Wilentz Shareholder and Co-Chair of the Public Finance team, Everett M. Johnson, has been selected as a recipient of the annual 32nd Jazz for Justice Award for his “dedication to diversity in the legal field.” The Association of Black Law Students at Rutgers Law School-Newark conferred the award during the Jazz for Justice Award Ceremony on April 1 at the Forest Hill Field Club, Bloomfield, NJ.
Over his 21-year legal career at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, Everett Johnson ascended from a 2L summer associate in 2000 to an equity shareholder in 2011 and as the first African American member of the Wilentz Management Committee in 2018. Today, Everett is Co-Chair of the Public Finance Department, leads the firm’s Diversity Committee, and serves on its Performance and Evaluation Committee.
In 2021, Everett led a new 1L Diversity Summer Program for diverse law students, an opportunity for qualifying diverse law students, first-generation college graduates attending law school, and law students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to experience working at a large New Jersey law firm. In its second year, the program doubled in size and hosted a class of 6 law students recruited from Rutgers Law School in Newark, Seton Hall University School of Law, and Fordham University School of Law.
In his public finance practice, Everett represents municipalities, counties, improvement authorities, and boards of education throughout the State of New Jersey as bond and redevelopment counsel. On the underwriter side, Everett has represented large investment banks in significant public finance transactions.