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Chad Johnson


Chad is a small-town guy with a big worldview. He grew up in a tiny Idaho town, which motivated him to get out and see the world. He first traveled abroad to Argentina as an exchange student and has since lived in and visited various countries around the world. After years of teaching English in Japan and exploring New Zealand, Chad found himself longing for home.

In 2010, Chad moved back to Idaho with his travel mate and soon-to-be wife, Michiko, in tow. Motivated to find a meaningful career, Chad set out to work his way through law school. From medical malpractice to immigration, Chad learned about different areas of the law by working in them. Once out of law school, Chad jumped into a trial attorney position in criminal defense. He spent approximately three years representing ordinary people against the overwhelming power of the government. Now, at SBHT, Chad continues to represent individuals against powerful entities, both public and private.

Chad and his family love Idaho’s natural beauty. They spend many a weekend soaking in natural hot springs, skiing into yurts, camping, biking, boating, and just being outside. If you need to break the ice with Chad, just ask him about his van. He will probably tell you that he has been into van life since before it became cool – which is true. Chad speaks conversational Spanish and basic Japanese.

Education & Experience

University of Idaho College of Law, Boise, ID
Juris Doctor, May 2016

Washington State University, Pullman, WA
B.A. in Business Administration, cum laude, May 2007

Ratliff Law Offices, Chtd., Mountain Home, ID
Associate Attorney, 2016 - 2019

Use Restrictions and Terms of Service: A Call to Reform the Overly Broad CFAA, 20 Holy Cross J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 3 (2016)

Pandemic Litigation Trends in Idaho – Perspectives from Employment Lawyers and the Idaho Human Rights Commission – 2022 Idaho Employment Law Conference hosted by Idaho State Council of SHRM, (January 2022)

The Nuts & Bolts of IHRC Charge – Idaho State Bar Employment Law Section CLE: (May 2022)

Idaho Termination Law Handbook Update – 2022 Employment Law Seminar hosted by Idaho State Bar Employment Section (October 2022)

Idaho State Bar

Utah State Bar

Idaho Trial Lawyers Association

National Employment Lawyers Association

ISB Employment Law Section – At- Large Council Member 2021-22, Treasurer/Secretary – 2022-23

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