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 telecommunications, First Amendment, employment relations, and election law/campaign finance. 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. In addition to teaching courses on Election Law and The First Amendment in the Law School, Mark teaches undergraduate courses on the First Amendment, ethics, and privacy in KU's Journalism School and a freshman seminar on election campaigns in KU's Honors Program.

Courses Taught:
  • Elections and Campaign Finance
  • Media and the First Amendment


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


Elections and Campaign Finance, First Amendment


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


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.