Eric Johnson is the District Judge for Department XX for the Eighth Judicial District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada, handling both criminal and civil matters. Governor Brian Sandoval appointed him as a judge in May 2015, and voters elected him in 2016.
Since coming onto the bench, Judge Johnson was selected in mid-2017 as one of the first four judges for the Court’s Homicide Panel, responsible for the trials of all murder cases. He served on this special panel until mid-2018 when he returned to a half civil, half criminal docket. Subsequently, he was elected in 2020 as the Eighth Judicial District Court Civil/Criminal Judge Representative to the Judicial Council of the State of Nevada, an administrative arm of the courts responsible for developing policies for the improvement of the court system and making recommendations to be considered by the Nevada Supreme Court.
Prior to his appointment, Judge Johnson was a Special Attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, and an Assistant United States Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada, serving 10 years as Chief of the Office’s Organized Crime Strike Force and then two years as overall Chief of the Criminal Division for the state. In his supervisory positions, Eric Johnson championed initiatives which brought the U.S. Attorney’s Office together with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to more effectively prosecute and keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals and drug traffickers, to target and prosecute the leadership and most violent members of street and prison gangs, and to successfully indict child exploitation cases involving child pornography and the trafficking of children for prostitution. Eric Johnson held a “top secret” security clearance needed to work with the Joint Terrorism Task Force and law enforcement to keep Nevadans safe.
During his over 30 years with the U.S. Attorney’s office, Eric Johnson was twice honored as one of the nation’s top prosecutors and received commendations from the Tokyo (Japan) Public Prosecutor’s Office and Ministry of Public Safety, People’s Republic of China, for his work with multi-million dollar international money laundering prosecutions.
Before coming on the bench, Judge Johnson also was a regular instructor of trial advocacy and strategy at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center and frequent presenter on criminal law and litigation throughout the United States and with foreign law enforcement programs. He has taught Ethics and Professional Responsibility as an Adjunct Professor at the UNLV Boyd School of Law.
Judge Johnson earned his B.S. in Education degree from Emporia State University with a 4.0 GPA and his J.D. degree from the University of Kansas School of Law where he was a member of the law review and Order of the Coif. He graduated 2nd in his law school class.
Eric with daughters Tess (far left) and Emma
Eric and his wife have two daughters (Tess and Emma) and have been active members of our community for 35 years. Judge Johnson and his wife were honored in 2015 by Green Valley High School with their induction into the school’s Wall of Fame for exemplifying the school’s motto of “Commitment to Excellence.” They received this honor for their work over a 15-year period with the school’s women sports programs. He has also been a member for 25 years in Green Valley United Methodist Church in Henderson, Nevada, serving at different times as president and trustee of the church’s corporate body and as chairman of the church’s Staff Parish Relations Committee. He also regularly participates in graduation programs for Hope for Prisoners, a prisoner reentry program in Southern Nevada, and hosts mock trial presentations by elementary school children in the Project REAL Program, an education program for K to 12 children which teaching them about community engagement and the law.