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Ronald M. Johnson (Ron)
Of Counsel


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  • University of Kansas (J.D. 1976; B.A. 1973)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, Kansas, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Government Service

  • Staff Counsel, U.S. Senate Commerce Committee and legislative assistant to former Senator James Pearson, ranking Republican member of the Senate Commerce Committee

Ron Johnson concentrates on labor and employment litigation and related regulatory matters for employers covered by the Railway Labor Act. His clients are principally in the railroad industry, including Class I, regional and short line, and commuter railroads. Ron has represented RLA employers in federal court litigation, complex arbitrations, collective bargaining, representation matters before the National Mediation Board, safety issues before the Federal Railroad Administration, legislation affecting railroads, and whistleblower complaints under the Federal Rail Safety Act for more than 30 years. He also has advised railroad clients on labor and labor protection issues under the Interstate Commerce Act, Federal Transit Act (13(c)), and collective bargaining agreements relating to corporate transactions. While serving as a staff counsel with the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, he worked on legislative matters involving railroads, motor carriers, and natural gas pipelines and producers.

Ron has extensive experience advising on labor issues and strategies relating to railroad transactions including mergers and acquisitions, line sales and leases, abandonments, and public private partnerships for infrastructure projects.

Ron has represented employers in federal court litigation and agency proceedings, including those before the Surface Transportation Board (formerly ICC), DOT, OSHA, the National Mediation Board, and the NLRB. He has argued dozens of federal appellate matters for railroads, including a case before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the railroad industry.

Ron is a senior editor of BNA's The Railway Labor Act Treatise.

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