Kimya S.P. Johnson joined the firm’s Philadelphia office in November 2008 after practicing in New York City. She focuses her practice on labor and employment matters.
Kimya handles state and federal employment discrimination claims under Title VII, FMLA, ADEA and the ADA, retaliation actions, ERISA claims, WARN Act litigation, executive contract issues, and labor issues, among others. She also counsels employers with regard to human resources matters and has actively represented clients on a pro bono basis. In 2012, Kimya was recognized by The Legal Intelligencer as a "Lawyer on the Fast Track."
Kimya serves as co-chair of the firm's Diversity Committee and is responsible for execution of the firm's diversity and inclusion efforts for its 575 attorneys across 22 offices. Kimya is also a member of several bar associations and civic organizations. She currently serves as the "First Lady" of the 3,000-member Bright Hope Baptist Church in Northeast Philadelphia and she serves on the Spectrum Awards Committee for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross. Prior to entering law school, she served as a public elementary school teacher in South Bronx, N.Y., through the Teach for America (AmeriCorps) program.
Kimya earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Spelman College, where she was the first student selected for the Spelman/Dartmouth Exchange Program. She received her master's degree from Columbia University. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she was a member of the National Moot Court team and earned the Labor and Employment Law and Contracts Law awards for being the top-ranked student in these subject areas. In addition, she received the Martin Luther King, Jr., Milton Kramer Law Clinic and Student Leadership Awards. Kimya is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New York.