Sad, Sad Week; Saying Goodbye to Craig Johnson

October 5th, 2009

Last week Craig Johnson, co-founder of my law firm, Virtual Law Partners, suffered a massive stroke.  He died Saturday evening surrounded by his family members.

VLP was formed when co-founders RoseAnn Rotandaro and Andrea Chavez approached Craig for advice on how to grow their small firm practices.  Craig immediately saw an opportunity to do something larger and more interesting.  VLP launched in May 2008 with a mission to provide personalized, efficient legal services to clients with minimal overhead.

A mere 14 months later one can not read legal news outlets without finding a slew of articles on client demands for higher efficiency, closer contact with partner-level attorneys and predictable legal expenses.  I mention this in order to point out that Craig was ahead of the curve throughout his career- from his start at the brand-new Wilson Sonsini in the 1970s, to Venture Law Group in the 1990s where he rode the Internet boom, to VLP Craig’s vision was prescient and many of us in the legal community and elsewhere have been well served by his guidance.

I had not met Craig before I joined VLP. He was impressively smart, confident and creative. He was a role model for me in my legal career; like me, he was also an avid cyclist and I will miss talking to him about his cycling trips as well as his career advice.

All of us at VLP consider ourselves part of Craig’s extended family and will miss him greatly.

(image courtesy ABA Journal)

(image courtesy ABA Journal)

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