Johann Roux is the founder and director of JR Attorneys, a firm specializing in medical law matters. He was conferred the LLB-degree by the University of Stellenbosch in 2005 and has been practising and lecturing in the field of medical law since 2007.
Following his graduation Johann was employed as a research assistant at the Stellenbosch University Law Faculty. His duties included lecturing classes to first and second year law students and to assist Dr Bhadra Ranchod with research on the topic of HIV and the Law. During this time Johann was elected to serve on the Stellenbosch University Central Disciplinary Panel, which is responsible for conducting disciplinary hearings against students enrolled at all Faculties of Stellenbosch University.
Johann had an early interest in medical law and commenced his articles of clerkship at a Cape Town law firm specializing in personal injury matters. Having successfully completed his articles of clerkship he was admitted as an attorney with right of appearance in the High Court during December 2007.
In keeping with his interest in medical law Johann gained employment at a very well-known national law firm specializing in medical law matters on behalf of medical professionals and worked at the law firm’s Cape Town and Durban offices. During his 7-year tenure at this law firm Johann worked exclusively in the medical law department and was eventually promoted to the position of senior associate. He gained extensive experience in various medical law matters where he acted for medical professionals in civil claims for damages in various courts, disciplinary hearings, inquests and HPCSA complaint matters.
Johann became involved in medical negligence claims on behalf of patients in 2015 and was employed as the Head of the Medical Law Department at two very prominent personal injury law firms before opening his own law firm.
In 2018 Johann was elected as one of only 25 attorneys in South Africa to participate in a course hosted in East London by the Law Society of South Africa. The course, entitled ‘Judicial Skills Training for Legal Practitioners’ was aimed at training attorneys the relevant skills of judicial adjudication with the view of potentially becoming acting judges of the High Court in due course. The course was presented by various Judge-Presidents, Deputy-Judge Presidents and other Judges of the Supreme Court of Appeal and High Courts.
Johann also enjoys lecturing on the topic of medical law. Since 2008 he has been presenting a medical law and ethics course to medical professionals throughout South Africa and Namibia and has also presented lectures on medical law to 5th year medical students at Stellenbosch University. He has published articles on the issue of medical law and has been a speaker at medical and dental congresses throughout South Africa.
Johann is currently enrolled for a Master’s Degree in Law at the University of Cape Town and the focus of his thesis is the role of expert witnesses in court. As part of his research into this topic Johann was a visiting researcher at Harvard University in the USA during the fall 2023 semester.
Outside of law Johann has a very keen interest in aviation and is currently pursuing a private pilot’s licence.