HUMPHREY H.N. JOHNSON
Area of Practice: Humphrey Johnson is the primary civil litigator in the firm. He has won jury trials and secured summary judgments for individuals and businesses in courts throughout Maine. Outside the courtroom, he has resolved numerous cases through diligent investigation, careful analysis and firm but polite resolve.
Humphrey focuses his practice on litigation and trials, from simple accident cases to catastrophic injury actions, construction defect cases, complex timber trespass claims and associated real estate disputes, actions involving civil engineering failures, product liability disputes, and fire loss claims. He also advises clients on risk management practices.
Approach to the Practice of Law: "The longer I practice law, the more I find myself relying on some basic lessons I learned in the military: stay calm, treat people with respect, pay attention to everything that is going on around you, and always keep focused on the mission. Ultimately, litigation is about solving problems for other people, whether that has to be by trial, by motion, or by agreement. If we abide by those basic rules, we stand a good chance of getting everything else right."
Background: After graduating cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law, Humphrey served as a Captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He advised commanders while leading an operational law team with the 25th Infantry Division, and prosecuted crimes in Hawaii and Utah as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. As a Special U.S. Assistant Attorney for the District of New Mexico he worked with the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representing the Department of the Army and the Department of Defense in complex water rights litigation.
Before becoming a United States citizen, Humphrey lived in the United Kingdom. He graduated amongst the top of his class from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, and as a Lieutenant in the British Army he commanded soldiers in what was then West Germany and on operational duty in Northern Ireland.
Outside Interests: A former British Army Unit Expedition Leader, Humphrey is a Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide and a certified American Canoe Association Sea Kayak Instructor. He is a member of the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors, and an Event Organizer and Board member with the Southern Maine Sea Kayaking Network. Humphrey also holds certifications in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. In winter, he skis the mountains of western Maine. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Fifth Maine Regiment Museum.
Family: Humphrey lives on Peaks Island with his wife, who is also a Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide. Their daughter is an instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School, and their son serves in the United States Coast Guard.
The Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1997.
Certified U.S. Army Trial and Defense Counsel; Commandant’s List.
University of Maine School of Law, Portland, Maine, 1997.
J.D., cum laude.
School of International Service, The American University, Washington, D.C., 1990.
B.A., summa cum laude.
The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, England, 1984.
Maine Bar, 1997
United Sates District Court, District of Maine, 2001
New Hampshire Bar, 2011
Senior Trial Counsel, The Hanover Insurance Group
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of New Mexico
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Utah
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Hawaii
Captain, Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Army
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Maine Bar Association
Maine Trial Lawyers Association
New Hampshire Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association