Ed Johnson has been involved with construction related industries for over 30 years, 22 of which were as a local government official. As a lawyer with education and experience in land use planning and development, engineering, law, conflict management, and peacemaking Ed brings a multi-disciplinary, public/private perspective to dispute resolution.
Ed received a B.S. in Engineering from Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey in 1970, and a Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Southern California in 1975. In 2004, as valedictorian, Ed received a Juris Doctorate from San Joaquin College of Law, in Fresno, California. He received a Graduate Certificate in Mediation from Fresno Pacific University in December 2005, and a Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Governance from California State University, Sacramento in August 2007.
CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
For 22 years, Ed worked for local government in the land planning and development field. Positions held included Administrative Hearing Officer, County Planning and Building Director, Chief Building Official, City Community Development Director, City Code Enforcement Officer, County Code Enforcement Officer, County Environmental Officer, District Air Pollution Control Officer, Local Transportation Commission Executive Director, Executive Director of the Local Agency Formation Commission.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Ed has received several hundred hours of training in diverse areas of conflict resolution. He received a one-year Graduate Certificate in Mediation from Fresno Pacific University, Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies. In addition, Ed has studied the specialized application of mediation principles to public policy and environmental disputes and received a one-year Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Governance from California State University at Sacramento in August 2007. Ed completed the CDRS Dispute Resolution Training Institute training program in the theory, practice, and rules of arbitration. His training has also included victim offender reconciliation mediation, family law mediation, and dispute resolution case management.
Ed is currently on the Panel of Mediators for the Superior Court of California, Counties of Fresno, Merced, San Joaquin, Kings, and Tuolumne. He has been a consultant to the Superior Court of California Civil Mediation and Settlement Program for the Counties of Fresno, Tuolumne, Inyo, Monterey, and Mariposa. He has also served as a small claims advisor for the Fresno Small Claims Court.
Ed is a dispute resolution panel member for the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, the California Department of Insurance, and the California Department of Justice.
Association for Conflict Resolution, Central California Chapter