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Johnson Recognized as ‘Outstanding Voice’ at San Francisco Business Times’s ‘Business of Pride’ Ceremony

June 13, 2022

Teresa Johnson, co-head of Arnold & Porter’s Capital Markets practice, was honored as a leader in the LGBTQ community at the San Francisco Business Times’s Business of Pride Awards. Johnson was recognized as one of 12 “Outstanding Voices” in the San Francisco Bay Area who “have established themselves as role models, helped create safer, more inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ employees and in some way changed the climate for being out in the workplace.”

Johnson was also featured in the San Francisco Business Times’s Business of Pride issue where she discussed her experiences throughout her career as an LGBTQ+ attorney.

“I've had a lot of amazing mentors and allies who supported my career and instilled a lot of confidence in me,” Johnson told the San Francisco Business Times. “I will say that the allies in the workplace were particularly beneficial. I never faced any sort of direct discrimination or a lack of opportunity due to my sexuality.”

When asked to give her advice for younger LGBTQ+ professionals working today, Johnson said the “most important thing is to be visible.”

She added that she “would also advise people to collaborate and use their skills to help lift up the community as a whole - whether that's supporting pro bono efforts, or support for the community more broadly. People often have concerns about the LGBTQ+ community in the abstract, but when you meet someone and get to know them as a person, that makes all the difference,” she told the publication.

Johnson advises clients on corporate and finance matters, often serving as a trusted advisor to the C suite and board members. She also advises clients on securities transactions, and compliance and reporting matters. Johnson has focused in particular on board diversity, stakeholder capitalism and other ESG matters.