Karin Johnson represents business owners and management in all types of employment litigation brought by current and former employees. She routinely leads the defense of claims alleging wrongful discharge, harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Karin also represents employers seeking to enforce the non-compete and trade secret provisions of their employment contracts.

Employment Litigation

Karin manages litigation ranging from single plaintiff to complex, and regularly appears in court and tries cases. She effectively represents clients at trial, advocates for summary judgment, defends successful rulings on appeal, and has obtained dismissals and no probable cause findings on administrative charges filed with local, state and federal administrative agencies.

Employment Counseling and Personnel Investigations

Karin also offers pre-litigation advice, effectively teaming with clients to meet business objectives while minimizing risk. In addition, Karin leads personnel investigations, including on complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa


Drake University Law School
J.D. with high honors (2004)

Luther College
B.A. magna cum laude (2001)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association Employment and Professional Responsibility Committee

Civic Activities

  • United Way of Central Iowa — Education Leadership Initiative
  • Chrysalis Foundation — Board Member

Firm Leadership

  • Faegre Baker Daniels’ Iowa office — Legal Personnel Partner
  • Faegre Baker Daniels Women's Forum for Achievement — Chair Emeritus, March 2018-present; Chair, February 2015-March 2018; Leadership Council, 2012-present
  • Faegre Baker Daniels Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board


  • Great Plains Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Employment Litigation: Defense, 2013-18
  • The Best Lawyers in America — Employment Law/Management, 2015-19 (Employment Law/Management Lawyer of the Year, 2019)
  • Chambers USA: A Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers — Labor & Employment, 2016-18
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015
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