Kristin Johnson Frances Lewis Law Center Scholar-in-Residence


Office: Lewis Hall

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BA, Georgetown University

JD, University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise

Corproate Law, Financial Markets Regulation, Risk Management


Professor Kristin N. Johnson specializes in the area of financial markets regulation. She has presented her research on systemic risk, risk management, cyber risk regulation and financial markets regulation throughout the United States and abroad. Her scholarship appears in nationally recognized law journals including the Washington and Lee Law Review, the University of Illinois Law Review, the University of Washington Law Review, the University of Colorado Law Review, Southern Methodist University Law Review and the University of Michigan Law Review. She teaches business law courses including Business Associations, Securities Regulation, The Law of Governance, Compliance and Risk Management, Corporations, Accounting for Lawyers, Financial Concepts for Lawyers and a seminar examining the intersection of corporate governance and the regulation of financial markets. She has developed courses for J.D. and other graduate students that explore the history, mechanics, and evolution of financial markets, risk management, and cyber risk concerns. In 2016, Professor Johnson was elected to the American Law Institute.

She serves on the boards of the Journal of International Economic Law (Oxford University Press) and the National Business Law Scholars Conference. She served on the Planning Committee of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Mid-Year Corporate Law Workshop and as Chair of the AALS Minority Groups Section. She has also served on the Executive Committee of the AALS Business Associations and the AALS Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services Sections. She is currently the Planning Committee Chair for the Lutie Lytle Faculty Workshop to be held at the University of Michigan Law School in 2017.

Outside of the classroom, Professor Johnson is the chair of the Diversity Council and faculty advisor to BLSA. She mentors students in a variety of ways, including through her service as the advisor for the law school's investor advocacy project. The project offers legal representation to investors with limited access to counsel who seek to assert claims against investment professionals. The project is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. The FINRA Foundation is the largest foundation in the United States dedicated to investor education. The Seton Hall Law Investor Advocacy Project is the first FINRA Foundation funded resource in New Jersey. The Investor Advocacy Projectincludes an education outreach component which will assist individuals in making informed investment choices.

Professor Johnson is visiting W&L from Seton Hall, where she is a Professor of Law. Prior to joining Seton Hall Law School in 2008, Professor Johnson clerked for the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., then of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Professor Johnson also served as Assistant General Counsel and Vice President at JP Morgan and practiced law as a corporate associate. During her tenure in private practice at Simpson, Thatcher and Bartlett LLP's New York and London offices, she represented issuers and underwriters in domestic and international debt and equity offerings, lenders and borrowers in banking and credit matters, and private equity firms and publicly traded companies in mergers and acquisitions. Prior to law school, she was an analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co.

Professor Johnson received her B.A., cum laude, from Georgetown University, and her J.D., from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as Notes Editor of the Michigan Law Review and received the Clara Belfield and Henry Bates International Research Fellowship.

Recent Publications


Regulating Cyber Threats In The Financial Services Industry, in The Most Important Concepts In Finance, Edward Elgar Publishing (2017) (Dr. Benton Gup ed.)

Regulating Financial Stability, in Law and Economics: Contemporary Approaches (2017) (Jennifer Taub, Martha Mccluskey, and Frank Pasquale, eds.)


Obscuring Systemic Risk: Regulating Dark Pools, Journal of Corporations Law (forthcoming 2017)

Banking On Diversity: Does Gender Diversity Improve Financial Firms' Risk Oversight, 69 Smu L. Rev(forthcoming 2016)

The Limits of Compliance: Cyber Risk Regulation, 83 U. Cin. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2016)

Emerging Risk Management Concerns for Financial Institutions, 50 Ga. L. Rev. 131 (2016) )

Managing Complex Risks, 50 GA. L. REV. 547 (2016)

Sustainability: A New Guiding Principle for Financial Market Regulation, 11 U. St. Thomas L. J. 386(2015) (solicited)