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Michele D. Johnson
Michele D. Johnson

Michele D. Johnson

Latham & Watkins, LLP

Costa Mesa, CA USA

"Know yourself. Spend time thinking and understanding what motivates you. It takes a while to know yourself."

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Michele D.'s work combines: Business, Law, and Problem Solving

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Day In The Life

Law Firm Partner

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

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree


    Mesa Community College

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Environmental/Natural Resource Economics

    Arizona State University

  • Doctorate


    Georgetown University Law Center

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Lawyers:

Bachelor's Degree: Journalism

Bachelor's Degree: Environmental/Natural Resource Economics

Doctorate: Law

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Being home schooled in high school taught me to be a self-starter.

  • 2.

    Other than babysitting, my first job was at Taco Bell. Big milestone.

  • 3.

    I went to community college, and did well enough to earn a transfer scholarship to ASU.

  • 4.

    While at ASU, I signed up for the LSAT on whim, to see how I would do.

  • 5.

    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.

  • 6.

    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.

  • 7.

    And the biggest milestone of them all: having my daughter, who is now 10 and a wonderful person.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    Most of the discouragement I experienced centered around gender roles.

  • How I responded:

    I tried to figure out what I believed and then follow it, even when my belief differed from all of the—let’s not call it noise, but rather—guidance and instruction around me. I became valedictorian of my high school, joined the honors college at my university, started a newspaper, left home to go to law school across the country, had a baby, made partner at my law firm, got elected to the Executive Committee...and I’ll march in the streets for as long as it takes to achieve equal rights for all.