David D. Johnson

Mr. David D. Johnson

North American Equine Services, LLC
35644 North 11th Avenue
Phoenix , AZ 85086
Office: 623-582-8635


North American Equine Services (NAES) – David D. Johnson provides professional and accurate qualified horse appraisals compliant with IRS and USPAP guidelines, and litigation consulting for all breeds, disciplines, and related equine activities.

Within the realm of litigation consulting, NAES also serves as an expert witness at trial. Mr. Johnson is dedicated to every client and make sure all cases are handled with the highest level of confidentiality, experience, knowledge and ethics.

Mr. Johnson has been deposed more than 110 times and to provide expert testimony. A list of 600+ cases is available on the NAES website: http://northamericanequine.com/Rule-26-Case-Histories.html

Areas of Expertise

  • Animals
  • Horses
  • Livestock
  • Personal Property Valuation
  • Veterinary

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Mr. Johnson graduated from Aurora University in 1967, and briefly attended Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is a Non-Lawyer Associate Member of the State Bar of Arizona as a Constituent Non-Voting Member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Animal Law Sections. He also holds Associate Member status in both the American Bar Association (as a non-lawyer) and The American College of Equine Attorneys. He has been accepted as an expert witness by the US Justice Department and the IRS.
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Association for Horsemanship Safety, Inc. - Former Member, Board of Directors. (Mr. Johnson now has no relationship at all with the AAHS)

American Bar Association – Non-Lawyer Associate Mbr. (97946) in the following sections and is not licensed to practice law:
Member - Dispute Resolution Section
Member - Litigation Section
Member - Expert Witness Committee
Member - Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
Member - Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Sections
Member – General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section

American Bonanza (Aircraft) Society – Former Member

American College of Equine Attorneys – Associate (non-lawyer) Member
Member of the following committees:
Legal Education
Ethics & Civility
Publication & Newsletter

American Driving Society – Mbr # 12019500

American Endurance Ride Conference – Mbr # M42262

American Farm Bureau - Chairman of the Arizona Equine Committee and Arizona
State Representative to the National Commodities meeting in San Antonio, TX, February 18th and 19th, 20010.

American Horse Council – Current Member

American Paint Horse Association – Former Member; Judged 2001 World
Championship Paint Horse Show, July, 2001, Ft. Worth, TX

American Quarter Horse Association - Member # 2406548

American Saddlebred Horse Association – Senior Member # 113669

American Society of Equine Appraisers - Life Member awarded in 1991, #1050 & Senior Equine Appraiser - Status 8/16/01; (The first Senior Equine Appraiser in North America): Mr. Johnson is no longer involved with the ASEA in any way.

American Trakehner Association – Former Member

Arabian Horse Association, (AHA formerly IAHA)
Member - Judges/Stewards Education & Evaluation Commission, 1993-1995
Instructor to Licensed Judges
Judge - 1994 United States Youth Nationals Horse Show
Judge - 1996 United States Arabian Nationals Horse Show
Judge - 2000 United States Youth Nationals Horse Show
Judge – First Arabian Sporthorse show, San Louis Obispo, CA
Judge - 2007 Arabian Youth Nationals Horse Show – Albuquerque, NM
Judge – 2007 Flagstaff All Arabian Sporthorse Show – Flagstaff, AZ
Judge – 2010 14th Annual Pacific Coast Sport Horse Classic

Arabian Horse Association of Arizona - Former Member, Board of Directors - 7 years
Judge - 1993 Scottsdale All-Arabian Horse Show
Judge - 1996 Scottsdale All-Arabian Horse Show

Arabian Horse Registry - Member, (The Registry is now combined with Arabian Horse Association to form the AHA)

Arizona Dispute Resolution Association - Member

Arizona Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association - Former Member

Arizona Farm Bureau – Chairman State Livestock Committee – Equine Section

American Farm Bureau – Arizona Delegate to 2009 Planning Conference, Washington, DC

Arizona Farm Bureau State Equine Committee – Member and Chairman, 2010

Arizona Farm Bureau Federation – American Farm Bureau Equine Advisory Board

Arizona Horse Exhibitors Association - Past Member, Board of Directors

Arizona Hunter and Jumper Association - Past President

Arizona - Maricopa County Farm Bureau – Former State Delegate and Policy Committee Member, Past President of Scottsdale/North Mesa Chapter.

Arizona Professional Horseman's Association – Past Chairman - Ethics & Discipline and Rules Committees

Arizona State Horsemen's Association – Member

Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Association – Member

Canadian Equestrian Federation - Past member #4060125, Senior Judge Status in the Following Divisions: Arabian (Senior National status Hunter, Jumper, Equitation & Hunter)

Qualified Master Equine Inspector/Appraiser Programsm - NAES Program Director for prospective candidates, (Work in progress for NAES)

Clip Clop.Com - Former web site horse advisor on all-breed evaluations

Deer Valley Pilots Association – Current Member & Past Member, Board of Directors.

FEWA, (Forensic Expert Witness Association) – Chairman, Phoenix, AZ Chapter, Formation Committee – October, 2008 – November, 2009.

Horse & Rider Magazine – Interviewed for the September, 2007 Issue.

