Stephen L. Johnson is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of California. He received a B.S. from the University of San Francisco, with honors, and a J.D. from Hastings College of the Law, where he was a member of the law review. Prior to law school, he practiced as a Certified Public Accountant.
Judge Johnson worked in the creditors' rights and insolvency group at Morrison & Foerster before joining the U.S. Department of Justice in 1995. As a trial attorney in the U.S. Trustee's Office, he did extensive work in chapter 11 business reorganizations and was the lead lawyer assigned to the bankruptcy of Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He was also an Assistant United States Attorney in San Francisco. As an AUSA he represented the federal government's interest in a broad range of bankruptcy cases, bankruptcy-related forfeitures, enforced debts for criminal fines, restitution and civil judgments, and conducted jury trials.
Judge Johnson has been on the editorial board of the California Bankruptcy Journal, a member of the Insolvency Law Committee of the State Bar of California, and the Bench-Bar Liaison Committee for the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.