Daily Record Staff//February 28, 2023
//February 28, 2023
A lobbyist with more than three decades of experience working with the General Assembly, executive agencies and local governments in Maryland, Michael Johansen has represented clients on issues that include health care, casino gaming, transportation and more.
He has an extensive list of clients whom he advises on state and local ethics laws, gift laws, campaign contribution compliance, election laws and lobbying rules.
Johansen is the administrative partner at Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC, a law firm established in 1989 described on its website as “the go-to firm for complex legal problems.” The law firm has offices in Annapolis, Baltimore and the Washington area, and Johansen is head of the firm’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Compliance practice.
Among his lobbying successes, Johansen lists working with horse-racing stakeholders, including the Maryland Jockey Club and Anne Arundel County to help save the state’s horse racing industry and create a public/private partnership to rebuild Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park.
Before he joined Rifkin Weiner Livingston, Johansen worked as a fiscal analyst for the state Department of Fiscal Services and on the legislative staff of the Maryland Senate’s Budget and Taxation Committee.
Johansen earned his law degree in 1989 at the University of Baltimore School of Law.
This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power Government & Lobbyist list for 2023. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at thedailyrecord.com>.