Broderick Johnson is a Founding Partner of the Collins | Johnson group, and has over thirty years of experience throughout the federal government, private sector, and presidential campaigns.
Prior to the Collins | Johnson group, Johnson was a Partner at Bryan Cave LLP, a global international law firm, from 2007-2011. During his tenure, he led the firm's public policy and government affairs practice, and served on its exclusive executive committee.
Johnson has played an integral role in the last several presidential campaigns. He served as a Senior Advisor to the 2012 re-election campaign of President Barack Obama. In this capacity, Johnson was a member of the campaign's senior leadership and traveled the country as a national surrogate. In 2008, Johnson was an informal advisor and surrogate speaker for the 2008 Obama for America campaign, and in 2004, he was a Senior Advisor for Congressional Affairs in the Kerry presidential campaign.
From 1998-2000, Johnson served in the Clinton White House as Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. He was President Clinton's principal liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives and achieved numerous legislative victories including the extension of permanent normal trade relations with China.
Upon leaving the White House in 2000, Johnson joined the AT&T and Bell South corporations, respectively, as Vice-President for Congressional Affairs. For each company, Johnson advanced a range of policy issues central to the telecommunications industry, such as state and local taxes on internet access and the extension of federal tax credits to help Bell South recover from the impact of Hurricane Katrina.
Johnson began his professional career in the nation's capital in 1983, as an Assistant Counsel in the Office of Legislative Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives. Over his six-year tenure, Johnson drafted hundreds of bills, amendments and resolutions for congressional members and committees. Among the major pieces of legislation Johnson drafted were the landmark Family and Medical Leave Act and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 ("Simpson-Mazzoli"). Johnson later served as ChiefDemocratic Counsel for two House Committees - the Committee on the District of Columbia and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. His work in these various positions earned Johnson a reputation as a highly respected parliamentary expert and legislative tactician.
A longtime leader of philanthropic and social causes, Johnson serves on the Board of Directors of the Commission to Engage African Americans on Energy, Climate Change and the Environment. He is also a board member of both the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and the Close Up Foundation, and is a major donor to several education scholarship programs. In 2012, he was inducted into the Epsilon Chapter of the Boule in Washington, D.C.
Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross and a juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, where he lectures on government relations and public policy. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Johnson resides in the District of Columbia with his wife and three children. To no surprise, he is an avid supporter of the University of Michigan Wolverines.