Mark Johnson, Attorney At Law

Mark Johnson, Attorney At Law

Mark Johnson has represented business clients since 1980 in Cobb, Cherokee and Douglas counties, in both litigation and in transactions. An AV rated lawyer, he prides himself on offering prompt, competent, caring, and cost-effective legal services.

Firm Overview

What We Do

With a background in both law and business, Cobb County business attorney Mark Johnson who has an MBA in Finance and a Master of Laws in Taxation knows how to advise you about a broad range of business matters.

Mark Johnson has practiced law in the metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, Cobb County area for more than thirty five years, offering the broad range of legal services today's demanding business environment requires.

Delivering personal attention to his clients at cost-effective rates, Marietta business lawyer Mark Johnson provides comprehensive legal services to entrepreneurs, closely-held businesses and their owners, their families and key personnel in areas including:

Business transactions and litigation
Closely held business law
Business formation including choice of entity
Business operations including succession planning
Mediation cost-effective, cooperative approach
Business taxation planning
Intellectual property non-compete agreements, trade secrets
Trusts and estates/wills and probate
Real estate regulatory approvals, contractual issues, commercial real estate
Entrepreneurial business law
Surrogacy/ART (Assisted Reproductive Treatment)

What makes Mark Johnson unique?

Mark emphasizes a common-sense approach to both business and legal issues. He stands out among business law attorneys in Marietta because, with an MBA in Finance and a Master of Laws in Taxation, he understands your business issues as well as the tax implications. With more than three decades of business litigation experience in the courtroom and in negotiations, and having provided in-house representation of multi-billion-dollar investment and opportunity funds, he has probably encountered your particular legal problem before.

His unique experience, from working both in private practice and in-house, imparts a case perspective from both the client's and the attorney's eyes. And since Mark Johnson drafts transactional documents as well as litigating, he does not suffer from the typical Silo Syndrome among lawyers where they are unaware of how drafted clauses in documents play out before judges and juries.

Whether businesses and owners need advice routinely or on an occasional basis, they can expect timely legal counsel. Mark Johnson strives to give candid, realistic advice and representation to his clients, always keeping an eye on their bottom lines.
Main Office
Main Office
136 North Fairground Street
Marietta  GA  30060
Phone
  • (678) 224-6258
Fax
  • (678) 264-2274
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
I often confer with prospective clients without charge, while the client determines whether I am the lawyer for them.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
I offer certain services for fixed fees. Furthermore, after consultation with clients, I can often put ranges or caps on lawyer's fees for clients with novel situations.
Hourly Rates
Vary, based on complexity and novelty of clients' required legal services.
Business
A lawyer with more than 35 years of experience minding your business in Cobb, Cherokee, and Douglas counties
Mark Johnson has practiced law in the metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, Cobb County area for more than thirty five years, offering the broad range of legal services today's demanding business environment requires.

Delivering personal attention to his clients at cost-effective rates, Marietta business lawyer Mark Johnson provides comprehensive legal services to entrepreneurs, closely-held businesses and their owners, their families and key personnel in areas including:

Business transactions and litigation
Closely held business law
Business formation including choice of entity
Business operations including succession planning
Mediation cost-effective, cooperative approach
Business taxation planning
Intellectual property non-compete agreements, trade secrets
Trusts and estates/wills and probate
Real estate regulatory approvals, contractual issues, commercial real estate
Entrepreneurial business law


What makes Mark Johnson unique?

Mark emphasizes a common-sense approach to both business and legal issues. He stands out among business law attorneys in Marietta because, with an MBA in Finance and a Master of Laws in Taxation, he understands your business issues as well as the tax implications. With more than three decades of business litigation experience in the courtroom and in negotiations, and having provided in-house representation of multi-billion-dollar investment and opportunity funds, he has probably encountered your particular legal problem before.

His unique experience, from working both in private practice and in-house, imparts a case perspective from both the client's and the attorney's eyes. And since Mark Johnson drafts transactional documents as well as litigating, he does not suffer from the typical Silo Syndrome among lawyers where they are unaware of how drafted clauses in documents play out before judges and juries.

Whether businesses and owners need advice routinely or on an occasional basis, they can expect timely legal counsel. Mark Johnson strives to give candid, realistic advice and representation to his clients, always keeping an eye on their bottom lines.

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What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

My business law firm is founded on the principle of providing high quality legal representation that is client-centered, intellectually innovative and solution-oriented.

Lawyers can be either "Deal Breakers" or "Deal Makers."

Deal Breakers find every negative in a potential deal and don't weigh their relative risks.

Deal Breakers inject themselves in the process, rewrite every comma, and bog the process down.

Deal Makers realize that time kills deals. They also understand that their job is to triage the risks, explain them to their client, implement their client's decision, and then get out of the way.

I pledge to promptly address your legal needs, and then be available for any follow up requests you might have.

In today's economy, clients rightfully demand value.

Many business lawyers have penthouse offices with antiques, marble foyers and a host of receptionists. Plush surroundings for the lawyers. I have been there.

The client is often met by its "team" of lawyersa litigation partner, a transactional partner, a senior associate, a junior associate fresh out of law school, and another lawyer called in on a securities or a real estate question. This "staffing up" is a key to the economics of law practice which clients customarily encounter.

Effective? Probably, but at what price? When I was with an investment fund with billions of dollars in assets, such costs were expected as part of the "administrative carry."

But the harsh realities of today's business environment demand otherwise.

Most entrepreneurs, closely-held business owners, and larger businesses with an eye on the bottom line, realize that the goal is to net something--after attorneys' fees.

