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  • Pepperdine Law School, J.D. (2000)
  • University of Southern California, M.A. in Mathematics (2000)
  • University of Kansas, B.S. in Mathematics and B.A. in Russian (1984)

Christopher T. Johnson


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Practice Areas
Mr. Johnson’s practice centers on environmental compliance, regulation, and litigation, with emphasis on hazardous and toxic substances, air quality regulation, and groundwater contamination. He has particular experience with Superfund and hazardous waste laws and regulations, especially the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). He has represented clients before the United States Environmental Protection Agency and California agencies such as its Water Boards, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, as well as other related federal, state, and local permitting and regulatory entities. Mr. Johnson has also overseen and assisted clients with environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), particularly in reviewing the adequacy of environmental assessments and exemptions.

Beyond his environmental practice, Mr. Johnson is part of the firm’s general litigation team, representing both public and private clients. Mr. Johnson also focuses his practice on appellate law, and has initiated and defended appeals before federal and California courts. Mr. Johnson is admitted to practice in the State of California and the District of Columbia. He is also a member of the Environmental Section of the California Bar. He graduated from the University of Kansas with honors in 1994, with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian, and received his Master of Arts degree in pure mathematics from the University of Southern California in 2000. While at USC, Mr. Johnson served as a student senator and president of the Mathematics Graduate Student Association. In 2000 Mr. Johnson graduated cum laude from Pepperdine Law School. While at Pepperdine, he served as president of the Environmental Law Society, actively participated in moot court and advocacy competitions, and served on law review. Mr. Johnson also represented President Clinton in Pepperdine’s mock impeachment hearings.

For four consecutive years, Mr. Johnson was honored with selection by his peers as a Southern California and Washington D.C. Super Lawyer.

Admitted to Practice
California State Bar
Washington DC State Bar
United States Supreme Court
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court of California, Eastern Division
United States District Court of California, Northern Division
United States District Court of California, Central Division
United States District Court of California, Southern Division

Professional Activities
Mr. Johnson has had the following paper published: “New Supreme Court Case Limits Liability for Chemical Sales and Distribution: Good for Defending Against Contamination Claims, Bad If Trying to Recover Cleanup Costs from Additional Parties,” Chemical Distributor, Vol. 31, No. 5 (2009), with Richard Dongell.
“Spaces of Regular Polyhedra” (geometric construction and computation of homology groups of regular polyhedra inscribed in the 2-sphere), Master’s Thesis, Univ. of Southern Calif. 2000.
ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Vice Chair, Science & Technology Committee


Hobbies and Interests
Astronomy, travel, ethnic food, and electronic music

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Business Litigation and Counseling

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