Sony Vice President, Associate General Counsel Shaka Johnson ’03 (JD) to Deliver 2019 Commencement Address

Sony Vice President, Associate General Counsel Shaka Johnson ’03 (JD) to Deliver 2019 Commencement Address

Shaka Johnson

SAN DIEGO (December 4, 2018) – Shaka Johnson, ’03 (JD), will address University of San Diego (USD) School of Law graduates at the law school’s 62nd commencement on Saturday, May 18. 

Shaka is currently the Vice President, Associate General Counsel for Sony Electronics, Inc. As head of the legal department, Shaka and his team are responsible for all traditional legal affairs for the Sony Electronics business in North America. Shaka was with Sony Electronics earlier in his career from 2011-2015. During that time, he served as a Director in the legal department, after being promoted from Senior Counsel.

Immediately prior to rejoining Sony Electronics in October of this year, Shaka spent three years as an Associate General Counsel at Facebook, leading the Global Sales and Marketing legal team for the company’s AR/VR group, including Oculus VR. Prior to his first role with Sony, Shaka was with SANYO North America Corporation, Gateway, Inc., and Higgs, Fletcher & Mack.

Shaka has served on the USD Law Alumni Board’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and actively participated in the group that spearheaded the San Diego County Bar and ACC Diversity Fellowship Program. He also served on the Jackie Robinson YMCA board for 10 years and previously chaired the Sony Electronics pro bono committee. Shaka earned his Juris Doctor degree from the USD School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Science from Sonoma State University. He lives in San Diego with his wife and two daughters.  

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world.  The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.  The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 29th nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


Catherine Spray