University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D. (2003)
Clemson University, B.A. in English, magna cum laude (2000)
Editorial Staff Member, University of South Carolina, 2001-2002, South Carolina Law Review.
Associate Student Works Editor, University of South Carolina, 2002-2003, South Carolina Law Review.
Recognized in 2012 and 2013 as a “Georgia Rising Star” in business litigation by Georgia Super Lawyers. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Georgia are named to the list, which recognizes the best attorneys under age 40.
State Bar of Georgia
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States Northern District of Georgia
United States Middle District of Georgia
Georgia Supreme Court
Georgia Court of Appeals
Ms. Johnson focuses her practice on commercial litigation. She has litigated numerous complex matters, involving issues such as trade secret misappropriation, restrictive covenants, computer fraud and theft, securities fraud, franchisor/franchisee disputes, breach of contract, fraud/misrepresentation, construction defects, landlord/tenant disputes, and breach of warranty.
Ms. Johnson also has experience litigating a variety of labor and employment issues, including wage and hour claims, wrongful termination, and restrictive covenants. Ms. Johnson has represented employers before state and federal administrative agencies. Ms. Johnson has represented clients in the state and federal trial courts in Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, and other state and federal courts throughout the country.
- Franchise litigation, including breach of contract, trademark infringement, and unfair competition
- Contract litigation
- Restrictive covenants (non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure)
- Independent contractor issues
- Unfair competition, trade secrets, commercial theft, and intellectual property litigation
- Construction defects
- Eminent Domain
- Quiet-title actions
- Tortious interference with contract and business relationships
- Deceptive and unfair trade practices
- Fraud and misrepresentation
- Securities fraud
- Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases
- State and federal computer fraud and computer theft statutes, and computer forensic investigations
Significant Cases/Representative Experience
Extensive experience with litigation of commercial lease disputes, including dispossessory actions, disputes regarding defaults, co-tenancy issues, exclusivity rights, and bankruptcy issues.
- Represented clients in the defense and prosecution of trade secret and copyright infringement claims.
- Represented clients in prosecution of fraud and RICO cases and secured injunctive relief and favorable summary judgment ruling in case involving forgery of loan documents in connection with a commercial contract.
- Represented clients in employment matters involving non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disparagement, and confidentiality agreements.
- Previously practiced at the Atlanta law firm of Hartman Simons & Wood, LLP focusing on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on real estate matters.
- Georgia Association for Women Lawyers; Leadership Committee Member; Chair of the In-Town Mentoring Circle
- October 2015
- October 2015
- October 2015
- September 2015
- Citybizlist Atlanta, January 2015
- Atlanta-based Chamberlain Hrdlicka Attorneys Recognized as 2013 Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising StarsExperienced and Up-and-Coming Lawyers Receive Prominent Peer RecognitionMay 2013
Articles & Publications
- Author, "Protection in Contract Language - Rising Materials Costs", ForConstructionPros.com, November 8, 2016
- Author, "How to Maximize Your Leverage While Leasing", Restaurant Hospitality, August 1, 2016
- Author, "Why Construction Contracts Need to Define 'Substantial Completion'," ForConstructionPros.com, May 26, 2016
- Co-Author, "Many Franchise Agreements Are Drafted to Provide the Franchisor a Unilateral Right to Purchase a Franchise,” Franchising Today, May 18, 2016
- Author, "A Practical Guide to Avoiding Pitfalls in Drafting Arbitration Provisions," InsideCounsel, April 21, 2016.
- Co-Author, "Franchise Agreements: 5 Points to Consider Before Signing," Restaurant Hospitality, February 21, 2016.
- How Enforceable Is Your Construction Arbitration Provision, ForConstructionPros.com, February 17, 2016.
Is Substantial Compliance With a Contractual Notice Provision in Construction Contracts Good Enough?, ForConstructionPros.com, August, 20, 2015.
- A New Way of Arbitration, Construction Today, June 16, 2015.
- Problematic Lease Provisions: The Top Three Offenders, Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy, March 4, 2015.
Issues for Hotel Operator Tenants When Negotiating Leases, Hotel Online, February, 24, 2015.
What to Know When Negotiating a Restaurant Lease, Restaurant Hospitality, February, 12, 2015.
Important Provisions in Construction Contracts – Part 2, ForConstructionPros.com, February 16, 2015.
Tenant Build-out and Operating Expense Lease Provisions Can Pose Problems for Landlords, FacilitiesNet.com, February 2015
Important Provisions in Construction Contracts – Part 1, ForConstructionPros.com, December 8, 2014.
Insurance Tips for the Busy Construction Professional: Part 2 – Common Policy Exclusions and How to Avoid Gaps in Coverage, ForConstructionPros.com, October 13, 2014.
- Insurance Tips for the Busy Construction Professional: Part 1 – Common Types of Coverage and Selecting a Carrier, ForConstructionPros.com, August 14, 2014.
- New AAA Rules Call Into Question Finality of Arbitration Awards, ForConstructionPros.com, June 12, 2014.
- A Decision Without a Solution: Ferguson v. City of Charleston, 53 S.C.L.Rev. 717, Spring 2002
- Georgia Supreme Court Severely Limits Landlords' Recovery of Attorney Fees in Georgia - Part 1, Retail Law Strategist, August 2008 (Volume 8, Issue 8)
- Georgia Supreme Court Severely Limits Landlords' Recovery of Attorney Fees in Georgia - Part 2, Retail Law Strategist, September 2008 (Volume 8, Issue 9)