Vanessa Johnson, MBA, JD, LLM-Health Law, LLM - Tax Law

Assistant Professor, Legal Studies,
College of Business

Contact number: 281-283-3161
Office: STEM 2224


In addition to being an assistant professor of legal studies at UHCL, Vanessa L. Johnson is a licensed attorney, real estate broker, insurance agent and multi-certified human resources professional in the state of Texas. Her extremely diverse employment history includes over 20 years of experience.

Ms. Johnson earned a Master of Laws in Health Law, a Master of Laws in Tax Law, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center. She is also a Master of Business Administration graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business, and she earned a Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. Her scholarship has been published in the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal, Corporate Counsel Review, the Notre Dame Journal of Legislation, and UC Davis Business Law Journal.

A native of the Houston metropolitan area, she is also a graduate of Leadership Houston’s Class XXIX and the United Way of Greater Houston’s Project Blueprint Class XXVII. She has served on the Boards of Builders of Hope CDC, Avenue CDC, Fifth Ward Enrichment Program, the Bridge Builder Charity Foundation, the Diversity Research Institute Journal, the Galveston County Health District, and Unlimited Visions Aftercare.

Areas of Expertise

  • Employment law
  • Health law


  • James E. Holloway, D. Tevis Noetling, Aaron Pennington, and Vanessa L. Johnson, Law and Business as a School of Thought: A Pedagogy to Teach the Theory and Practice of the School. UC Davis Business Law Journal, July 6, 2018. Available at:
  • Alix Valenti & Vanessa L. Johnson, The Impact of King v. Burwell on Judicial Review of Administrative Action: An Exception to Chevron, A Move from Textualism, or Something Else? 18 HOUS. BUS. & TAX L.J. 1 (2018).
  • Alix Valenti & Vanessa L. Johnson, The Real Impact of EEOC v. ABERCROMBIE & FITCH STORES, INC.: “Look Policies” - Effective Business Strategies or Legal Liabilities? Corporate Counsel Review (May 2017).
  • Vanessa L. Johnson, Marisa Finley & J. James Rohack, King v. Burwell: The Supreme Court's Missed Opportunity to Cure What Ails Chevron, 42 J. LEGIS. 101 (2016). Available at:
  • Vanessa L. Johnson, If There’s Mold in Your Workplace Making You Ill, Who Can You Call? Shockingly, Not OSHA! Health Law Perspectives, University of Houston Law Center Health Law & Policy Institute (October 9, 2015). Available at:

Courses (Current Academic Year)

  • Legal Environment of Business/Business Law
  • Introduction to the Texas Rules of Pre-Trial Civil Procedure
  • Property Transactions
  • Legal Concepts for Business Professionals
  • The U.S. Constitution & Bill of Rights
  • Introduction to Law & The American Legal System
  • Professional Development for Legal Studies Majors
  • Legal Dimensions of Healthcare Administration
  • Human Resource Management Processes
  • Human Resource Management