Judge William P. Johnson

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.