Karl Johnson is an AV rated lawyer who has taught and practiced federal Indian law and commercial law for more than 30 years. His current practice is focused on tribal economic development, environmental protection, and Indian land and water rights. He has represented tribal clients in major fee-to-trust conversions, gaming and hospitality developments, land acquisition, and Indian water rights settlements. Karl began his legal career with DNA- People’s Legal Services on the Navajo Reservation and then joined the faculty of the University of New Mexico School of Law to teach federal Indian law, commercial transactions and business associations.
Karl holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma and a JD degree from the University of Oregon School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif and first in his class. He is past chair of the Indian Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico and has received the Albuquerque Bar Association’s annual award as the city’s outstanding attorney.