Dixie L Johnson


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Dixie Johnson

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Dixie L. Johnson is a partner in the firm’s Special Matters and Government Investigations practice group and leads the firm’s securities enforcement and regulation practice, representing businesses and individuals in government securities investigations from her office in Washington, DC.  Consistently ranked among the most prominent securities enforcement lawyers in the United States, she represents public companies, financial institutions, public accounting firms, boards of directors and boards of trustees, corporate officers and other individuals in securities enforcement investigations.  She also counsels clients regarding their regulatory and disclosure obligations, assists clients in developing policies and procedures to deter violations, and conducts internal investigations.  Few of her representations ever become known to the public.

In addition to representing the businesses and business leaders who are her clients, Ms. Johnson is Chair of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, representing business lawyers from throughout the ABA in the leading issues of the day.  As Business Law Secretary and Vice-Chair, Ms. Johnson served as co-editor-in-chief of the Section's online monthly magazine, Business Law Today, in 2010-2011 and as editor-in-chief of the Section's renowned journal, The Business Lawyer, in 2010-2012.  Selected in 2006 as the recipient of that Section's "Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award," given annually to a woman who has cut through barriers to attain high accomplishments in Business Law, she had previously served as Chair of the Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities and as co-chair of that committee's Subcommittee on Civil Litigation and SEC Enforcement Matters.  Ms. Johnson also is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Before joining King & Spalding, Ms. Johnson was a partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, she taught in the Albuquerque, New Mexico public school system for six years.

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Current Ethical Challenges for Inside and Outside Counsel, 41st Annual Securities Regulation Institute (January 29, 2014)

  • SEC/DOJ Hot Topics, Sandpiper Partners, LLC  (Dec. 11, 2013)

  • Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2013, Practicing Law Institute (Nov. 19, 2013)

  • Director Liability, Leading Current Issues in Securities Regulation and Enforcement Seminar, Columbia Law School Center on Corporate Governance (November 15, 2013)

  • Ethics Issues, PLI’s 45th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Practicing Law Institute (Nov. 8, 2013)

  • Keynote Address, Working Group on Legal Opinions Fall 2013 Seminar, WGLO (October 28, 2013)

  • Eighth Annual National Institute on Securities Fraud, ABA (October 24, 2013)

  • Securities Enforcement Forum 2013 (Oct. 9, 2013)

  • Internal Investigations, Practicing Law Institute (June 2013)


  • ABA's Section of Business Law

  • American Law Institute

  • Executive Council of the Federal Bar Association, Securities Law Committee

  • Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society Board of Advisors

  • Former member of the Securities Board of Editors of the Lexis Nexis Publishing Company (2008-2010)

Awards & Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business consistently ranks Ms. Johnson as a leading individual in Securities Regulation: Enforcement (National), noting that she is praised by clients for "her ability to craft workable solutions to problems" and commended for "her strong judgment, creative approach and excellent rapport with clients, peers and regulators." 

  • Consistently recognized by Legal 500 in Financial Services: Litigation and is additionally recognized in White-Collar Criminal Defense

  • Named to Securities Docket’s “Enforcement 40” list of top SEC enforcement lawyers, 2013

  • Glass Cutter Award in 2006

  • Recognized by Benchmark: Litigation as a Washington, DC Litigation Star

  • Selected as one of "Washington's Top Lawyers" by Washingtonian magazine in 2011

  • Selected as one of the top ten "Leading Lawyers" in Securities and Corporate Governance by the Legal Times of Washington in 2003.
J.D., Order of the Coif, University of New Mexico School of Law
M.B.A., New Mexico Highlands University
B.A., magna cum laude, Oklahoma Baptist University