Johnson will help to develop and implement the Center’s initiatives, which include offering specialized courses and training for students and creating a concentration in litigation and advocacy. She will collaborate with Jessica Haught, director of the Fitzsimmons Center, teaching professor and interim associate dean of administration.
“We are so excited to have Andrea on board as the inaugural fellow for the Fitzsimmons Center for Litigation and Advocacy,” Haught said. “Her exceptional advocacy skills and 10 years of litigation experience will assist the Center as we develop opportunities for our students to advance their litigation and advocacy training as they prepare for practice.”
Johnson earned her J.D. from WVU Law in 2010 and she clerked for Judge Victoria Roberts in the U.S. District Court in Detroit after graduation. She has practiced civil rights and employment law at global and regional law firms in Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She most recently worked as an attorney in the Pittsburgh office of Olgetree Deakins.
Johnson earned her B.A. in Business Management from Marshall University.
The Fitzsimmons Center for Litigation and Advocacy was established in 2020 with the goal of enhancing and expanding the litigation and advocacy curriculum at WVU Law. It aims to provide increased opportunities for students to hone essential lawyering skills while translating that knowledge into effective written and oral advocacy during the litigation process.
The Center is funded by a multi-year $1.25 million gift from the Fitzsimmons Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Fitzsimmons Law Firm.