Ronnie L. Johnson is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Dallas office and a member of the firm's Public Policy & Regulation Group. Mr. Johnson advises clients nationwide on insurance regulatory, government relations and procurement, and legislative matters.

Mr. Johnson's clients – based in the U.S. and abroad – include national and international insurance and reinsurance companies, underwriters and agencies, as well as international manufacturers of automobiles and heavy equipment.

In his insurance regulatory practice, Mr. Johnson represents insurance entities regarding licensing, market conduct, solvency and reinsurance matters. He also represents insurance producers in licensing and market conduct matters.

Ronnie Johnson is an informed, sophisticated practitioner and a key advisor for us... He is strong and well connected. He has a good sense of the regulatory dynamics.

Chambers USA 2024 Client Commentary

In his government procurement practice, Mr. Johnson negotiates contracts and agreements with governmental agencies on behalf of clients. He also counsels clients in responding to requests for proposals issued by governmental agencies, conducts bid protests and pursues appeals to the district court.

Mr. Johnson also represents clients' interests in legislative matters involving government agencies across the country.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Johnson was an attorney at a national law firm in its Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, offices. Previously, he served as Deputy Commissioner of Insurance, Office of Property and Casualty, for Louisiana. He also represented Louisiana's Commissioner of Insurance as chair of the Louisiana Insurance Rating Commission, in addition to serving as liaison to the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association (LIGA) and the Louisiana Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association.

Representative Experience

  • Represented clients in obtaining the requisite regulatory approvals to acquire control of an insurer
  • Represented insurers and insurance producers in regulatory investigations and proceedings
  • Represented clients in matters being considered by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and/or one of its working groups
  • Managed 50 state surveys for insurers, insurance producers, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and ancillary service providers
  • Developed insurance programs and obtained licenses for national and international manufacturers
  • Drafted reinsurance agreements
  • Represented insurers in assuming business from other insurers, including state-sponsored plans
  • Represented insurers with regard to rate and form filings
  • Drafted managing general agent agreements, service agreements, cost-sharing agreements and tax allocation agreements
  • Represented clients in mergers and acquisitions
  • Advised clients in forming and licensing new insurance companies

  • Lobbied legislatures in numerous states for insurers, insurance producers and other businesses
  • Represented businesses with regard to contract procurement, including litigation pursuing or defending a protest
  • Monitor regulatory, judicial and legislative activities for surplus lines insurers
  • Represented clients in matters of ethics and campaign contributions


  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D.
  • Baylor University, B.B.A., Economics, Finance and Management
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Louisiana
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Louisiana Lobbyists
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Federation of Regulatory Counsel (FORC), Board Vice Chair, 2023; Board President and Chair, 2024; Member, 2007-Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Insurance Council of Texas
Honors & Awards
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Louisiana Insurance, 2022-2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Insurance Law, 2016-2023
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


Speaking Engagements