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Kathryn R. Johnson

Licensed to practice law in Iowa and Illinois, Kathryn Johnson is a civil litigation attorney with considerable experience in the areas of insurance law, workers' compensation, personal injury, and employment and labor law. She provides knowledgeable and efficient legal work with exceptional results for her clients.

Ms. Johnson works to provide thorough legal advice to address her client’s specific legal and business objectives. She emphasizes efficient representation and recognizes that a one-size-fits-all approach to legal matters does not work for all clients. In taking a client-centered approach to case management and focusing on the individual needs of a client, Ms. Johnson is able to help her clients arrive at the best possible result for their business. 

Ms. Johnson began her foray into the field of workers’ compensation in 2010 when she clerked for the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Iowa and was awarded a scholarship for her efforts from the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee. During law school, Kate studied workers’ compensation law, and earned top marks in pre-trial advocacy and international law. She was also recognized as the 2011 Student Bar Association’s Student of the Year for Drake University Law School. 

Prior to working for McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, Ms. Johnson practiced with a Midwest law firm in Iowa practicing in the areas of workers’ compensation, tort litigation, aviation law, and employment law for the past eight years. She specializes in providing legal defense services to employers and insurance carriers’ in Iowa workers’ compensation and has successfully defended her clients through all states of litigation and appeal. 

Outside of her legal practice, Ms. Johnson has also spoken at numerous workers’ compensation seminars and has served on the Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorney’s seminar committee since 2016. She further serves on the Polk County Juvenile Drug Court Board, and previously served as a Board member of the Iowa Association of Women Attorneys from 2011 through 2017. Ms. Johnson is a supporter and member of the Alliance of Women Workers’ Compensation. 

On a personal note, Ms. Johnson recognizes the vital role quality insurance plays in the lives of people. Ms. Johnson enjoys serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Bras for the Cause, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for uninsured and underinsured Iowans’ access to preventative health care and screenings for breast and cervical cancers. 

Ms. Johnson is an Iowa native and avid Hawkeye fan. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, cooks a mean spaghetti dinner, and is a better-than-average Euchre player. She lives with her husband, two children and an over-sized golden retriever in the Des Moines metro.