance contract and alleging breach of contract against insurer where insured alleged a $1 million loss as a result of a fire.
  • Successfully represented condominium developer in obtaining contribution to settlement from insurer that had denied coverage to claim asserted by the HOA against the developer.
  • Obtained verdict for self-insurance pool in declaratory judgment action filed by purported insured and successfully defended verdict on appeal before the Supreme Court of Virginia.
  • Obtained verdict for self-insured trucking company against insurer in declaratory judgment action where insurer had improperly denied coverage based on policy exclusion.
  • Obtained dismissal of personal injury actions against pharmaceutical company in cases alleging contamination of syringes.
  • Successfully represented a commercial property owner against a fraud claim asserted by a tenant that sought $2.6 million in alleged damages.
  • Obtained verdict for insurer in action filed by insured after insurer rescinded policy as a result of the insured’s misrepresentation on the application.

The cases referenced above do not represent the lawyer’s entire record.  Each case must be evaluated on its own facts.  The outcome of a particular case cannot be based on past results.