Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Welcomes Leading Nonprofit Lawyer

Date: April 13, 2006

April 12, 2006, 2006 - Washington, D.C. - Whiteford, Taylor & Preston (WTP) is pleased to announce that Eileen Morgan Johnson has joined the firm as Counsel in the Nonprofit Organizations Group.  Ms. Johnson will be based in the D.C. office.

Jonathan May, the head of the firm's Nonprofit practice group, commented, "Eileen is a savvy, nationally known practitioner, with two decades of practical experience gained by guiding a national nonprofit through a wide variety of legal issues, from corporate governance, to tax issues involving for-profit subsidiaries, to employment issues.  She brings our clients and our group an invaluable breadth of perspective and experience."

Eileen Morgan Johnson served as in-house counsel at the National Wildlife Federation for almost twenty years, the last eight of which were as general counsel and corporate secretary.  In that time, NWF had 4 million members and supporters, with 47 state affiliates, and several subsidiaries. 

She received her law degree from Brigham Young University in 1982, and her bachelor's from the College of William and Mary in 1979.

Ms. Johnson has been active in the Virginia State Bar, where she served in various leadership positions of the Board of Governors of the Corporate Counsel Section, and in the national Association of Corporate Counsel.  She has addressed ACC numerous times on issues related to both nonprofits and the general counsel function within an organization, and has published articles in Corporate Counsel News and the Legal Times.

In making the move to WTP, Ms. Johnson was drawn by the firm's approach to serving its nonprofit clients: "As a former general counsel, I liked the holistic approach that WTP attorneys bring to their nonprofit clients. The breadth of experience in the firm is amazing. WTP is a wonderful resource for the nonprofit legal community and I am looking forward to spreading the word about it. "