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Karly B. Johnson

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Johnson Karly’s scholastic interests have always been vast. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University with the intention of pursuing a career in nuclear medicine technology; however, following her graduation, she instead sought a career that allowed her to integrate her primarily math and science based education with her philosophical and creative interests. After being given an opportunity to work closely with an intellectual property attorney in patent prosecution, her interest in the law was piqued. Within a mere six months, she was accepted to and began attending The University of Akron School of Law. A few years later, Karly graduated with a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude.

During her legal studies, Karly worked in-house with general counsel at a Fortune 100 company. There, she was exposed to numerous labor and employment issues and came to realize her passion for the practice area. Consequently, she was eager to further her career in management-side labor and employment law and she joined the team at Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC.

In her role at KWW, Karly works with employers on a wide array of labor and employment matters. On a day-to-day basis, Karly advises clients to ensure statutory compliance and limit potential legal liability. She collaborates with clients to revise employee handbooks and formulate other policies. She also counsels employers on wage/hour issues, ADA and FMLA compliance, and employee discipline/discharge. Karly assists clients when charges are made, such as those arising out of employment discrimination claims. This means guiding clients through alternative dispute resolution, administrative agency, or litigation processes.


Karly is a Canfield High School graduate, and continues to reside in the Youngstown, Ohio area. As an only child, Karly remains very close to her family and shares much of her recreational time with them. In high school, Karly was a four-year letterman in golf and continues to enjoy the ever-challenging, yet still relaxing, sport. Karly also enjoys new experiences in dining and traveling, and she welcomes any suggestions or recommendations. Additionally, and often to her despair, Karly is an unwavering Cleveland sports fan, attending events whenever possible.


  • Kent State University, B.S. Radiologic Imaging Sciences, cum laude, 2012
  • The University of Akron School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2015

Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Ohio (2016)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (2016)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (2016)

Publications and Presentations

  • Up in Smoke: Employers Weed Out Their Options Regarding Ohio’s New Medical Marijuana Law, KWW Annual Client Seminar, November, 2016
  • Ohio Human Resources Manual, American Chamber of Commerce, January 2016, 2017