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Jill R. Johnson

Senior Counsel

Practice Areas


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.

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Georgia

Court Admissions

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.

Practice Areas

  • 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.

Professional Affiliations

  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers; Leadership Committee Member; Chair of the In-Town Mentoring Circle



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