Shontavia Johnson serves as a highly acclaimed attorney, law professor, consultant, and public intellectual. Named one of 2016’s Top 40 Young Lawyers by the American Bar Association, her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and Time, and her 2014 article on trademark law was named the best in the world on a trademark topic by the International Trademark Association.
Today, Shontavia serves as the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and Director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School, where she was the first African-American woman to be tenured. She has also founded a boutique law and consulting firm, Jackson Johnson LLC, which provides a wide range of assistance to entertainers, entrepreneurs and early-stage startups.
Shontavia believes strongly in the power of connecting academia and the law to the broader community, and she seeks to bridge the gap wherever she goes.