Intercollegiate Horse Shows Assn. - National's Championship Judge - May, 2002

Michael & Edna Josephson Institute on Ethics – Former Academic Member

Mooney Aircraft Pilots Assn. – Former Member

National Business Aircraft Association - Former Member

National Forensic Center - Member

National Hunter/Jumper Council of USA Equestrian, INC. - Past Member, Board of Governors.

NCAA, (National Collegiate Athletic Association) - National Equestrian Finals Judge – 2004 and 2006

National Show Hunter Hall of Fame – Lexington, KY, Member

The American Oldenburg Horse Breeders Society – Member

The Heritage Foundation – Member, # 44687788

Salem International University, Salem, WV - Former Adjunct Professor teaching Equine Marketing and Ethics – Equine Science Department, Salem University, WV

Santa Barbara County Riding Club - Recent Judge & Life Member

State Bar of Arizona – Section Affiliate (Non-Lawyer) - # 126961 and is considered a
Constituent Non-Voting Member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Animal Law Sections. Mr. Johnson is not licensed to practice law in Arizona.

Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association – Member # 37531

Town & Country Equestrian Association – Member – Board of Directors – 1968-1969 – Chicago, Illinois

United States Eventing Association – 2012 USEA Membership ID # 140427

United States Dressage Federation, (USDF) - Participating Member - # 123155

United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), (Formerly AHSA) – Mbr. # 058015
Former Member - Board of Directors - Term Expired 1999
Former Vice-President and Chairman - Zone 8 (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah)
Former Chairman of the Competition Standards/Safety Committee - 15 years
Former member – Exhibitors’ Committee
Large "R" Registered Judge in Following Divisions: Hunters, Jumpers,
Hunter Seat Equitation and Hunter Breeding, (recently resigned "R" Arab card), Attended USEF’s 2008 Hunter & Hunter Seat Equitation seminar, Phoenix, AZ; resigned Registered Jumper card after 39 years of judging.
Breeders Committee – Current Member
Judge – 2009 San Louis Obispo, CA – Sport Horse Show
Judge – 2009 Spanoway, WA – Sport Horse Show

United States Hunter Jumper Association – 2009 Member

United States Polo Association – 2010 Associate Member # 12328

United States Pony Club – Former Associate Member

United States Trotting Association – 2009 – 2012 Member # 847H14

Who's Who in America tm - Elected Life Member, 2002

Wildwood Equestrian Center, LTD. - Atlanta, Georgia – Former Member, Managing Board of Directors
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Mr. Johnson conducts numerous clinics throughout the US and Europe. His emphasis is on the performance horse and balanced seat equitation.

Mr. Johnson's speaking engagements include the University of Kentucky's Continuing Legal Education program in Equine Law, where he spoke on horse valuations and the finding and preparation of expert witnesses; the speeches were approved for CLE, (Continuing Legal Education), credit.

Mr. Johnson spoke as a non-lawyer for a California Bar Association’s approved CLE course in San Francisco, and to a State Bar of Arizona's prospective CLE course held by the Pro-Consul Company, Phoenix, AZ. In 2008, he was invited to join the American College of Equine Attorneys as a non-lawyer member.

Mr. Johnson lectured at the California State Polytechnic University's summer seminar speaking on issues involved in training the prospective jumping horse. The event was sponsored by the Arabian Horse Association of Southern California, Junior Exhibitors Section.

In addition, he was interviewed by radio station KLPW, Union MO, and by Rick Lamb for his program "Horse Show."

Mr. Johnson’s eNewsletter highlights ethics factors in the buying and selling of horses. His opinions have been used in several fraud and money laundering cases.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: As of 2017, our case load has been over 700 cases. Regarding trial appearance, over 30.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Horse and rider accidents, equine behavior, equine transportation, veterinarian malpractice and related medical issues, contracts, horse health maintenance, wrongful death, complex estate issues, breeding discrepancies, racing related contracts, toxic feed, responsibilities of professional horse trainers, horse event organizers responsibilities, over seas horse purchases, and cloning issues.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: Generally 50%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: Generally 50%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Approximately 100
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: Winter of 2016
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: I have been qualified for all of the 700 cases to date.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Approximately 30.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Since 1990.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- Review of testimony and exhibits from witness depositions.
- Review of cases from retaining counsel.
- Preparation of rebuttal questions.
- Accident site investigations.
- Candid explanation to counsel on case merits or lack thereof.
- Case files stored indefinitely in climate controlled conditions.
- Provide either verbal or written expert opinions.
- Farm operations and appraisals.
- Review of opposing valuations and appraisals.
- Qualified Equine Appraisals (multi-breed and performance disciplines).
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Please contact our office: 1-800-575-1669, or email your request to David@NorthAmericanEquine.com
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Please contact our office: 1-800-575-1669, or email your request to David@NorthAmericanEquine.com
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Please contact our office: 1-800-575-1669, or email your request to David@NorthAmericanEquine.com
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Please contact our office: 1-800-575-1669, or email your request to David@NorthAmericanEquine.com
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Please contact our office: 1-800-575-1669, or email your request to David@NorthAmericanEquine.com


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Please contact our office: 1-800-575-1669, or email your request to David@NorthAmericanEquine.com