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2019 Legal Elite | Environmental

KEITH JOHNSON

Poyner Spruill LLP | Raleigh

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Vita
56; born in Raleigh; bachelor’s from UNC Chapel Hill and law degree from University of Virginia; married with a son, a daughter and two Labradors.
Why he chose to specialize in this field
In the late ’80s, all the major federal environmental acts (Clean Water, Clean Air, Superfund) were relatively new. Environmental law was very much an emerging field with plenty of unsettled questions. It also seemed like a nice fit for someone instilled with an “outdoor ethic.”
What he’d be if not a lawyer
A fishing guide raising Labrador retrievers.
Best advice received
Anything worth doing is worth doing well — a Camp Sea Gull motto.
Favorite place
Anegada Island, the British Virgin Islands. The sail to this remote reef island is beautiful — remote flats fishing, great harbor and lobster dinner in bare feet at a beach bar.
Passions
Fishing and restoration of inshore fish stocks, golf, cycling, hot yoga, training my dogs and cooking.
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When he was 16…
Favorite books
Chesapeake by James Michener and The World According to Garp by John Irving.
TV shows
Hawaii Five-O (“Book ’em Danno!”) and All in the Family, mainly because I watched them with my grandfather.
Music
Roxy Music, Talking Heads, Fleetwood Mac and Boz Scaggs.
Hobbies
I played JV football and basketball and varsity tennis at Needham B. Broughton High School. And I went water skiing with family.

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