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Michele D. Johnson

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Being home schooled in high school taught me to be a self-starter.
Other than babysitting, my first job was at Taco Bell. Big milestone.
I went to community college, and did well enough to earn a transfer scholarship to ASU.
While at ASU, I signed up for the LSAT on whim, to see how I would do.
I was accepted to Georgetown University Law Center, and during my first year almost concluded that law school was not for me. By my third year, I had been hired by Latham & Watkins.
There, I experienced first arguments, first jury trial, making partner, being appointed Litigation Department Chair and then Office Managing Partner, and being elected to the Executive Committee.
And the biggest milestone of them all: having my daughter, who is now 10 and a wonderful person.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Journalism
Mesa Community College
Bachelor
Economics
Arizona State University
Doctorate
Law
Georgetown University Law Center

Career

Law Firm Partner

I represent companies, boards of directors, and executives in securities and complex commercial litigation.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Law
Problem Solving

Day to Day

A great day would be a win for a client, perhaps on a motion to dismiss a lawsuit in its early stages, or a motion for judgment on the law without having to go to trial, or a win at trial from the jury or the judge. But more typically, the day will involve conference calls with my teams or with other counsel, negotiating with the opposing party’s counsel, editing briefs and letters and memos, defending or taking a deposition, or working with a fact witness or an expert witness.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I believe every lawyer has an obligation to give back through pro bono work, by providing free legal services to those who cannot afford them or in support of meaningful causes like civil rights or social reform. Striving to provide access to justice for those most in need is a critical goal of the profession and the responsibility of each member of the bar.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

The most important tangible step is to apply yourself to the best of your abilities and achieve top grades and scores. But in addition, try to listen to yourself. For many years I listened to the advice of everyone around me, and didn’t take enough time to look inside and investigate what it was that I truly wanted. Try to do that from a young age.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Journalism
undergrad
Bachelor
Economics
doctorate
Doctorate
Law

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Most of the discouragement I experienced centered around gender roles."