In 2020, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch appointed Kristi Johnson as Mississippi’s first Solicitor General for the State of Mississippi. In that role, she assists in preparing and presenting appellate cases in state and federal courts, directly handles select appeals, and facilitates involvement in amicus curiae briefs for the State of Mississippi. Before serving as the State Solicitor General, Ms. Johnson was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Mississippi where she represented the United States in affirmative and defensive civil litigation. She also was an associate at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Johnson served as a law clerk to Judge Sharion H. Aycock of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi and to Judge Leslie H. Southwick of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Johnson earned her B.A. from the University of Mississippi and her J.D., summa cum laude, from Mississippi College School of Law, where served as an editor for the Mississippi College Law Review.