Scott W. Johnson

Scott W. Johnson

Co-Founder and Contributor, Power Line Blog

Scott W. Johnson is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota Law School.  He clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit before going to work as a litigator at Faegre & Benson, where he practiced for 16 years and became its first head of appellate practice.  He then went to work as regional counsel and senior vice president for TCF Financial Corporation.  He currenly serves as legal counsel for a health insurer in Minneapolis.  Among his professional publications are "Abraham Lincoln: A Genius for Friendship" (Bench & Bar of Minnesota, September 2000), "Guidelines for Cross-Examination: Lessons from the Cross-Examination of Hermann Goehring" (Bench & Bar of Minnesota, October 2002).  He is a founder of, and contributor to, the blog Power Line, which was named Time's first and only blog of the year in December 2004 for its role in exposing the Rathergate story.

  • Dartmouth College
  • University of Minnesota Law School


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