Dean Christian Johnson is the inaugural dean for the Widener University Commonwealth Law School. Prior to joining Widener this year, Dean Johnson was the Hugh B. Brown Presidential Endowed Chair in the Law at the University of Utah College of Law. He is a frequent commentator and academic focusing primarily on global capital markets. He has coauthored five books and written over three dozen articles on capital markets and central banks.
Before moving to Utah, he was a law professor at Loyola University Chicago for 13 years. Professor Johnson speaks frequently on legal issues involving OTC derivative reforms, capital markets and the financial crisis. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on OTC derivative reforms and made presentations to the staffs at the CFTC and the NFA.
In addition, he has spoken and lectured at such institutions as the IMF, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Latvian and Irish Central Banks, the London School of Economics, Oxford, Monash University in Melbourne, Osgoode Law School (Toronto), the National University of Singapore, the University of Hong Kong and the University of Stockholm.
Professor Johnson received his JD from Columbia Law School (where he was executive editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Stone Scholar) and was an associate for Milbank, Tweed in New York and Mayer, Brown, in Chicago. He was also a CPA for Price Waterhouse.
J.D., Law, Columbia Law School (1990)
Masters of Professional Accountancy, University of Utah (1985)
B.A., Accounting, University of Utah (1984) honors