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Yana S. Johnson

San Francisco

P 415-796-5430
F 415-394-9401


Yana S. Johnson is a Principal in the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She has almost 20 years of experience helping clients with employee benefits and executive compensation issues.

Ms. Johnson advises clients with regard to operational, administrative and fiduciary issues which arise under ERISA plans, Internal Revenue Code Sections 280G and 409A, managing plan audits and the resolution of plan compliance issues through both the IRS's and Department of Labor's correction programs, and the design and implementation of equity awards and executive compensation. She has extensive experience with corporate transactions, including domestic and international, public and private mergers, acquisitions, financings, asset dispositions and spin-offs, as well as handling employee benefits issues for debtors undergoing bankruptcy proceedings.

During law school, Ms. Johnson was an articles editor for the Hastings Law Journal and a member of the Order of the Coif and the Thurston Society. She also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Her undergraduate degree is in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she volunteered for Friends Outside and was a teaching assistant for Intermediate Macroeconomics. She also participated in the education abroad program at the University of Essex, England.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco, Member
  • Western Pension and Benefits Council, Member

Published Works

  • “Incentive Compensation for Financial Institutions: Balancing Business Drivers and New Regulatory Oversight,” Derivatives: Financial Products Report (October 2010) [Co-author]
  • “The Effects of Same-Sex Marriage on Employee Benefits,” Matrimonial Strategist, Vol. 27 No. 1, page 3 (2009) [Author]

Speeches and Presentations

  • How the US Supreme Court’s Opinion on DOMA Will Affect Same-Sex State and Local Taxpayer Married Couples,” Joint Fall CLE Meeting, ABA Section Of Taxation And Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Division (San Francisco, CA, September 2013) (panelist)

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June 22, 2018

Yana Johnson and Kayla Rathjen Author "Blockchain Tokens as Compensation Treated Like Equity Awards"

June 22, 2018

Yana Johnson and Kayla Rathjen author "Blockchain Tokens as Compensation Treated Like Equity Awards," published by SRHM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

May 10, 2018
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Strengthens Employee Benefits Practice with Addition of David M. Sawyer

May 10, 2018

MIAMI, FL (May 10, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce David M. Sawyer has joined the firm’s Miami office as a Principal. Mr. Sawyer, who has almost 20 years of experience advising clients on all facets of employee benefits tax matters, joins Jackson Lewis from Ogletree... Read More

May 8, 2018
The Recorder

Shannon Bettis Nakabayashi and Yana Johnson Discuss Joining Jackson Lewis

May 8, 2018

Shannon Bettis Nakabayashi and Yana Johnson discuss joining the firm from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Morrison & ​Foerster in "Jackson Lewis Lands L&E Duo to Continue Bay Area Growth," published by The Recorder.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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Blockchain Tokens as Compensation
June 20, 2018

Blockchain is a revolutionary technological tool in the way it tracks and stores data, decentralizes information, establishes trust in electronic files, and dispenses of intermediaries. This technology powers virtual currencies, also known as cryptocurrency or virtual tokens. Read More

By Yana S. Johnson and Kayla Rathjen