Amy Johnson profiled in Corporate Counsel Women, Influence & Power in Law 2019
Financial Services Member Amy Johnson was profiled in Corporate Counsel Women, Influence & Power in Law 2019. The special report honors women who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the empowerment of women in law.
What was your route to the top?
Although it pays to be very intentional with your career, I have benefited from the unexpected. Upon graduating from law school, I clerked for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit thinking I wanted a career as a litigator. Not long after I started at a firm in Charlotte, North Carolina, a more senior associate took maternity leave and I was asked to pitch in with the public finance team. I found public finance to be a much better fit for me. I made partner at that firm but left after 12 years for another Charlotte-based firm. At my very first partners’ meeting with the new firm, I learned that it was exploring a merger. Prior to the merger, a group of us came to Moore & Van Allen, where I have now been for over 10 years. I had been active in our local bar with promoting diversity. A partner at Moore & Van Allen who had worked with me on those efforts asked me to co-chair the diversity committee with her. She is now a dear friend. Connections matter.
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