Modern technologies have leveled the playing field, and quality legal representation is available, without the host of personnel required when I first started practicing law. Legal research is now available on-line, standardized and archived legal forms are instantly available, and correspondence arrives in a matter of seconds rather than days.

As a consequence, I commit to apply the efforts and the hours necessary to the task at hand, and the overhead that is required to get your job donenot to indulge my creature comforts or to bankroll a bloated legal entourage on your bill.

My goal is to navigate you through the legal minefield and then step backas you strive to realize your potential in your chosen field, about which you know far more than any micro managing lawyer does.

Mark A. Johnson


LEGAL EXPERIENCE

2008-Present: Mark A. Johnson, PC. Emphasizing civil and commercial practice, including litigation and transactions.

2003-2008: Corporate Holdings, LLC ("Holdings"), General Counsel, and Williams Realty Advisors, LLC ("Advisors"), Legal Counsel. Holdings managed a high net worth individual's investments, international transactions and philanthropy. Advisors managed real estate development and acquisition funds with $3 billion in assets.
Atlanta, Georgia

Responsibilities included entity formation and operation, real estate acquisition and development, government approvals, title issues, coordination with outside transactional and litigation counsel, documents drafting, coordination among entities, due diligence and fund investment analysis, investor and lender relations, maritime, and personnel issues.

2001-2003: Mark A. Johnson, P.C.
Marietta, Georgia

1980-2001: Dupree, Johnson, Poole & King
Marietta, Georgia

Transactional and commercial practice, entity formation and operation, commercial litigation, condemnation, licensing and governmental approvals, construction, development, zoning and land use, environmental, intellectual property, appellate practice, estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, and reproductive law.

EDUCATION

Mediation Training--Henning Mediation and Arbitration Service, Civil Mediation Training, 2008 Neutral Registration, Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, No. 5984

LLM (Master of Laws in Taxation), Emory University School of Law, 1987

MBA (Finance) University of Georgia School of Business, 1980, Sigma Iota Epsilon Business Honorary

JD University of Georgia School of Law, 1979

BA (Journalism) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1976, Phi Beta Kappa, Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll, 1974 and 1975

Mark Johnson

Mark A. Johnson was born in Brunswick, Georgia in 1954 and lives in Marietta, Georgia where he attends First United Methodist Church of Marietta.

Attorney Mark Johnson enjoys running, gardening, cooking and judging barbecue. Mark is a Memphis Barbecue Network (MBN) certified judge and has judged barbecue competitions across the state of Georgia.

Professional experience

2008 to present

Mark A. Johnson, PC. Civil and commercial practice, including litigation and transactions.

2003 to 2008

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Corporate Holdings, LLC ("Holdings"), General Counsel, and Williams Realty Advisors, LLC ("Advisors"), Legal Counsel. Atlanta, Georgia. Holdings managed a high-net-worth individual's investments, international transactions and philanthropy, including endowment of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Advisors managed real estate development and acquisition funds with $3 billion in assets. Responsibilities included entity formation and operation, real estate acquisition and development, government approvals, title issues, coordination with outside transactional and litigation counsel, documents drafting, coordination among entities, due diligence and fund investment analysis, investor and lender relations, and maritime and personnel issues.

2001 to 2003

Mark A. Johnson, PC, Marietta, Georgia.

1980 to 2001

Dupree, Johnson, Poole & King, Marietta, Georgia. Transactional and commercial practice, entity formation and operation, commercial litigation, condemnation, licensing and governmental approvals, construction, development, zoning and land use, environmental law, intellectual property, appellate practice, estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, and reproductive law.

Practice areas

Litigation
Business litigation
Commercial and contract disputes
Interference with contracts
Shareholder and partnership disputes
Financial transactions
Development and construction disputes
Real estate disputes
Fraud and fiduciary breach
Equitable claims
Torts
Condemnation/eminent domain
Zoning
Regulatory violations
Non-competition, non-disclosure and non-solicitation agreements

Admitted
Georgia, 1979

Education
LL.M., Taxation, Emory University School of Law, 1987

M.B.A., Finance, University of Georgia School of Business, 1980
Sigma Iota Epsilon Business Honorary
Graduate Assistant

J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, 1979

B.A., Journalism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1976
Phi Beta Kappa
Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honorary
NCAA Division 1 Soccer
Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll, 1974 and 1975
Beta Theta Pi

Mediation training
Henning Mediation and Arbitration Service, Civil Mediation Training, 2008
Neutral Registration, Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, No. 5984

Professional associations
President, Business Law and Litigation Section, Cobb County Bar Association, 2014-15
Cobb County Bar Association Board of Trustees, 2015-2017
Cobb County Bar Historian 2017
Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation, Inc., pro bono attorney, 2015 to present
Bravo Victor Fund, Ltd., 501(c)(3) funding entity for Cobb Veterans Court, pro bono attorney, 2015-2016
The Georgia Charter Educational Foundation Governing Board, Director, 2013 to Present
Marietta Lawyers Club
Leadership Cobb, 1992
Coverdell Leadership Institute, 1999
Hospital Authority of Cobb County, 1995 2000
Wellstar Regional Health Board, 1995 2001
Cobb County Ordinance Review Committee, 1993 1995
Marietta Metro Rotary, 1984 2013; Paul Harris Fellow
Georgia Ducks Unlimited Area Chairman of the Year, 1988
Georgia Bar, 1979 present
Georgia Younger Lawyer's Continuing Legal Education Bridge the Gap Committee, 1983 1985

Honors
Georgia's Legal Leaders 2012
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Georgia Super Lawyer, James Magazine/Insider Advantage

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