Patrick Johnson

Being a lawyer means working with people! Fellow attorneys, judges, court clerks, clients, etc., are all crucial to a lawyer’s job. You have to be a “people person” to succeed. Successful lawyers are independent self-starters who know how to manage deadlines effectively. Mr. Johnson is all of these and more. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Middle Tennessee State University in 1975 and his Juris Doctorate Degree (law degree) from the Nashville School of Law in 1980. Following his graduation, he served as a law clerk to Judge Charles O'Brien on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals and then as a law clerk to Justice George Brown on the Tennessee Supreme Court. Thereafter he went into private law practice and has maintained that through the present. Mr. Johnson has been a principal in "Johnson, Scruggs & Barfield" since its inception in 1997.

While he has handled many criminal matters, his primary emphasis is in the field of DUI Defense. Mr. Johnson is a member of the National College for DUI Defense. “Driving under the influence” (DUI) is a criminal charge which can have lasting impact on your life. However, getting a DUI charge is not the end. Your dreams are not over and whatever your goals were before your arrest, you should continue to strive to achieve them. Mr. Johnson has found one common element that rings true for most of his clients: good people sometimes make bad decisions. When this happens, his clients find themselves in need of legal representation which he diligently provides by lending his assistance and guidance on a personal level. To achieve this, he provides his cell phone number to clients and encourages them to contact him with any questions. Representing you for a DUI charge can be complicated when dealing with the judge and District Attorney. While each county of Cheatham County, Davidson County, Dickson County, Montgomery County, Robertson County, Rutherford County, Sumner County, Trousdale County, Williamson County or Wilson County handles DUI differently, Mr. Johnson has handled DUI cases in each of these counties for many years and can work with the judge and District Attorney in each of these counties to achieve a positive result for you. While you will have questions, Mr. Johnson can provide the answers to you.

In his civil practice, Mr. Johnson has an emphasis on Probate Law. The death of a loved one is a devastating and emotional time for anyone. Just getting on with your day and dealing with the grief can feel overwhelming—and on top of that, there’s the job of figuring out what happens to assets and estate. Probate is the legal process that takes place after someone dies. It includes proving in court that a deceased person's will is valid, identifying and inventorying the deceased person's property and distributing the remaining property as the will (or state law, if there's no will) directs.

Nashville School of Law, Nashville, Tennessee, 1980
Juris Doctorate Degree

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 1975
Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration

Bar Admissions:
Tennessee, 1980
U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1981
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Nashville Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

American Bar Association

Tennessee Trial Lawyers

Past Employment Positions:
Judge Charles O'Brien, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, Law Clerk

Justice George Brown, Tennessee Supreme Court, Law Clerk

Family History
Mr. Johnson is a descendant of Andrew Johnson who was the 17th president of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. As the vice president, Andrew Johnson assumed the presidency at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Andrew Johnson returned to Tennessee after his presidency where he was elected to the Senate in 1875, making him the only former president to serve in the Senate.