Andrew (A.J.) JohnsonAttorney
A.J. studied Biology at the University of Virginia before pursuing master’s and doctorate degrees at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) at the College of William & Mary. At VIMS, A.J. studied and restored submerged aquatic vegetation in freshwater and marine systems from Chesapeake Bay to Western Australia and published research articles in respected journals in his field.
A.J. left VIMS to pursue a law degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he concentrated in environmental law. His course work exposed him to the fundamental principles of administrative law and complex statutory frameworks such as the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, and RCRA but also included special courses dedicated to water law, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and international environmental law and practice. Additionally, A.J. participated in the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review and the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law.
While at Vanderbilt, A.J. interned with the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia and worked on a variety of water quality and solid waste matters across Virginia. After completing law school, A.J. clerked for the honorable Karen L. Henderson on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where he conducted legal research and provided advice on complex administrative cases.
J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2022
PhD, Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William & Mary, 2015
B.S., University of Virginia, 2011
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit