Khrista Johnson, J.D.
Associate Professor of Law
Office: School of Law (SOL)
Before joining Pepperdine, Professor Johnson practiced with Morgan Lewis in London where she focused on all aspects of international taxation, including corporate, individual, estate, and trust planning for U.S. persons conducting business or residing abroad. She also advised individuals and charities on U.S. and cross-border charitable giving and structuring and served as Pro Bono Vice Chair for the office. While living in London, Professor Johnson was actively involved with her local church and with several charitable organizations. In addition, she was appointed to the Board of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association of the UK.
Professor Johnson began her legal career with Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles. During her first two years of practice, she was selected as a Washington, D.C. delegate by the State Bar of California and the Los Angeles County Bar Association Taxation section to present a policy paper on charitable giving and planning before the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department, which was later published. She has practiced international tax law in Paris and completed a clerkship in New York with the Honorable Barrington D. Parker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Professor Johnson has published articles in the United States and in the United Kingdom, and she has a forthcoming article in the Columbia Journal of Tax Law. She recently presented a leading paper as a selected participant of the International Research Symposium held as part of the 66th Congress of the International Fiscal Association in Boston, Massachusetts. She also recently presented at the Junior Tax Scholars' Workshop at the University of Miami School of Law and at tax colloquia associated with Loyola Law School as well as Washburn University School of Law. Professor Johnson served as a moderator for the business/international tax panel associated with the first Pepperdine Law Review Tax Symposium. Her scholarly work focuses on alternative U.S. approaches to cross-border charitable giving rules.
Professor Johnson teaches Federal Income Taxation, International Taxation, and Federal Income Taxation of Business Entities. She is also an active member of the Christian Legal Society on campus.