Admission to Practice
- State Bar of Texas
- United States Supreme Court
- Southern District of Texas
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Law
- Juvenile Law
- Civil Law
Accomplished Trial & Appellate Attorney
Ann was raised in Houston, Texas. The youngest of six siblings, she would come to her parents law firm, Johnson Law Firm PC, after school. She was raised with the many people working to seek-and those in need of-justice through our court system.
Her professional work after law school began as a briefing attorney for the Honorable Leslie Brock Yates, then a Justice on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals. Afterward, Ann served as a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office from 2002 until 2005 handling hundreds of misdemeanor, juvenile and felony cases to disposition and verdict.
In 2005, Ann was diagnosed with cancer and left the District Attorney’s Office to focus on her health and family. Ann later entered private practice where she represented citizens with civil, criminal and juvenile matters. Ann’s docket included the representation of many child victims of prostitution, and she was a founding member of the GIRLS Court, a special court dedicated to assisting children lawfully brought to the juvenile justice system who may also be victims of human trafficking.
Ann's civil practice includes personal injury and trial and appellate counsel in a Title IX case, which led to, a Federally affirmed, recovery on behalf of two children suffering "bullying" and assaults in school.
Ann also pursued an active appellate practice, litigating cases in the First and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. One of her most significant cases was In re B.W., in which the Texas Supreme Court reversed the Harris County District Attorney’s prosecution of a 13-year-old child for prostitution and created a framework for protecting child victims of exploitation and human trafficking.
Ann returned to work for Harris County District Attorney Mike Anderson as a human trafficking specialist focusing on protecting victims and prosecuting those who exploit them. Ann continued this work under his successor District Attorney Devon Anderson. Ann's worked on hundreds of case matters and investigations of issues from Class B Misdemeanors to serious First Degree Felonies.
During those years of supervision and development, the specialty grew into a Section with five prosecutors, an investigator and paralegal. Ann received a Smart Prosecution Grant from the Department of Justice / Bureau of Justice Assistance in order to create SAFE Court. Ann's dedication and hard work with law enforcement and public and private partners resulting in a paradigm shift in significantly increased victim identification and increased prosecution of exploiters; pimps and johns.
District Attorney Kim Ogg assigned Ann to be a floating felony court trial chief. While honored to be recognized for trial skills, Ann’s passion for working directly with victims of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation was strong enough to return her to private practice.
Ann has great gratitude for these elected officials for allowing her the honor to serve the citizens of Harris County and the State of Texas in public service.
Ann's work in public and private service has allowed her the opportunity to handle numerous contested matters with some forty jury trials.
Lectures, Presentations and Faculty Seminars
- Technology Related Crimes Against Children Conference, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Panelist, Houston Children's Assessment Center, December 2016
- Human Trafficking Awareness and How to Better Identify Sexual Exploitation Victims, Reintegration Court Training, Houston, October 2016
- Evidence-Based Strategies For Prosecutors: Prostitution Diversion Program (SAFE Court) Harris County District Attorney's Office Houston, Texas. Bureau of Justice Assistance, Smart Suite Summit, Arlington, Virginia, September 2016
- Traffickers/Victims and the Courtroom - What Can Judges/Attorneys Do?, Panelist, South Carolina Human Trafficking Summit, August 2016
- How Texas Treats Victims of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation, Texas Judicial Conference, Houston, May 2016
- Coalition Build in Houston, Panelist, Truckers Against Trafficking, March 2016
- How to Prosecute Human Traffickers and Ethical Considerations, 6th Annual Houston Human Trafficking Conference, January 2016
- Innovative Strategies to Address Human Trafficking by Courts and Communities: Trial Courts, Task Forces and Law Enforcement, Moderator, National Summit on Human Trafficking and the State Courts, New York, October 2015
- Texas Law and Investigative Tools, Human Trafficking Training, Houston Police Department, September 2015
- Human Trafficking and Prosecution Overview, Human Trafficking Training for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors, Harris County District Attorney's Office, June 2015
- Human Trafficking, State and Federal Presentation, 120th County and District Clerks Association of Texas Conference, Houston, June 2015
- Human Trafficking and How Texas Treats Victims of Sexual Exploitation, Texas Child Welfare Judges Conference, Texas Center for the Judiciary, Austin, June 2015
- Free The Captives, 5th Annual Houston Human Trafficking Conference , Speaker, February 2015
- How the Court Assist Victims, Understanding The Invisible Chains of Human Trafficking, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, October 2014
- Human Trafficking Law Symposium, Speaker, Free The Captives Houston, October 2013
- Human Trafficking, Panelist, Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference, Washington DC, September 2013
- State and Local Judiciary and Legislative Effects on the Scope of Human Trafficking, Domestic Juvenile Human Trafficking Round Table Discussion, Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance, Southern District of Texas, March 2013
- How Texas Treats Victims of Sexual Exploitation: The Texas Family and Penal Code, American Bar Association, February 2013
- Trial Lawyers College, Faculty, The Ranch, Wyoming, 2012
- Direct and Cross Exam, Faculty, Trial Lawyers College by Gerry Spence, Regional Seminar, Texas, April 2012
- In re B.W.; Juveniles and Human Trafficking; Ethical Considerations at 2nd Annual Juvenile Law Conference, Houston Bar Association, September 2011.
- How Texas Treats Victims of Sexual Exploitation: The Texas Family and Penal Code, 24th Annual Juvenile Law Conference, February 2011
- Trial Lawyers College, Faculty, The Ranch, Wyoming, 2011
- How Texas Treats Victims of Sexual Exploitation: The Texas Family and Penal Code before The Texas Center for the Judiciary, June 2011
- Voir Dire, Faculty, Trial Lawyers College by Gerry Spence, Regional Seminar, Texas, May 2011
- Interpersonal Dynamics for Trial Lawyer; Learning to Communicate with Jurors, Clients, the Judge and Others, faculty, Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, San Antonio, January 2011
- Sen. Leticia Van De Putte - San Antonio Human Trafficking Summit, Panelist, October 2010
- The Legal Conflicts Inherent in Serving Human Trafficking Victims at Vinson & Elkins LLP, Children at Risk, October 2010