Karla L. Johnson


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  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, JD, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, Managing Editor, University of Pittsburgh Law Review, 2009
  • Washington & Jefferson College, BA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2006
  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Member, Allegheny County Bar Association

Karla represents financial industry clients in state and federal courts around the country, in all stages of litigation and alternative dispute resolution. She has significant experience representing major financial institutions in matters involving securities lending programs and investments losses, exposure relating to the operation of Ponzi schemes, issues with auto lending, and mortgage lending and servicing. Karla also has experience defending financial industry clients from subpoenas arising out of a variety of situations, including the most complex litigation. She also is experienced with the application of the Class Action Fairness Act and the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act.

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Karla Johnson
T: +1 412 667 7927F: +1 412 667 7992Tower Two-Sixty
260 Forbes Avenue
Suite 1800
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142
  • Represented a bank client in a jury trial in federal court arising out of alleged losses in a securities lending program relating to the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers
  • Represented multiple major financial institutions in numerous complex actions in state and federal courts relating to securities lending investment programs
  • Defended multiple bank clients in state and federal courts alleging aiding and abetting and fraudulent transfer claims relating to the operation of Ponzi schemes
  • Argued successfully at the Pennsylvania Superior Court for financial institution in matter challenging viability of mortgage lien
  • Defended multiple financial institutions from subpoena inquiries arising out of complex litigation
  • Drafted a wide variety of settlement papers in a significant number of high stakes matters for financial industry clients