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Keith L. Johnson 
[T] 608-229-2231 
[F] 608-229-2100 

Admitted to the Bar

Keith L. Johnson heads the Institutional Investor Legal Services team at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.  Mr. Johnson represents pension funds and institutional investors on fiduciary, investment, securities litigation and corporate governance program matters. He is also program director of the Wisconsin International Corporate Governance Initiative at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he served as an adjunct professor of law.

Mr. Johnson has published a number of articles on pension fund and institutional investor issues. He regularly presents on fiduciary and investment topics at pension fund, legal and investor conferences in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

Representative Matters and Experience

  • Former legal counsel to the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB), the ninth largest public pension fund in the United States, for more than 21 years including almost seven as Chief Legal Officer
  • Headed SWIB's corporate governance, investment legal services and securities litigation programs and was a member of SWIB's Risk Committee
  • Regularly represents institutional investors in negotiation of investment manager and private market investment agreements 
  • Provides counsel on corporate governance, securities litigation and fiduciary duty to many of the world's largest pension funds and institutional investors

Notable Publications


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • State Bar of Texas 
  • Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF) (member)
  • Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, an international think tank of academics and finance professionals (founder and former director)
  • Council of Institutional Investors (former member of Governance Committee and Executive Board; former co-chair and current member of the International Committee)
  • Advisory Board of the Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School (member)
  • Fellow in the American College of Investment Counsel
  • National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA) (member, 2015-2016 Fiduciary Duty and Plan Governance Committee; former positions include president and Executive Board member; co-chair of the Alternative Investments Working Group; co-chair of the Securities Litigation Task Force; and co-chair of the Investment and Corporate Governance Section)
  • Stanford Institutional Investor's Forum (member of Committee on Fund Governance that developed Best Practice Principles in 2007 and Model Governance Provisions to Support Pension Fund Best Practices Principles in 2012)
  • Exide Corporation bankruptcy reorganization (chair of Shareholder Committee)
  • Cambridge Biotechnology Corporation bankruptcy reorganization (chair of Shareholder Committee)


  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison