penny-johnson.jpg Penny D. Johnson 
Compensation Judge

Contact Information
(651) 361-7862
penny.johnson@state.mn.us

Judge Johnson was hired as a Compensation Judge in 1994.

Over the course of nearly thirty years, Judge Johnson has served in the workers’ compensation legal field as a Compensation Judge, Chief Settlement Judge, Assistant General Counsel, and Staff Attorney. In addition to hearing and deciding contested workers’ compensation cases, she has managed the promulgation of many sets of workers’ compensation rules, and proposed and drafted workers’ compensation and employment law legislation.

EDUCATION 

  • Juris Doctorate, University of Minnesota Law School, 1982 
  • Bachelor of General Studies, University of Minnesota, 1978

EMPLOYMENT 

  • Office of Administrative Hearings 1998 to the present 
  • Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, 1983-1998 
  • Hennepin County Courts, 1982-1983

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Minnesota State Bar Association 
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Volunteer, Neighborhood Involvement Program Health Clinic 
  • Volunteer, Chrysalis Women’s Center

LECTURING AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Numerous workers’ compensation legal education seminars, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education and Minnesota State Bar Association. 
  • Department of Labor and Industry seminars for employers, employees, insurers, rehabilitation and medical providers.