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Kristin Johnson

Professor of Law

  • Degrees:

  • J.D., University of Michigan B.A., Georgetown University
  • Contact:

  • Tel:  973-642-8198
  • SSRN Site link
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses:

  • Business Associations, Securities Regulation, Current Issues in Corporate Governance & Securities Regulations

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.

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.

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.



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)

Financial Institution Boards: Culture and Corporate Governance, Illinois L. Rev. 8810 (2013)

Governing Financial Markets: Regulating Conflicts of Interest, 88 University of Washington L. Rev. 185 (2013)

Macroprudential Regulation: A Sustainable Approach to Regulating Financial Markets, 2013 U. Ill. L. Rev. 881 (2013) (solicited), reprinted in the Securities Law Review (2014)

Beyond Cosmetic Reform: Regulating Over-the-Counter Derivatives Clearinghouses, 77 Brooklyn L. Rev. 681 (2012)

Addressing Gaps in the Dodd-Frank Act: Directors' Risk Management Oversight Obligations, 45 U. Mich. J. L. Ref. 55 (2011)

Things Fall Apart: Regulating Credit Default Swaps Commons, 82 U. Colo. L. Rev. 168 (2011) (cited in Bloomberg v. Commodity Futures Trading Comm., No. 13-523, Mem. Op. at 37 (D.C. Jun. 7, 2013))

From Diagnosing the Dilemma to Divining a Cure: Post-Crisis Regulation Financial Markets, 40 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1299 (2010)

Amicus Curiae Brief to the United States Supreme Court on Behalf of the University of Michigan Law School Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, the Black Law Student Association, the Latino Law Student Association, & Native American Law Student, 10 Mich. J. Gender & L. 1 (2003) (Contributing Author)

Resolving the Title VII Partner-Employee Debate, 101 Mich. L. Rev. 1067 (2003)

Diversifying To Mitigate Risk, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1795 (co-authored)

Full list of presentations available in Curriculum Vitae

Managing Cyber Risks, University of Chicago Law School, National Business Law Scholars Conference (June 24, 2016)

The Limits of Compliance: Cyber Risk Regulation, University of Iowa (July 7, 2016)

Diversifying to Manage Risk, Maurer, Indiana University Maurer School of Law (Nov. 4, 2015)

Diversifying to Manage Risk, University of Miami School of Law (October 12, 2015)

Extraterritorial Regulation in Financial Markets, University of California (March 3, 2015) (Davis)

Extraterritorial Regulation in Financial Markets, Vanderbilt University Law School (July 8, 2015)

Regulating Cyber Risks, University of Georgia Law School (March 19, 2015)

Regulating Cyber Risks, University of Alabama (October 8, 2015)

Regulating Cyber Risks, Texas A&M University School of Law (September 23, 2015)

Developing Regulation Post-Crisis, AALS Mid-Year Corporate Law Conference, Washington, D.C. (June 9, 2014)

Extraterritorial Application of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI (June 28, 2014)

Regulating Complexity in Modern Financial Markets, University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA (January 2014)

Complexity, Complacency, and Collaboration: International Regulation of Financial Markets, Fordham University Law School, New York, NY (March 21, 2013)

Extraterritorial Application of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act, Washington & Lee University Law School, Lexington, Virginia (November 19, 2013)

Governing Financial Markets: Regulating Conflicts of Interest, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah Law School, Salt Lake City, Utah (February 20, 2013)

Governing Financial Markets: Regulating Conflicts, Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, Ohio (December 4, 2012)

Implementing the Dodd-Frank Amid Reform Fatigue, Section on Financial Institutions at the AALS ANNUAL MEETING, Washington D.C. (January 8, 2012)

Regulating Risk: The Promise of “New Governance", Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. (February 3, 2012)

Brooklyn Law School's Abraham L. Pomerantz Lecture, (March 15, 2011)

Fordham Inaugural Global Finance Symposium: International Perspectives on Derivative Regulation, Fordham University London Centre, London, England (June 10, 2011)

Hedging vs. Speculation: Market Efficiency, Social Perceptions, and Legal Distinctions, Canadian Law & Economics Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada (September 23, 2011)

Law, Finance and Accountability after Financial Reform, American University, Washington College of Law Business Law Review Symposium (April 8, 2011)

Issues Related to Clearing Credit Default Swaps, (a roundtable to assist the agencies in the rulemaking process to implement the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act), The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Washington, D.C. (October 22, 2010)

Ciudadanas de la Nación: Los Derechos de las Mujeres Cubanas, Legal History Roundtable, Santiago, Cuba (September 13, 2001)

Clearing Credit Default Swaps, SEC/CFT Roundtable Discussion