Randel K.Johnson

Partner

Randy works with clients to troubleshoot problems that arise on Capitol Hill or in the regulatory agencies. This can take the form of specific confidential, targeted relief or broader long-term efforts.


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Clients turn to Randy when employment legislation or regulations adverse to their interests move on Capitol Hill, in the agencies or, on occasion, in a state legislature. He helps stop or rework adverse legislation or regulations by educating the applicable decision-makers within the legislative or regulatory bodies, and evaluating what is reasonably achievable. Evaluating the probable success of court challenges is part of this equation. Randy testifies in front of the applicable committees of jurisdiction, developing background memorandum, or comments on regulations, as needed. He also works behind the scenes, and builds coalitions with allies who have similar interests.

Throughout his practice, Randy draws upon his extensive government and business experience. He worked on Capitol Hill for 10 years, both in the majority and in the minority. This gave him perspective on the process witnessed by few, as labor counsel and coordinator to the House Committee on Education and Labor. He also worked for 20 years as senior vice president for labor, immigration and employee benefits for the US Chamber of Commerce. Randy has worked with numerous companies across the economic spectrum, many of which have needed narrow, company specific, relief while other situations required building a broader movement on the part of the business community to defeat industry wide adverse legislation or regulatory initiatives. He has handled both of these types of matters, in addition to keeping companies abreast of ongoing policy developments.

Randy has managed a broad range of matters over his many years in the Washington, DC, policy arena. He was one of the coalition leads in defeating the ergonomics and blacklisting regulations. He crafted compromises which led to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act and subsequent amendments; worked on numerous regulations; testified on Capitol Hill; and spearheaded efforts to kill anti-employer legislation such as the Employee Free Choice Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act and striker replacement. Randy also negotiated many provisions of comprehensive immigration reform legislation, and more particularly, the W-Visa lesser-skilled program with the AFL-CIO. He turned around, with little preparation time, Illinois state legislation which threatened to put a client out of business in that state—and possibly others—had that bill become a model for other state legislatures.

Randy evaluates his clients' concerns holistically and boils them down to accurate messaging absorbable by governmental policy staff supported with thorough factual backing if needed. He never make promises he can't keep, and invariably follows through. He has a good sense of what's doable and when clients need to compromise—even when that message is difficult to deliver.

  • Graduate Certificate, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
    Government Policy
  • LLM, Georgetown University Law Center
    Labor
  • JD, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
    Labor
  • BA, Denison University
    History
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US District Court, District of Maryland