Ms. Johnson is a senior associate in the firm’s Washington, DC office. She is a core member of the Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice and a member of the Investigations, Compliance and Defense and Congressional Investigations Practices. Ms. Johnson represents companies and institutions facing multifaceted government investigations, often during times of intense public scrutiny. Her clients benefit from her strategic advice and legal counsel on complex legal, policy, and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Ms. Johnson spent six years in the executive branch, including as personal aide to President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2011.
Ms. Johnson specializes in high-profile investigations, representing businesses, governmental entities, and their leaders across a broad spectrum of subject areas, including bribery and corruption, financial and trade sanctions, and regulatory issues. She has worked with a number of well-known leaders and executives facing high-stakes Congressional investigations to prepare them for hearings before the US Congress and has conducted many sensitive internal investigations associated with such matters. In addition to her work representing clients before the US Congress, Ms. Johnson has represented individual clients and entities before the US Department of Justice, multiple US Attorney’s Offices, and the New York Attorney General’s Office. She also has extensive experience managing complex cross-border investigations in Asia and navigating the array of due process and data protection laws and regulations applicable to such international work.
Ms. Johnson has deep expertise and experience at the intersection of law and politics. Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Ms. Johnson served for three years as Counselor to the Administrator in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). While at OMB, Ms. Johnson focused on regulatory issues related to climate, energy, labor, immigration, and transportation, with a specific focus on emerging technologies, including automated vehicles and commercial drones. She also previously served as the personal aide to President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2011.
Ms. Johnson has an active pro bono practice, with a focus on immigration, representing victims of human trafficking and those seeking asylum. At trial, she successfully represented a family of four who had been detained seeking asylum, and with the trial victory helped gain their same-day release and permanent residency status. Ms. Johnson also formerly served on the firm’s Associates Committee.
Ms. Johnson graduated cum laude from Wellesley College and received her law degree from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars.