U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson was born and raised in Roanoke, VA. He earned his B.A. degree in 1981 at the Virginia Military Institute. He accepted a reserve commission in the U.S. Army Reserve and then attended law school at Washington & Lee University, where he earned his J.D. in 1985.
Judge Johnson started practicing law in Houston with the firm of Bracewell & Patterson. In 1986, he moved to Roswell and joined the firm of Hinkle, Cox, Eaton, Coffield & Hensley, where he practiced primarily in the areas of commercial, oil and gas and bankruptcy litigation. In 1995, Judge Johnson became a judge in the 5th Judicial District, where he presided over a general jurisdiction docket of criminal, civil, domestic relations and children’s court cases.
In August 2001, President George W. Bush nominated Judge Johnson to a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico and, four months later, the U.S. Senate confirmed his appointment.