E. Jewelle Johnson

Senior Counsel and Chief Employment Counsel
Graphic Packaging International, Inc.

E. JEWELLE JOHNSON is Senior Counsel and Chief Employment Counsel for Graphic Packaging International, Inc., a publicly traded company that is one of the world’s largest producers of folding cartons and coated, recycled boxboard. Jewelle is responsible for handling domestic and international labor, employment, benefits and safety-related matters impacting the company’s 13,000 employees worldwide. In addition, Jewelle serves as primary counsel for the company’s Mill Division, Secretary of the Company’s Retirement Committee and is the lead negotiator on employment-related issues impacting M&A agreements. Before joining Graphic Packaging, Jewelle was an equity partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP. Jewelle served as a founder and Co-Chair of the Fisher & Phillips Diversity Committee. She also was a member of the firm’s Recruiting Committee. A graduate of the 2016 Class of Leadership Atlanta, Jewelle has long been active in the community. Governor Nathan Deal appointed her to the State of Georgia’s Employee Benefits Plan Council and the State Personnel Board, of which Jewelle currently serves as Chair. Jewelle also serves as Chair of the National Employment Law Council’s Board Development Committee, a member of the Care and Counseling Centers of Georgia’s Board of Directors. In addition, Jewelle is a Director of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (“GABWA”) Foundation, Inc., and she served as President of the organization from 2010 through 2016. Jewelle served as President of GABWA in 2007, after having held numerous other board positions from 2001 through 2006. Jewelle’s other leadership activities have included the Georgia Supreme Court’s Commission on Access and Fairness in the Courts, the State Bar of Georgia Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession, the Atlanta Legal Aide Society’s Advisory Committee, the Fulton County Chapter of the Metropolitan Atlanta Boys and Girls Clubs, the Atlanta Business League, and the Atlanta Legal Diversity Consortium. Jewelle has received several honors and awards. In 2016, the State Bar of Georgia awarded its Commitment to Equality Award to her for working to increase diversity within the legal profession. In addition, Jewelle was listed as a Rising Star in Georgia Super Lawyers magazine in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Jewelle was selected one of “Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence” by the Atlanta Business League in 2007 and 2009, and she was listed in the 2007 “Who’s Who in Law” section of the Atlanta Business Chronicle Power Book. In 2006, Jewelle was recognized by Atlanta Woman as one of “Atlanta’s 25 Power Women to Watch” and she was featured in The Fulton County Daily Report’s annual “On the Rise” issue that same year. Jewelle earned her Juris Doctor from the Duke University School of Law in 1997 and is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, from which she received her Bachelor of Philosophy and Bachelor of Arts degrees, simultaneously.