Janell Johnson is an associate in the Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville Education practice group.

She advises educational institutions regarding compliance with state and federal standards and monitors legislative, regulatory, interpretive guidance, and other developments on a variety of federal education matters. She also advises educational institutions regarding compliance with accrediting agency standards.

Janell earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Howard University with a major in English and a minor in Secondary Education. At Howard, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After college, she taught high school English in Maryland for five years. Janell graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal, in 2014. While in law school, she also represented clients in various matters as a member of the Elder Law Clinic.

Janell joined Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville in September 2014, after working as a summer associate for the firm. She is a member of the Maryland Bar and District of Columbia Bar.

Litigation – Education
Program Reviews and IG Audits
Title IV Eligibility and Compliance

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2014
B.A., summa cum laude, Howard University, 2006


District of Columbia


Member, D.C. Women’s Bar Association, 2016-present

Member, Women in Politics Committee of the D.C. Women’s Bar Association