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

Karin Hunter Johnson


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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
  • White Collar Defense and
  • Private Equity
  • Corporate Investigations
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Aviation
Mailing Address2099 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 100, Washington, District of Columbia, 20006-6801
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
AdmittedDistrict of Columbia; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia; California; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
LanguagesPortuguese; Spanish

Ms. Johnson is an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. She also works closely with the Business Trials Practice Group on commercial litigation matters.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Johnson's practice encompasses all aspects of traditional labor and employment law, including compliance counseling and litigation or arbitration of employment-related claims such as “just cause” discharge cases under collective bargaining agreements and breach of contract, wrongful termination, and discrimination claims, among others.

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 assists employers in developing proactive, pragmatic strategies to achieve their labor management goals. Ms. Johnson has significant experience representing companies in arbitration and litigation and routinely represents employers before various administrative agencies, including the National Mediation Board, the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In addition to labor and employment-related litigation, Ms. Johnson also has experience representing clients in federal criminal prosecutions and general civil litigation, including Intellectual Property-related cases and other commercial disputes.

Ms. Johnson counsels companies regarding compliance with various federal laws, regulations, and executive orders, including the Railway Labor Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, federal and state anti-discrimination statutes, and the various executive orders applicable to employers in the government contracts sector. She also assists clients in conducting internal investigations, both in the employment context and in connection with federal criminal investigations, including under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Ms. Johnson works closely with clients involved in mergers and acquisitions, particularly private equity firms and their portfolio companies, to evaluate the labor and employment liabilities associated with a specific transaction and develop pragmatic, business-oriented solutions to issues that arise during the course of a transaction. She also assists her clients in structuring sophisticated executive employment, separation, and retention bonus agreements, among others, in connection with mergers and acquisitions, as well as in her day-to-day employment counseling practice. Ms. Johnson also has significant experience analyzing the enforceability of non-competition restrictions and other restrictive covenants, and in structuring enforceable restrictive covenants to protect her clients' business interests.

Ms. Johnson regularly works with clients in the transportation and logistics industries-including airlines, trucking companies and warehousing-and with government contractors and private equity firms and has an in-depth understanding of the issues faced by employers in these industries.

Publications & News


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

FCC Law Blog Posts
• Increased Prospects for Broadband Deployment under Obama, December 18, 2008

Government Contracts Law Blog Posts
• OFCCP Implements Enforcement Moratorium with Respect to TRICARE Subcontractors, June 24, 2014
• Executive Orders and New Employment Requirements for Federal Contractors, April 18, 2014
• New Employee Notification Requirements For Federal Contractors And Subcontractors, July 12, 2010

Labor & Employment Law Blog Posts
• Get Ready! DC's Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Currently Expected To Take Effect On March 3, 2015, February 18, 2015
• Pennsylvania Appellate Court Finds Uniform Written Obligations Act Inapplicable to Covenants Not to Compete, June 4, 2014
• Equal Pay Issues Addressed by President Obama on “National Equal Pay Day, ” When He Signed An Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum Affecting Federal Contractors, April 10, 2014
US v. Quality Stores, Inc.: Supreme Courts Finds Severance Payments Taxable Wages Under FICA, April 9, 2014
• Davis-Bacon CityCenterDC Case, April 7, 2014
• 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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Get Ready! DC’s Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Currently Expected To Take Effect On March 3, 2015
Karin Hunter Johnson, February 25, 2015
The District of Columbia recently joined twelve other states that have enacted laws requiring employers to accommodate certain limitations associated with pregnancy. The Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the “Act” or “PPWFA”) of 2014 was passed on October 23, 2014...
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Karin Hunter Johnson

2099 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 100
WashingtonDC 20006-6801


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