Karin Hunter Johnson: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Karin Hunter Johnson


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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations
  • Labor and Employment
University University of Colorado, B.A., magna cum laude, 2002
Law SchoolGeorgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2007 Legal Research and Writing Fellow, Georgetown Journal of International
Admitted2007, California and District of Columbia
LanguagesPortuguese; Spanish

Ms. Johnson is an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Johnson's practice encompasses a wide range of labor and employment matters and includes compliance counseling, as well as arbitration and litigation. She routinely counsels companies regarding compliance with various federal laws, including the National Labor Relations Act, the Railway Labor Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Equal Employment Opportunity Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Ms. Johnson represents employers in all aspects of union organizing campaigns and elections, both under the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act, and routinely assists employers with labor strategy. She has significant experience representing companies in arbitration, as well as litigation, and routinely represents employers before various administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor, National Mediation Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She also works with clients to conduct internal investigations in the employment context and in connection with federal criminal investigations, particularly under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Additionally, Ms. Johnson regularly advises clients regarding the labor and employment aspects of various corporate transactions and assists them in developing and negotiating executive employment agreements in the deal context.


· Co-author, "Dealing with the Working Whistle-Blower Under SOX", published by the Society of Human Resource Management, March 10, 2009

FCC Law Blog Articles

· "Increased Prospects for Broadband Deployment under Obama", December 18, 2008

Government Contracts Law Blog Articles

· "New Employee Notification Requirements For Federal Contractors And Subcontractors", July 12, 2010

Labor & Employment Law Blog Articles

· "IRS, DOL and EBSA Issue Post-DOMA Guidance Regarding Treatment of Same-Sex Spouses," September 19, 2013

· "Considerations for US Employers Post-DOMA," July 29, 2013


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Pennsylvania Appellate Court Finds Uniform Written Obligations Act Inapplicable to Covenants Not to Compete
Karin Hunter Johnson, June 11, 2014
In a case of first impression, the Pennsylvania Superior Court (one of Pennsylvania’s two state appellate courts) recently issued a ruling in Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc. (“Socko”), 1223 MDA 2013 (May 13, 2014), clarifying that compliance with Pennsylvania’s...

Equal Pay Issues Addressed by President Obama on “National Equal Pay Day,” When He Signed An Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum Affecting Federal Contractors
Karin Hunter Johnson,Ryan J. Munitz, April 15, 2014
On April 8, 2014, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum that will require federal contractors and subcontractors to provide to the U.S. Department of Labor compensation data based on their employees’ sex and race. The President also signed that day an Executive Order preventing...

US v. Quality Stores, Inc.: Supreme Courts Finds Severance Payments Taxable Wages Under FICA
Karin Hunter Johnson, April 11, 2014
In an 8-0 decision issued March 25, 2014 in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., the Supreme Court held that severance payments made to employees who are involuntarily terminated are taxable wages for the purposes of withholding Federal Insurance Contributions Act (“FICA”) taxes,...

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Karin Hunter Johnson

Eleventh Floor East, 1300 I Street, NW
WashingtonDC 20005-3314


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