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Dixie L. Johnson

Dixie L. Johnson

King & Spalding

Washington, DC, USA


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.

Dixie L. Johnson is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters SEC Enforcement Developments (August 22, 2016) - Securities Regulation Institute (48th Annual), Monday, November 07, 2016
Selected Ethics Topics (Substantive Outline) (March 15, 2017) - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
New York State Bar Association, Committee on Professional Ethics, Ethics Opinion 825, There Is No Ethical Bar to Lawyer Providing Legal Services by Telephone to Client Referred to the Lawyer, and Paid for by, an Employee Assistance Program, nor to Accepting Ancillary Private Retention by Such Clients (July 15, 2008) - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
NYCLA Ethics Opinion 746, Ethical Conflicts Caused by Lawyers as Whistleblowers under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act of 2010 (October 7, 2013) - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Virginia State Bar, Legal Ethics Opinion 1765, Whether an Attorney Working for a Federal Intelligence Agency Can Perform Undercover Work Without Violating Rule 8.4 (September 3, 2014) - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
New York City Bar Association, Formal Opinion 2001-3: Limiting the Scope of an Attorney’s Representation to Avoid Client Conflicts (July 2001) - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
New York State Bar Association, Committee on Professional Ethics, Opinion 927, Lawyer May Not Ethically Enter into Arrangement with a Non-Lawyer to Accept Referrals for a Fixed Monthly Fee for Each Case Referred Where Case Has Been Obtained by Telephonic Solicitation (August 2, 2012) - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Dixie L. Johnson, M. Alexander Koch, and Victoria V. Bohannan, SEC Enforcement Developments (Submitted August 23, 2017) - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 08, 2017
The Defense Perspective: The Many Shades of Gray - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Governance Ethics Hot Topic - Counsel's Responsibility for Getting the Board Involved - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2017, Friday, March 10, 2017
Ethical Issues that Arise When Working with Government Agencies - Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Governance Ethics Hot Topic - Counsel's Responsibility for Getting the Board Involved - Governance Ethics Hot Topic - Counsel's Responsibility for Getting the Board Involved, Friday, March 10, 2017
Ethical Issues that Arise When Working with Government Agencies - Ethical Issues that Arise When Working with Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Governance Ethics Hot Topic - Counsel's Responsibility for Getting the Board Involved - Governance Ethics Hot Topic - Counsel's Responsibility for Getting the Board Involved, Friday, March 10, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Governance Ethics Hot Topic - Counsel's Responsibility for Getting the Board Involved - Governance Ethics Hot Topic - Counsel's Responsibility for Getting the Board Involved, Friday, March 10, 2017
Ethical Issues that Arise When Working with Government Agencies - Ethical Issues that Arise When Working with Government Agencies, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2017, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, New York, NY
Enforcement 2017: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Thursday, May 18, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2017, Thursday, November 30, 2017, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Hedge and Private Fund Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2017, Thursday, November 30, 2017, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2017, Thursday, November 30, 2017, Atlanta, GA
Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2017, Thursday, November 30, 2017, Philadelphia, PA
Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2017, Thursday, November 30, 2017, New Brunswick , NJ
Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2017, Thursday, November 30, 2017, Mechanicsburg, PA
Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2017, Thursday, November 30, 2017, Indianapolis, IN
Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2017, Thursday, November 30, 2017, Pittsburgh, PA
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