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James L. Johnsen

James is a litigation associate at Crenshaw, Ware & Martin. Originally from Arizona, he received his B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University and his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

He focused his studies and extracurricular activities in law school on admiralty and maritime law and particularly on the federal government’s role and responsibilities in those areas. Following law school, James clerked for the Honorable Douglas E. Miller, a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.
The George Washington University School of Law, J.D. with honors, 2017
Georgetown University, B.S., 2010
Bar/Court Admissions
Supreme Court of Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
Community Involvement
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
Articles & Presentations
Representative Experience
  • Protecting the Maritime Rights of States Threatened by Rising Sea Levels: Preserve Legacy Exclusive Economic Zones, Berkeley Journal of International Law (Spring 2018)


  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Douglas E. Miller, Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (August 2017—August 2018)
  • Legal Intern, Office of Claims and Litigation, Office of the Judge Advocate General, United States Coast Guard (August 2015—December 2015)
  • Legal Intern, Aviation and Admiralty Litigation Section, United States Department of Justice (May 2015—August 2015)
  • Administration and Legal Officer, United States Marine Corps, 3d Intelligence Battalion, Okinawa, Japan (November 2011—May 2014)


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James L. Johnsen Joins CWM
Posted on December 26, 2018
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