Laura Johnson, daughter of Jo Anne Ellis, of Cassville, and the late Joe Ellis, has been chosen as one of Springfield's Most Influential Women of 2011. The selection was made by an independent panel of judges, according to an announcement in Springfield Business Journal, which has presented the Most Influential Women honors since 2000. Johnson and other nominees will be honored at a luncheon on Oct. 21. Johnson is a 1981 graduate of Cassville High School. She currently practices law with Ellis, Ellis, Hammons and Johnson in Springfield. She specializes in employment and school law.