Attorney, Member of the Firm
Mark Johnson is a highly skilled privacy lawyer with over 20 years of experience in both private practice and in-house in Washington, DC. He regularly handles GDPR compliance issues, particularly for U.S. SaaS entities processing personal information of EU residents, including drafting and updating privacy policies, obtaining EU-US Privacy Shield certification, and developing internal compliance processes and policies. Mark also drafts and negotiates data processing agreements and advises clients on the new California Consumer Privacy Act, which goes into effect in 2020. His privacy clients at Outside GC include Simpli.fi, Scroll, Salsify, and Captivate.
Mark has also represented clients in the telecommunications and transportation industries for over two decades. In addition to transactional work, he advises on regulatory issues and policy matters in this space, and works closely with several federal regulatory agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Congress. For more than a decade, he has served as outside General Counsel to the OmniAir Consortium, a Washington, D.C. trade association with transportation- and telecommunications-related concerns. More generally, he has significant experience handling the creation, structuring and governance of nonprofit organizations, including 501(c)(3) charitable organizations and 501(c)(6) industry trade associations.
Prior to joining the firm, Mark was a Senior Attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm, Squire Patton Boggs, as a member in its Telecommunications and Data Privacy practice groups. Previously, Mark was Deputy General Counsel for the Intelligent Transportation Society America, a technology and transportation trade association.
Mark received his JD from the American University Washington College of Law, where he served as Executive Articles Editor of the Law Review. He is a member of the Washington, D.C. and Virginia Bars.
Mark is a fluent Spanish speaker and lived and worked in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 2006 to 2009. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Escuela Argentina, a part-time Spanish-language school in Potomac, Maryland. Mark is also very involved with kids’ soccer club, spending many weekends on the sidelines cheering on his son and daughter.