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Dixie Johnson represents businesses and individuals in securities enforcement investigations and conducts internal investigations for corporate board committees and companies. As a partner in our Special Matters and Investigations group, Dixie co-leads our Securities Enforcement and Regulation practice. She appears regularly before the SEC, DOJ, FINRA, PCAOB and other federal and state authorities. Since she joined King & Spalding in early 2014, the government has closed almost two dozen investigations without charging Dixie's clients.

Dixie brings to her clients solid judgment and strategic insight from over 30 years of experience in representing public companies, financial institutions, investment managers, broker-dealers, public accounting firms, boards of directors and boards of trustees, law firms, corporate officers and others. She is widely recognized as a legal industry leader in securities enforcement, regulatory compliance, corporate governance and crisis management.

Board committees call on Dixie to investigate accounting and disclosure-related whistle-blower allegations and look to her for guidance in times of crisis. She is a Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel and a member of the Lead Director Network, regularly interacting with lead directors, presiding directors, and non-executive board chairs from many of the largest companies in the world.

Public companies and regulated entities seek Dixie's representation in complex securities-related government investigations. C-Suite officers and other professionals look to Dixie for representation in internal and SEC or other investigations when their careers are on the line. She is a lawyer's lawyer, representing law firms and lawyers under scrutiny. She analyzes lessons learned and especially enjoys counseling clients on how to avoid problems in the future.

Chambers USA, Legal 500, Benchmark, Who’s Who and others all consistently rank Dixie as a leading lawyer, and Chambers included our practice on the 2017 short list of firms for Securities and Financial Services Regulation. In 2017, Chambers wrote that Dixie “wins praise across the board for her ‘terrific relationship with the SEC’” and noted her “expert, broad-based enforcement practice.” Dixie also has served in multiple leadership roles within the American Bar Association, including as Business Law Section Chair and as Chair of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee. Before becoming a lawyer, Dixie served for six years as a public school teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Credentials

B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University, magna cum laude

J.D., University of New Mexico, Order of the Coif

M.B.A., New Mexico Highlands University

Fellow, American College of Governance Counsel

Member, American Law Institute

Chair, 2,700-member Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, 2003-2006

Fellows Committee, 2016-2017

American Bar Association (Chair, 50,000-member Business Law Section, 2013-2014)

previously co-chaired Subcommittee on Civil Litigation and SEC Enforcement Matters)

Praised by clients for "her ability to craft workable solutions to problems"


Chambers USA, National Securities Regulation: Enforcement, 2007–2017

Commended for "her strong judgment, creative approach and excellent rapport with clients, peers and regulators"


Chambers USA, National Securities Regulation: Enforcement, 2007–2017

Consistently recognized in multiple categories including Financial Services: Litigation and in White-Collar Criminal Defense


Legal 500

Named Lawyer of the Year for Washington D.C. Corporate Compliance


Best Lawyers in America, 2014–2016

Consistently highlighted in the practice areas of Administrative/Regulatory Law, Corporate Compliance, Law, Litigation


Securities, Securities Regulation (2014-2017)

Named to Enforcement 40 list of top SEC enforcement lawyers


Securities Docket, 2013

Recognized as a Washington D.C. Litigation Star and one of the top 250 women in Litigation


Benchmark: Litigation

Selected as one of Washington's Top Lawyers


Washingtonian magazine, 2011

Awarded the "Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award"


ABA's Business Law Section, 2006

Matters

Representing a bank in multiple DOJ, SEC and state investigations concerning residential mortgage backed securities, including matters involving the Presidential RMBS Task Force.

Conducted an internal investigation for a public company audit committee concerning whistle-blower allegations involving revenue recognition, disclosure, internal controls and retaliation.

Representing a law firm in connection with an SEC investigation concerning the firm's former private equity client.

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Representing a bank in multiple DOJ, SEC and state investigations concerning residential mortgage backed securities, including matters involving the Presidential RMBS Task Force.

Conducted an internal investigation for a public company audit committee concerning whistle-blower allegations involving revenue recognition, disclosure, internal controls and retaliation.

Representing a law firm in connection with an SEC investigation concerning the firm's former private equity client.

Conducted an internal investigation for a public company special committee concerning product disclosures.

Represented a former public company CFO in connection with SEC and DOJ investigations involving financial statements that the CFO certified and a concurrent FCPA issue.

Represented a pension fund in connection with an SEC investigation involving the fund's investment activities, after which the SEC closed the investigation without bringing charges.

Represented a public company in an SEC investigation concerning its investor relations activities.

Represented a former public company CEO in an insider trading investigation focused on trading by others.

Represented an audit firm in a PCAOB inquiry concerning auditor independence.

Matters

Representing a bank in multiple DOJ, SEC and state investigations concerning residential mortgage backed securities, including matters involving the Presidential RMBS Task Force.

Conducted an internal investigation for a public company audit committee concerning whistle-blower allegations involving revenue recognition, disclosure, internal controls and retaliation.

Representing a law firm in connection with an SEC investigation concerning the firm's former private equity client.

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Matters

Representing a bank in multiple DOJ, SEC and state investigations concerning residential mortgage backed securities, including matters involving the Presidential RMBS Task Force.

Conducted an internal investigation for a public company audit committee concerning whistle-blower allegations involving revenue recognition, disclosure, internal controls and retaliation.

Representing a law firm in connection with an SEC investigation concerning the firm's former private equity client.

Conducted an internal investigation for a public company special committee concerning product disclosures.

Represented a former public company CFO in connection with SEC and DOJ investigations involving financial statements that the CFO certified and a concurrent FCPA issue.

Represented a pension fund in connection with an SEC investigation involving the fund's investment activities, after which the SEC closed the investigation without bringing charges.

Represented a public company in an SEC investigation concerning its investor relations activities.

Represented a former public company CEO in an insider trading investigation focused on trading by others.

Represented an audit firm in a PCAOB inquiry concerning auditor independence.

Credentials

B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University, magna cum laude

J.D., University of New Mexico, Order of the Coif

M.B.A., New Mexico Highlands University

Fellow, American College of Governance Counsel

Member, American Law Institute

Chair, 2,700-member Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, 2003-2006

Fellows Committee, 2016-2017

American Bar Association (Chair, 50,000-member Business Law Section, 2013-2014)

previously co-chaired Subcommittee on Civil Litigation and SEC Enforcement Matters)

Praised by clients for "her ability to craft workable solutions to problems"


Chambers USA, National Securities Regulation: Enforcement, 2007–2017

Commended for "her strong judgment, creative approach and excellent rapport with clients, peers and regulators"


Chambers USA, National Securities Regulation: Enforcement, 2007–2017

Consistently recognized in multiple categories including Financial Services: Litigation and in White-Collar Criminal Defense


Legal 500

Named Lawyer of the Year for Washington D.C. Corporate Compliance


Best Lawyers in America, 2014–2016

Consistently highlighted in the practice areas of Administrative/Regulatory Law, Corporate Compliance, Law, Litigation


Securities, Securities Regulation (2014-2017)

Named to Enforcement 40 list of top SEC enforcement lawyers


Securities Docket, 2013

Recognized as a Washington D.C. Litigation Star and one of the top 250 women in Litigation


Benchmark: Litigation

Selected as one of Washington's Top Lawyers


Washingtonian magazine, 2011

Awarded the "Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award"


ABA's Business Law Section, 2006