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Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson


Olympia - September 12, 2001 - Jack G. Johnson, chief civil attorney in the Seattle City Attorney's Office, will become the new chief of the state Attorney General's University of Washington Division, Attorney General Christine Gregoire announced today.

Johnson has worked for the city attorney's office since 1990, managing 45 lawyers and 30 support staff.

"I am very pleased to have found someone with Jack Johnson's skills and experience to manage the legal work the Attorney General's Office provides to the University of Washington," Gregoire said. "Anyone who has ever worked with Jack considers him an able manager, a consummate professional and an attorney with the highest professional standards."

Johnson received his bachelor's and law degrees from the UW and later worked as senior civil deputy in the King County Prosecutor's Office before joining the Seattle City Attorney's staff in 1990. His work for the city included oversight of the Key Tower acquisition, construction of Benaroya Hall, and the rehabilitation of Boundary Dam.

The Attorney General's UW Division provides legal representation to the University on a broad range of issues, including employment law, labor relations, student affairs, intercollegiate athletics, intellectual and property matters, health care, and real estate.

"The University of Washington is like a vibrant city in terms of the breadth of legal issues it faces," Gregoire said. "Jack's broad experience in city government is a perfect fit for this important position."