Samuel G. Johnson


Attorney Profile

Samuel G. Johnson practices with the firm’s litigation group with a primary focus on civil litigation and insurance defense.

Before joining Norman, Hanson & DeTroy, Sam served as a law clerk to Justice Donald G. Alexander of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.  He graduated from the University of Maine School of Law where he served as the executive editor of the Maine Law Review and as a teaching assistant for two legal writing and civil procedure courses.  During law school, Sam interned at the United States Attorney’s Office in both the Appellate and Criminal divisions.  He also assisted low-income Mainers with a variety of legal issues as a student attorney at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic.

Prior to law school, Sam graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he studied economics.  He returned to Maine following graduation, at which time he managed a seasonal seafood restaurant and worked for a restoration company in Scarborough.

Sam lives in his hometown of Portland with his wife, Lydia, and their bulldog, Daisy.



Admitted to Practice

  • State of Maine
  • United States District Court, District of Maine

Member, Past and Present

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Maine State Bar Association, Member
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Viking Center Ice Club, Board of Directors

Selected Publications

  • Are You My Mother? A Critique of the Requirements for De Facto Parenthood in Maine Following the Law Court’s Decision in Pitts v. Moore, 67 Me. L. Rev. 353 (2015)

Awards, Merits & Honors

  • Laurie A. Gibson Award for Excellence, 2016
  • Pro Bono Publico Award, 2016
  • Faculty Significant Achievement Award, 2016