Tera D. Johnson


E-mail: tdj@kesslercollins.comDirect Dial: 214.379.0702Direct Fax: 214.379.4714PDF


Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., cum laude (2015)University of Michigan, MAT (2006)Michigan State University, B.A. (2002)

Tera Johnson is an experienced professional with a diverse background. She practices in a broad range of disciplines, including commercial litigation, bankruptcy, creditors' rights and employment law.  Tera graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of law where she served as a notes editor for law review. In law school, she was a judicial intern in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas. She is proficient in Spanish


  • Texas Bar, 2015
  • Northern District of Texas


Tera D. Johnson, Comment, "The Impact of Technology on Equal Protection as Applied in Voir Dire: Examining Inventions' Influence on Peremptory Strikes and the Standard of Review," 17 SMU Sci. & Tech. L. Rev. 165 (2014). 

Erika L. Gustafson, Esq., and Tera Johnson, "The ProMedica Decision:  Illustrating the Anti-Competitive Behavior Outlined in the Horizontal-merger Guidelines," 22 No. 3 Westlaw J. Health L. 6 (2014).  

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Associationo
  • Dallas HR
  • Dallas Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Facilitator, 2017 HR Panel " Employee Leave with Heart - Protecting Your Company and Your Employees"
  • Represented property owners, landlords, and property managers in actions against defaulting tenants in pre-litigation, litigation, and bankruptcy  
  • Represented large and small companies concerning contract claims including Asset Purchase Agreements; Services Agreements; Purchase Agreements for sale of real property
  • Conducted internal investigations for employers concerning claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
  • Represented employers in single-plaintiff, and class-action suit concerning wage disputes
  • Drafted and reviewed  employment agreements, including non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements, severance agreements, joint employer and independent contractor agreements
  • Drafted and reviewed employment policies and procedures including paid time off and leave policies, anti-discrimination policies and procedures
  • Advised on compliance with federal and state privacy laws concerning health records 
  • Defended business owners and property owners in personal injury suits