Kimya Johnson is Senior Counsel and Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Legal Practice Group at Ogletree Deakins, one of the nation’s largest labor and employment law firms.
In her unique legal practice, Kimya supports a wide range of employers in their efforts to provide legally-compliant, effective, and organizationally-integrative diversity and inclusion plans. She regularly represents clients by providing D&I-related legal advice and compliance counseling, demographic data gathering and analytics, D&I program and workplace culture assessments, D&I-integrated business, communication and leadership development strategies, and human resource counseling and policy creation. Kimya frequently provides training for her clients that addresses the intersection of D&I and the law, among other topics.
Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Kimya served as the first Director of Diversity & Inclusion at an AmLaw 100 law firm and she practiced law in the labor and employment group. In her diversity management role, Kimya led the firm’s efforts to recruit, develop, retain, promote and advance diverse attorneys across the firm’s 26 offices in the U.S., Europe and Canada. As an employment lawyer, Kimya handled the myriad of employment and labor-related matters, including affirmative action/EEO law, employment discrimination claims, complaint reporting, procedures and investigations, downsizing processes, wage and hour disputes, and union/management relations at the state and federal levels.
Kimya was recognized as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer, as a “PA Rising Star in Employment & Labor” by SuperLawyers Magazine, and as an “Influential Woman” by the NAACP, Philadelphia Chapter, and a “Wonder Woman in Business.” She also received the “MultiCultural Leadership Award” from the National Diversity Council. Furthering her work, Kimya earned a Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion Management from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Kimya has been directly engaged with a host of community, educational, political and social service endeavors. Before practicing law, Kimya was a public elementary school teacher in South Bronx, New York and received the “Sallie Mae Excellence in Teaching Award.” More recently, she served as Campaign Manager for a candidate for U.S. Congress. Further, Kimya has first-hand experience with non-profit incorporation, management and governance through, among others, Dare to Imagine—an organization that began in her home in 2014 and has since grown to over 1000 members with a campus in East Mount Airy, Philadelphia. She currently serves on the boards of Friends’ Central School, Dare to Imagine Church, Inc., and Dare to Imagine Community Development Corporation.