Kristen M.J. Johnson

Senior Associate
Phone: 863-875-6950
Fax: 863-875-6955



Kristen M.J. Johnson is a transportation attorney and handles a full range of business litigation, arbitration, appeals, and government investigations. She regularly handles freight claims under the Carmack Amendment, complex civil disputes, product and warranty claims, and contract disputes.

Kristen’s practice originated at a major Washington DC law firm, where she represented large corporate interests, sovereign governments, and high-stakes individual matters. Kristen spent part of her career in Doha, Qatar, where she advised on domestic and international disputes, construction claims, risk prevention, data protection, and corporate investigations. Her appellate work includes submissions before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First and Fourth Circuits, and state courts of appeals.

Kristen’s practice spans from traditional courtroom litigation to administrative actions to corporate planning. Kristen directly advises clients on risk management, case and witness preparation, investigations response and compliance programs, and critical strategy. She manages legal teams, streamlines budgets, and oversees deadlines. She is experienced as lead attorney at trials, hearings, depositions, and settlement negotiations.

Before entering the law, Kristen was a recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to Japan, where she researched labor and civil rights issues. As a thought leader, Kristen is active in the industry and community. She presently is a member of Women in Transportation and the Transportation Lawyers Association. Her other passion is humanitarian aid and children’s rights, and she is the co-founder of Pretrial Rights International, an organization focused on human rights of detainees. Kristen lives in Safety Harbor, Florida, with her husband, three sons, and adorable puppy dog.


  • Florida
  • California
  • District of Columbia (inactive)


  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern, and Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • American University, Washington College of Law (J.D., 2007)
    • Top 5% of graduating class, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
    • Administrative Law Review (ABA Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice Section, 2005-2007)
  • American University, School of International Service (M.A., International Relations: International Politics, 2007), magna cum laude
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan (2002-2003)
  • Michigan State University, Honors College (B.A. 2002)
    • magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Women in Trucking
  • Clearwater Bar Association
  • Pinellas County Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum; Regional Director, MENA from 2014-2016


  • Author, “Brakes On? SCOTUS Rules on Arbitration Agreements in Employment and Transportation Contracts”, ADR Section of the Florida Bar, The Common Ground (Spring 2019)
  • Client alerts in transportation and logistics law, Taylor & Associates, Attorneys at Law, PL
  • Co-author, TLA Feature Articles and Case Notes, “Texas Shock Verdicts: Blake v. Werner Enterprises and Patterson v. FTS International LLC” (Oct. 2018)
  • Speaker, International Arbitration Conference on Energy Disputes, Doha Qatar (February 3, 2016)
  • Practice Notes Editor, Qatar University College of Law International Law Review (2014-2016)
  • Contributor, World Bank Group Doing Business Series, Qatar (2014-2015)
  • Contributor, Global Arbitration Review Investment Treaty Arbitration Know-How, Qatar (2015)
  • Client Alerts: Qatar: Cybercrime Laws (Sept., Nov. 2014)
  • Co-author, International Litigation Client Alert, Kiobel: Major U.S. Jurisdictional Limitation for Overseas Actions (April 2013)
  • Panelist, “Forget the iPad, A Washington, DC Lawyer Is the New Must-Have: A Primer on Washington Lawyers and Why No One Outside the Beltway Can Afford to Be Without,” ABA Section of International Law 2011 Spring Meeting, Washington, DC (April 6, 2011)
  • Co-author, “Guiding Foreign Governments Through the Complex Intersection of Business, Law, and Foreign Policy: The Rising Importance of Washington Counsel,” Business Law Brief American University Washington College of Law (Spring/Summer 2010)
  • Author, “Fearing the United States: Rethinking Mandatory Detention of Asylum Seekers,” Administrative Law Review (Fall 2007); also presented at the Administrative Law Review annual symposium (March 2007)

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Phone: 863-875-6950
Fax: 863-875-6955

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