Kaki J. Johnson

Contact Information

t: 504-556-5515

f: 504-310-0250


Kaki Johnson is an attorney in our Litigation Section.

Kaki’s ability to research and interpret novel and complex areas of law has made her an instrumental member of the firm’s class action litigation practice.  Kaki can articulate and provide support for cutting edge legal theories of recovery on matters of first impression within the federal courts.  She has contributed to securing numerous victories on behalf of the individuals she represents.

Kaki represents clients in a wide-range of practice areas in federal and state court, with her primary concentration in bankruptcy law and student loan debt.  She currently represents former student debtors in bankruptcy adversary proceedings, advocating for the dischargeability of certain types of consumer education debt originated and/or serviced by for-profit corporations on the basis that the debt is not for a qualified education loan or exceeds the cost of attendance.

Prior to joining Fishman Haygood, Kaki served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Kaki received her law degree magna cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2015, where she received the Warren E. Mouledoux Award for Outstanding Dedication and Service for her work as Articles Editor on the Loyola Law Review.

Kaki serves as President of the Loyola Young Alumni Pack Board of Directors and Secretary on the Executive Board of Directors for HandsOn New Orleans.  She is also a member of the St. Thomas More Inn of Court, the Federal Bar Association, and the Association of Women Attorneys.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, William L. Crowe Scholar, from Loyola University College of Law, 2015
    • Articles Editor of the Loyola Law Review
  • B.A. in Philosophy Pre-Law, magna cum laude, from Loyola University, 2011


  • Ivan L.R. Lemelle of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 2015-2016

Publications / Presentations

  • The Migration from the Rig to the Courthouse: Oil and Gas Legacy Litigation in Louisiana, 60 Loy. L. Rev. 647 (2014)
  • Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.: The Alien Tort Statute’s Presumption Against Extraterritoriality, 60 Loy. L. Rev. 171 (2014)



  • Louisiana
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit