Robin B. Johansen is senior counsel with Olson Remcho. She previously co-founded the law firm of Remcho Johansen & Purcell which merged with Olson Hagel & Fishburn LLP in January 2020 to form Olson Remcho. Ms. Johansen was admitted to the California Bar in 1977 and the Bar of the District of Columbia in 1979. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois (B.A., cum laude, 1968) and Stanford Law School (J.D., 1977).
Ms. Johansen was Senior Article Editor, Stanford Law Review, Volume 29, and is the author of “The New Federalism: Toward a Principled Interpretation of the State Constitution,” 29 Stanford Law Review 297, 1977 and “Searches and Seizures on Church Premises: Weighing the Privacy Rights of Religious Bodies” in Kelley, Government Intervention in Religious Affairs II.
Ms. Johansen is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers and appears on the Northern California Super Lawyers list. She served on the Board of Directors of First Place for Youth, a statewide organization serving former foster youth and on the Board of Directors of Coro Northern California. From 1992 to 1993, she was a member of the State Citizens’ Commission on Ballot Initiatives, and in 1974, Ms. Johansen was a research assistant to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Impeachment Inquiry staff.
Ms. Johansen has represented numerous local governmental entities on a variety of public policy issues and has worked extensively on matters involving the initiative and referendum process at both the state and local levels, and on matters of redistricting. She has also represented a broad range of clients, including the California Legislature, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Controller, in public policy, school finance, and constitutional litigation in both state and federal courts.