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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 co-Chair of the Fellows Committee, 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:
Web Segment  Web Segment The Defense Perspective: The Many Shades of Gray - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Monday, November 13, 2017
Hot Button Enforcement Issues for Private Funds - Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2017, Tuesday, December 05, 2017
The Responsibilities of In-House Counsel and Compliance Personnel - Storming the Gatekeepers: When Compliance Officers and In-House Lawyers Are at Risk 2018, Friday, September 07, 2018
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Dixie L. Johnson, M. Alexander Koch, and Victoria V. Bohannan, SEC Enforcement Developments (Submitted August 23, 2017) - Securities Regulation Institute (49th Annual), Monday, November 13, 2017
The Defense Perspective: The Many Shades of Gray - Securities Regulation Institute (49th Annual), Monday, November 13, 2017
Don’t Blow It: Avoiding Pitfalls Under the SEC’s Whistleblower Regime (November 1, 2017) - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Monday, April 16, 2018
Selected Ethics Topics and Developments (March 12, 2018) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
King & Spalding, Client Alert, Special Matters & Government Investigations and Tax Practice Groups, Reflections on Kokesh v. SEC: On the Lookout for “Elephants in Mouseholes” (February 9, 2018) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Dixie L. Johnson, Carmen Lawrence, Alec Koch, Peter Isajiw, Victoria Bohannan, Business Law Today, Don’t Blow It: Avoiding Pitfalls under the SEC’s Whistleblower Regime (November 1, 2017) - Enforcement 2018: Perspectives from Government Agencies, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Dixie L. Johnson and Victoria Bohannan, The Responsibilities of In-House Counsel and Compliance Personnel (June 14, 2018) - Storming the Gatekeepers: When Compliance Officers and In-House Lawyers Are at Risk 2018, Wednesday, September 05, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio The Defense Perspective: The Many Shades of Gray - The Defense Perspective: The Many Shades of Gray, Monday, November 13, 2017
Hot Button Enforcement Issues for Private Funds - Hot Button Enforcement Issues for Private Funds, Tuesday, December 05, 2017
The Responsibilities of In-House Counsel and Compliance Personnel - The Responsibilities of In-House Counsel and Compliance Personnel, Friday, September 07, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts The Defense Perspective: The Many Shades of Gray - The Defense Perspective: The Many Shades of Gray, Monday, November 13, 2017
Hot Button Enforcement Issues for Private Funds - Hot Button Enforcement Issues for Private Funds, Tuesday, December 05, 2017
The Responsibilities of In-House Counsel and Compliance Personnel - The Responsibilities of In-House Counsel and Compliance Personnel, Friday, September 07, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg The Defense Perspective: The Many Shades of Gray - The Defense Perspective: The Many Shades of Gray, Monday, November 13, 2017
Hot Button Enforcement Issues for Private Funds - Hot Button Enforcement Issues for Private Funds, Tuesday, December 05, 2017
The Responsibilities of In-House Counsel and Compliance Personnel - The Responsibilities of In-House Counsel and Compliance Personnel, Friday, September 07, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Sunday, December 03, 2017, New York, NY
Hedge Fund and Private Equity Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2017, Thursday, December 07, 2017, New York, NY
Storming the Gatekeepers: When Compliance Officers and In-House Lawyers Are at Risk 2018, Wednesday, September 12, 2018, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, New York, NY
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