Samuel T. Johnson

My legal practice focuses on litigation in “Year 15” within the Low‐Income Housing Tax Credit program. These high‐stakes disputes are complex and require unwavering advocacy, tireless focus, and attention to detail. That is where I come in—my goal is to instill the peace of mind and sense of confidence that flows from knowing your interests are represented and protected with quality work product. I always strive to secure the best outcome for my clients through steadfast diligence, relentless work ethic, and a competitive spirit, which I believe is best paired with collegiality, professionalism, and active communication with clients. In the end, although people generally want to avoid conflict, if it arises you want someone you can trust and trust to do the job right.

Prior to BC Davenport, I spent three years as a law clerk to the Honorable Daniel C. Moreno in the District Court of Hennepin County, Minnesota, including during the first fifteen months of the pandemic. I spent eighteen months in a civil litigation setting, including assisting Judge Moreno in presiding over Minnesota’s largest ever defamation award to date. I then spent another eighteen months in a felony person criminal rotation, including during and in the aftermath of the George Floyd protests. My clerkship was an invaluable experience where I was privileged with the responsibility of managing an amazing variety of unique cases, from contract disputes to murder trials. I now draw on my time in chambers to think creatively about litigation.

I was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, attended Gustavus Adolphus College, and received my law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. During law school, I secured a Minnesota Justice Foundation Summer Fellowship as a certified student attorney working for indigent clients, volunteered with the Asylum Law Project, and taught Street Law to students at Johnson Senior High School in St. Paul. I was also an editor on the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law for two years, and spent a semester in Uppsala, Sweden studying European medical and environmental law. In my free time I enjoy gardening and the outdoors, music, and reading. Every year I try to explore the magic of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness or the other natural wonders of my beloved state.

Education and Bar Admissions

  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 2018
  • Editor, A.B.A. Journal of Labor & Employment Law
  • Street Law Instructor
  • Gustavus Adolphus College, B.A. in Political Science, 2013

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Minnesota, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, D. Minn., 2022

Honors and Publications

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Co-Author of “Year-15 Disputes in the Low-Income Tax Credit Program, Aggregators, and Their Playbooks“ in the ABA Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, Volume 31, Issue 1, 59-85 (June, 2022). Click Here for Publication
  • Co-Author of “Year-15 Disputes in the Low-Income Tax Credit Program” in the ABA Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, Volume 31, Issue 3, 323-32 (February, 2023). Click Here for Publication

Contact Details

Samuel T. Johnson
O: (612) 445-0019
F: (612) 445-8011

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