Frederick D. Johnson, Jr.

Public Defender Criminal Division
Title: Public Defender
Phone: 231-724-6585
Frederick D. Johnson, Jr. Speaking in Court

Kind ladies and gentlemen, when talking about myself, I always start with my top priorities because it gives the listener insight into what type of person I am.

Family Life
I am divorced. My ex-wife Christy, who remains my friend, had two children at the time of our marriage whom I was blessed to help raise. Christy has a twin sister who also had two children and if you know anything about twins, they’re always together and that means their children are always together. I consider all four of the kids to be mine, as well as the six grandchildren we now have.

I have been a member of the First Community AME Church in Grand Rapids my entire life, until now. Now, I will find a church home in Muskegon.

I graduated law school in 1984, passed the bar in 1985 and have been practicing law ever since. I have been a Navy JAG lawyer, a prosecutor, a member of the parole board, and most frequently, a defense counsel although my practice has included representation of juveniles and parties to neglect and abuse allegations.
In what I consider the pinnacle achievement of my professional career, in September of this year I was honored to be selected Muskegon County Public Defender. I now live in Muskegon and am honored to represent Muskegon County as its Chief Public Defender.


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