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  08/29/19
This guy was my classmate at Penn Law. I liked him, and I'm...
napoleone
  08/29/19
Municipal finance at Locke Lord in Dallas is hardly killing ...
Risten
  08/29/19
It rolls pretty deep in Dallas
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  09/11/19
I have a feeling he’ll eek out eight figures a year gi...
Id prefer not to
  09/11/19
He will recuse himself from any potential conflicts duh! If ...
wait till biggus dickus hears of this
  09/11/19
What’s his moniker
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  08/29/19
Eric is a good dude.
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Blacks will soon be in charge of every major city.
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Date: August 29th, 2019 5:50 PM
Author: Risten

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2019/08/26/dallas-mayor-secures-new-job-as-partner-at-major-law-firm-locke-lord/

Dallas mayor secures new job as partner at major law firm Locke Lord

Eric Johnson is Dallas' newly elected mayor and, officially as of Monday, a partner at one of the largest law firms in the city he leads.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson listens during a City Council briefing on the Dallas Police Department staffing study on Monday, August 26, 2019.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson listens during a City Council briefing on the Dallas Police Department staffing study on Monday, August 26, 2019.(Shaban Athuman / Staff Photographer)

By Hayat Norimine

5:25 PM on Aug 26, 2019

Eric Johnson is Dallas' newly elected mayor and, officially as of Monday, a partner at one of the largest law firms in the city he leads.

Locke Lord on Monday announced Johnson as a new partner at its Dallas office. The firm's deputy managing partner Whit Roberts said Johnson's background in public finance will make him "invaluable" to the firm.

In an interview with The Dallas Morning News on Monday afternoon, Roberts said Johnson will work as a bond lawyer and have his own office at its location at the Chase Tower on Ross Avenue, one mile from City Hall. Locke Lord declined to say what his salary or work hours will be.

In Locke Lord's press release, Johnson said his mayoral duties "will always come first," but that he wants to continue to practice law. He will abide by the city's ethics code, he said, and consulted the city attorney's office before taking the job.

"The mayor has said that his service to the residents of Dallas comes first, and we fully understand that," Roberts said. "I'm thrilled that he's joining the firm. ... It's a step that makes Locke Lord stronger and it'll serve our clients as a result."

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson says he has practiced public finance law for 15 years.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson says he has practiced public finance law for 15 years. (Shaban Athuman / Staff Photographer)

In a statement to The Dallas Morning News, Johnson said he has practiced public finance law for 15 years. He previously worked at national bond counsel Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, which had clients that included the city. He said he decided to leave his practice in February amid a mayoral campaign because the firm had a "direct conflict of interest with the city."

"Today I joined one that does not," Johnson said.

Roberts said both the firm and Johnson are focused on maintaining their reputations and ethics at the city. Julie Gilbert, chief marketing officer at Locke Lord, said the firm employs a full staff to ensure no conflicts of interest and has also taken "extra steps" with Johnson on board.

Johnson started off his administration with an inaugural address that promised civility and ethics under his leadership. The newly elected mayor said he would rewrite the city's ethics rules to "permanently" end corruption and call for better accountability for the city's elected officials.

Locke Lord is one of the largest law firms in the country and includes a variety of counsel focused on public finance. The practice represents clients that include the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, the city's Employee Retirement Fund and the North Texas Tollway Authority.

Johnson is not the first public official to have also held a position in public finance law.

State Sen. Royce West, who is running for Congress against U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, continued to work in public finance litigation while he held office representing Dallas' 23rd District. Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, whose term ended in 2001, also continued to practice law in public finance and public policy during his administration.

In 2014, the Dallas City Council approved raises for the council and mayor. Johnson is the first Dallas mayor to take home an annual $80,000 salary. He will not have a share in the firm's equity, Gilbert said.

Dallas City Council member Jaime Resendez said while he didn't know the details of Johnson's role, he understands officials' need to take on extra jobs to make a living.

Council members Jennifer Staubach Gates and Lee Kleinman said Johnson was careful to have left his previous law firm because of its business with the city.

"I'm confident if there are ever any conflict issues, he would recuse himself from any of those," Kleinman said.

Hayat Norimine

hayat.norimine@dallasnews.com @hayatnorimine



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Date: August 29th, 2019 6:17 PM
Author: napoleone

This guy was my classmate at Penn Law. I liked him, and I'm glad he's done well.

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Date: August 29th, 2019 6:18 PM
Author: Risten

Municipal finance at Locke Lord in Dallas is hardly killing it

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Date: September 11th, 2019 11:44 AM
Author: Morbidly Obese Sex Robot

It rolls pretty deep in Dallas

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Date: September 11th, 2019 11:56 AM
Author: Id prefer not to

I have a feeling he’ll eek out eight figures a year given the conflicts of interest he will exploit to his advantage.

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Date: September 11th, 2019 12:01 PM
Author: wait till biggus dickus hears of this

He will recuse himself from any potential conflicts duh! If anything being mayor is a NEGATIVE to his law practice because it means he can't spend the same time working on bond deals as a hungry young go-getter from a different firm

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Date: August 29th, 2019 6:54 PM
Author: \"\"\"\"\'\'\'\"\"\'

What’s his moniker

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Date: September 11th, 2019 10:23 AM
Author: \'\'\'\'\"\'\"\'\'\"\'\'\'


Eric is a good dude.

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Date: August 29th, 2019 6:10 PM
Author: \"\"\"\"\'\'\'\"\"\'

Colt outted

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Date: August 29th, 2019 6:12 PM
Author: Risten



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Date: August 29th, 2019 7:21 PM
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Date: August 29th, 2019 7:39 PM
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Date: August 29th, 2019 7:43 PM
Author: bobby b birdshit

Blacks will soon be in charge of every major city.

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