Robert K. Johnson

rjohnsonRobert K. Johnson is the senior tax partner and Co-Managing Partner of Munger, Tolles & Olson, which he joined in 1968. He has also worked for the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General and as an associate for Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Harvard College (1961) and Stanford Law School (1964), where he served as an officer of the Stanford Law Review. He was born in New York, New York in 1939.

Mr. Johnson specializes in tax, executive compensation and employee benefits law. During his career, he has been a principal tax counsel in a wide variety of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs and securities offerings.

Mr. Johnson has also regularly represented a variety of companies, management consultants and executives in connection with employment agreements, executive compensation plans, stock and stock option plans, ERISA matters and golden parachute issues, including ARCO, Avery Dennison, Bausch & Lomb, Berkshire Hathaway, California Endowment, California HealthCare Foundation, Cook Inlet Region, Dayton Hudson, Dole Food Company, Inc., Equitable, General Dynamics, H.F. Ahmanson & Co., Kaufman and Broad, Korn/Ferry International, Lam Research Corporation, Mattel, Mellon Bank, M Financial Group, Mullin Consulting, Inc., Music Center, Occidental Petroleum, Pacific Mutual, Pinkerton's, Inc., Southwestern Bell, Strategic Compensation Associates, Tandem Computers, Tenet Healthcare, Times Mirror, Universal Studios, University of Southern California, Unocal, USA Networks, Inc. and Vons Companies, Inc.

Mr. Johnson is an active member of the American, California and Los Angeles County Bar Associations. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and previously served as Chair of its Taxation Section and Chair of its Employee Benefits Committee and was the 1999 recipient of its Dana Latham Memorial Award. He also served as Chair of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of California and was the 1997 recipient of its V. Judson Klein Award. He has been a frequent author and lecturer on tax, executive compensation and employee benefits subjects. He is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and is currently listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Employee Benefits Law and Tax Law.