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Jamila A. Johnson - Government Dispute Attorney‎ - Seattle, WA

Jamila A. Johnson


206-407-1555 Direct
206-351-1133 Cell

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Professional Experience

Jamila Johnson represents businesses losing their property to the ‎government's exercises of the power of eminent ‎domain. She has represented property owners by:

  • Advocating against the use of eminent domain;
  • Achieving favorable property sales under the ‎threat of condemnation;
  • Litigating for just compensation through all stages of the Court system; and
  • Bringing claims of ‎inverse and regulatory takings. ‎

Jamila also ‎works with companies in the midst of open government disputes ‎under ‎Washington Public ‎Records Act or the Open Public ‎Meetings Act, and assists clients in ‎understanding the scope of government's ‎inherent and delegated powers.‎ ‎

Jamila graduated from West Seattle High School and attended Seattle University. ‎She ‎obtained a ‎degree in mass communications and worked full-time writing for ‎newspapers ‎and magazines. ‎Struck by the role law plays in society, Jamila decided to attend the ‎University of Washington ‎School of ‎Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the ‎Washington Journal of Law, ‎Technology and ‎Arts, held an externship with the elections ‎division at the Office of the Secretary ‎of State, and ‎was a law clerk at Perkins Coie, LLP.

Professional & Community Activities

ACLU of Washington, Board of Directors/ Executive Committee/ Cooperating Attorney/ Litigation Committee

The Bill of Rights would only be well-meaning promises if people did not fight to protect it. The ‎ACLU is the nation's premier organization dedicated to defending and expanding civil liberties ‎and civil rights for all people in America. The ACLU's job is to conserve America's original civic ‎values - the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.‎

Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund, Board of Directors/ Endorsement Chair

The Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund works to educate voters and promote public ‎policies that ensure everyone in Washington has access to a safe, healthy, affordable home.‎ The Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund is a social purpose corporation aligned with the ‎values of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.‎

Tabor 100, Government Affairs Chair

Tabor 100 is an association of entrepreneurs and business advocates who are committed to ‎economic power, educational excellence and social equity for African-Americans and the ‎community at large.‎


Institute for a Democratic Future, Board of Directors

IDF is a six-month fellowship from January through June, occurring over eleven intensive ‎weekends. IDF offers training to exceptional Democratic women and Democratic men ages twenty-one to ‎‎thirty-six. The topics focus on three major areas: (1) public policy and emerging issues; (2) the ‎legislative and political process; and (3) campaigns and elections. Fellows travel across ‎Washington State and topics cover a breadth of policy issues including agriculture, homelessness, ‎transportation, education, energy, and the environment.‎

Legal Voice, Board of Directors

Legal Voice secures and protects women's legal rights. Its drive for justice improves the lives of ‎mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, nieces, and grandmothers in the region. A vital, active force in ‎the community, Legal Voice makes substantive, lasting changes through legislation, self-help ‎resources and litigation with a far-reaching public impact.‎

Seattle Women's Commission, Chair, Aug. 2010-Aug. 2012, Commissioner 2010-2013

The Seattle Women's Commission advises the Seattle Mayor, City Council, and department ‎heads on the impacts of policy on women in Seattle. The Commission focuses on violence ‎prevention, economic opportunity, health disparities, and housing equity.‎

Pro Bono:‎

Jamila serves as the Pro Bono Coordinator for the Seattle office of Schwabe, Williamson & ‎Wyatt. She has provided pro bono services to survivors of domestic violence; political refugees ‎seeking asylum; tenants facing illegal eviction and sexual harassment by landlords; and policy organizations working on police ‎accountability, privacy and policy reforms in school discipline.‎

Additional Leadership:‎
Leadership Tomorrow, 2014‎
IADC Trial Academy, Stanford University, 2014‎
Washington State Bar Association Leadership Institute, 2011‎
Institute for a Democratic Future, 2010‎

WDTL Community Leadership Award, 2014‎
King County Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 2011‎
Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2012–2014‎

Admitted to Practice
Washington State Courts
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

Jamila is a prolific writer in the legal community, having published more than 50 ‎articles ‎on public policy and the practice of law over the last decade. In addition to her articles, Jamila has worked on a number of legal treatises, writing, reviewing or editing chapters ‎on ‎personal jurisdiction, counterclaims and crossclaims, temporary restraining orders and ‎preliminary ‎injunctions, case management and pre-trial conferences, public trials and court ‎records, and eminent domain litigation. She is currently drafting a chapter for a legal treatise on affordable housing.  

Sample Presentations
• Co-chair of the CLE "Suing and Defending Government," The Seminar Group, ‎Seattle, WA, May ‎‎2014
‎• "Students Rights & Responsibilities in the Digital Age," Washington Journalism Educators ‎Association Annual Conference, March 15, 2014
‎• "Ethics of Social Media for Lawyers," WSBA, Seattle, WA, May 2013, November 2013
‎• "Compensability of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions in Condemnation" at ‎Eminent ‎Domain: Current Developments in Condemnation, Valuation & Challenges, The Seminar Group, ‎Portland, ‎OR, June 2013.

University of Washington School of Law, Juris Doctor degree, 2007
Seattle University, Bachelor of Arts degree, 2004

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