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Leading Public Policy Lawyer Joins Covington

January 7, 2019

WASHINGTONBroderick D. Johnson has joined Covington in its Public Policy practice in Washington.

Mr. Johnson is a public policy and political strategist with more than three decades of leadership at the highest levels of government and the legal profession. He provides strategic leadership advice and counsel to clients on legislative, regulatory, legal, and political issues. His experience includes telecommunications and technology, workforce development, tax policy, education, sports and entertainment, and financial services matters.

“Having worked on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, Broderick has a unique understanding of the relationship between the Hill, the White House, and federal agencies,” said Muftiah McCartin, co-chair of Covington’s Public Policy practice. “His long experience and keen understanding will benefit our clients across a number of key industries.”

Mr. Johnson was appointed to senior posts under two U.S. Presidents. He served as Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary under President Barack Obama. In that role, he was the President’s primary liaison to members of the Cabinet, directing a team that helped coordinate policy and communications strategy between the West Wing and federal agencies. President Obama also appointed Mr. Johnson to chair the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, an interagency initiative designed to identify and address the disparities that hamper the success of boys and young men of color and to improve the lives of all youth. In the Clinton White House, he was Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs.

Mr. Johnson held several positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, including Assistant Counsel in the Office of the Legislative Counsel, and Chief Democratic Counsel for the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

“With the Democratic party assuming control of the House, companies across a spectrum of industries will face new challenges advocating for their legislative agendas and responding to congressional inquiries,” said Mr. Johnson. “Covington is well positioned to represent those companies before the new Congress, and I am excited to join the firm and expand its practice.”

Mr. Johnson serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan School of Law and as chair of the Advisory Council of the My Brother’s Keep Alliance. He received a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

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