District Court Department 20

Hooker v. Johnson

Judge Eric Johnson was appointed to the bench in 2015 by Gov. Brian Sandoval. He was elected to the seat in 2016.  

Before taking the bench, Johnson was a Special Attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, and an Assistant United States Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada.  He served as Chief of the Office’s Organized Crime Strike Force for a decade and then two years as overall Chief of the Criminal Division for the state, according to his website

He has a 16.11 percent error rate on 271 appeals, according to Our Nevada Judges.  As of October 15, Johnson had raised about $125,925 and had about $44,505 remaining.  

Johnson is being challenged by Dawn Alyssa Hooker, who practices personal injury and products liability law, according to her biography on the website of Christensen Law Offices, where she’s worked since 2001. She’s raised $150 and has no money on hand.

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, a grandson, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.