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Khrista Johnson, J.D.
Associate Professor of Law

Office: School of Law (SOL)

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2003, magna cum laude
  • A.B., Harvard University, 1998, cum laude

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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 crossborder 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.



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  • Khrista McCarden Johnson, Presenter, Junior Tax Scholars' Workshop, American University School of Law (May 2014)
  • Khrista McCarden Johnson, Presenter, Junior Tax Scholars' Workshop, University of Miami School of Law (May 2013)
  • Khrista McCarden Johnson, Moderator, Business/International Tax Panel, Pepperdine Law Review Tax Symposium, Malibu, California (Jan. 2013 & 2014)
  • Khrista McCarden Johnson, Presenter, Leading Paper for International Tax Research Symposium, 66th Congress of the International Fiscal Association, Boston, Massachusetts (2013)
  • Khrista McCarden Johnson, Academic Presenter, Tax Policy Colloquium, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California (2013)
  • Khrista McCarden Johnson, Academic Presenter, Tax Colloquium, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas (2012)
  • Khrista McCarden Johnson, Dual-Qualified Structures: A Tax-Efficient Solution for Charitable Giving in the US and UK, FAMILY FOUNDATION ADVISOR, September/October 2008
  • Khrista McCarden Johnson and Richard Cassell, Charitable Uses in the US, OFFSHORE INVESTMENT, July/August 2007 (published in association with 17th Oxford Offshore Symposium, Jesus College, Oxford University)
  • Khrista McCarden Johnson, European Commission Extends State Aid Regime for Film Production, 34 TAX NOTES INT'L, 1112 (2004), reprinted in 2004 WORLDWIDE TAX DAILY, 111-11 (2004)

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