Mark Johnson

Adjunct Faculty
Primary office:

Mark Johnson has been a partner in Dentons US LLP since 1994, when he helped found Dentons' Kansas City office. Prior to that he had been at Spencer Fane Britt & Browne since 1980, first as an associate and then as a partner. His practice is concentrated in the areas of communications, First Amendment and employment relations. He has been listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 1995 and has been selected by that publication in three areas: First Amendment, Public Utility and Energy. He is also listed in the Employment Law section of Chambers USA. In addition to teaching in the Law School, Mark teaches undergraduate courses on the First Amendment and privacy in KU's Journalism School and a freshman seminar in KU's Honors Program.

Courses Taught:
  • Elections and Campaign Finance
  • First Amendment



J.D. Harvard, 1980; B.A. Yale, 1977.


Kansas, Missouri, U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court.


Board member, ACLU of Kansas
Board chair, University Daily Kansan
Kansas City Representative, Association of Yale Alumni.

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