Kimya S.P. Johnson joined the firm’s Philadelphia office in November 2008 after practicing in New York City and she is Of Counsel and serves as the firm's first Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Pro Bono. Kimya leads the firm's efforts to recruit, develop, retain, promote and advance diverse attorneys across the firm's 23 offices in the U.S., Europe and Canada. Additionally, Kimya provides leadership in the firm's efforts to maximize its attorneys' engagement in providing pro bono legal services to under-served individuals and communities.
Kimya works closely with the firm's management and leadership as well as Recruiting/Hiring, Human Resources, Professional Development, and Marketing to develop and execute programs designed to increase diversity within the firm, to promote its core value of inclusion, and to extend legal talent to those most-deserving within the communities where the firm is located. Kimya leads the firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Committee, while also serving on the Hiring Committee, Pro Bono Committee and the Women's Initiative Steering Committee.
Prior to assuming her current role, Kimya practiced within the labor & employment group and handled employment discrimination claims, FMLA, retaliation actions, WARN Act litigation, executive contract issues, and labor-related disputes at the state and federal levels. She also regularly counseled employers with regard to human resources matters. Kimya has been recognized by The Legal Intelligencer as a 'Lawyer on the Fast Track,' as a "PA Rising Star in Employment & Labor" by SuperLawyers Magazine, and as an "Influential Woman" by the Philadelphia Chapter of the NAACP. Before practicing law, Kimya was a public elementary school teacher in South Bronx, NY, through the Teach for America program.
Kimya is actively engaged in the community and currently serves on the boards of the Einstein Health Network and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern PA and she is a member of multiple social service organizations. She earned her undergraduate degree from Spelman College, her master's degree from Columbia University, and her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.