Bill Johnson studied at the University of Saskatchewan, graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws. In 1975 he obtained a Master of Laws degree at Oxford University, studying there on a Rhodes Scholarship. He taught law for two years at the University of Saskatchewan and the following year clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada. He returned to Regina in 1978, and since then has practised law with the firm now known as GerrandRath Johnson. Mr. Johnson appears regularly before the superior courts in Saskatchewan and on occasion in the Federal Court of Canada. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel by the Government of Saskatchewan in 1997.
Bill Johnson has served on the Boards of several community institutions, including the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Regina United Way, and the South Saskatchewan District of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and currently serves on the Leader Post Foundation Inc. and the Government House Foundation. He is a member of the Canadian Journalism Foundation and of Ad IDEM (Advocates in Defence of Freedom of Expression). He served as a member of the Board of Governors of Royal Military College from 1998 until 2006. Mr. Johnson is active in the Canadian Bar Association, having served as the CBA National President.