April M.Johnson


Cleveland + 1.216.586.1311

April Johnson's practice is split between traditional commercial litigation and investigations. She represents clients in investigations by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and also represents corporate clients in complex litigation involving consumer protection, torts, and breach of contract claims. April has defended claims in putative class action lawsuits, handling various aspects of pretrial procedures related to case assessment, initial fact development and investigation, research of novel and complex legal issues, dispositive motion practice, settlement negotiations, and discovery. In addition, she has experience defending claims brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), litigating these cases through pretrial pleadings and motions, overseeing litigation strategy, and negotiating settlement agreements.

April maintains a robust pro bono practice where she focuses her efforts on the Firm's Constitutional Policing and Civil Justice Reform Initiative and represents immigration asylum clients. She is also a member of the Firm's Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement Committee and a member of the Norman S. Minor Bar Association.

Prior to joining Jones Day, April served as a law clerk on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio for Judge Solomon Oliver Jr.


  • GOJO secures Ninth Circuit affirmation of PURELL® class action dismissalJones Day successfully defended on appeal a district court’s dismissal of all claims against GOJO Industries, Inc., the maker of PURELL® hand sanitizer products, in a putative class action filed in federal court in California.
  • Chamberlain University obtains Sixth Circuit affirmance dismissing breach of contract lawsuitA Jones Day cross-office team secured a significant appellate victory in the Sixth Circuit for Chamberlain University, a nursing school with campuses in 15 states and a subsidiary of Adtalem Global Education.
  • FirstEnergy reaches agreement to resolve Department of Justice investigationJones Day represented FirstEnergy Corp., an Akron, Ohio-based public utility holding company, in connection with negotiating a Deferred Prosecution Agreement ("DPA") with the DOJ to resolve the DOJ's investigation into FirstEnergy.
  • FirstEnergy officers and directors defend against claims in securities class action and related opt-out casesJones Day defends certain current and former officers and directors of FirstEnergy Corp. in a securities class action and two related opt-out actions.