Karla L. Johnson Partner

Karla focuses her practice on high-stakes financial services and class action litigation.

She 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 mortgage lending and servicing, allegations of discriminatory lending, exposure relating to the operation of Ponzi schemes, auto lending issues, and securities lending programs and investments losses. Karla also has experience defending financial industry clients from subpoenas arising out of a variety of situations, including the most complex litigation.


Represented a bank client in nationwide class action resulting in denial of class certification of claims arising out of interest payments on FHA-insured mortgages

Advocated successfully to strike the class allegations in multiple matters based on “fail-safe” class definitions

Defended 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

  • 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

Member, Allegheny County Bar Association

  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
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