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Michael V. Johansen is the Administrative Partner at RWL and chair of the firm’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Compliance practice.  Mike has more than 30 years of experience in lobbying, government relations and legal matters before the General Assembly, executive agencies, and local/municipal governments in Maryland.

As a registered lobbyist, he has represented clients in the areas of healthcare, healthcare financing, health reform, health certificate of need (CON), casino gaming and sports wagering, lottery, horse racing, transportation, motor vehicles, rental cars, insurance, state and local taxes, franchises, business regulation, IT/information technology, environmental regulation, procurement, state contracting, bid protests, and acquisition of public funds for private programs and projects.

Mike also advises clients on state and local ethics laws, gift laws, campaign contribution compliance, election laws and lobbying rules.

Prior to joining the firm, Mike was legislative staff to the Maryland General Assembly, the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee, and the Department of Fiscal Services.


  • Outstanding Colleague Award, Maryland Government Relations Association