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Katherine Johnson

General Counsel and Senior Vice President, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®


Katherine “Katie” Johnson is the general counsel and senior vice president for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, the nation’s largest professional association, representing approximately one million members involved in all aspects of the real estate industry.

Katie joined NAR in 2007 and was appointed as general counsel in 2014. As general counsel, she is responsible for assuring that the programs, policies and activities of NAR are in compliance with the law.  She also is responsible for strategically defending the Association against legal challenges and initiating litigation to protect and preserve association assets and policies as necessary. Her team creates a number of valuable risk management resources for associations and real estate professionals including the Window to the Law monthly video series and was recognized by the World Trademark Review as the 2017 Not-for- profit Organization Team of the Year.


Katie earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in New York City and her Masters of Law in Information Technology and Privacy Law from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.