An Experienced Business Attorney Focused On Client Service
James T. Johnston Jr., LLC, located in Atlanta and serving clients throughout Georgia, strives to provide efficient and effective legal representation and counseling to businesses and financial institutions in their business activities.
The firm was founded in 1995 by attorney James T. (Jim) Johnston, Jr., after extensive experience in the business industry. Jim considers himself a lifelong learner. His academic achievements include an Associate of Arts degree from Young Harris College (1970); a B.A. in Business Administration from Oglethorpe University (1976); a Master of Professional Accountancy from Georgia State University (1977) and a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law (1985).
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A Skilled And Experienced Paralegal Team
James T. Johnston Jr., LLC would not be what it is today without the support of the paralegal team. Their input and advice is invaluable to the success of the firm. To learn more about their backgrounds and skills, read the profiles below.
Deborah J. Stemle
Deborah Stemle is a paralegal who has extensive experience in commercial lending and in civil litigation. She graduated from The University of South Florida with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982, and The National Center for Paralegal Training in 1983. Originally from Maine, Deborah was employed for nine years as a paralegal for two products liability litigation firms in Portland, and has worked at the Firm since 1998.
Karon Massey-Jones received her paralegal training at Kennesaw State University and has been employed at the Firm since 2005. Karon works on various corporate matters and handles many administrative and technical matters in the office.
The Journey From Business To Law
Prior to becoming an attorney, Jim was a certified public accountant with the international accounting firm of Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG) where he provided audit, tax and consulting services to banking, construction and manufacturing clients. He also spent three years as controller for Storehouse, Inc., a multistate furniture business, where he was responsible for all financial reporting and internal control systems for 20 retail stores, two manufacturing plants, and two product distribution centers.
A Business Lawyer Serving Clients With Transactional And Litigation Needs
Jim’s goal is to provide personalized, client-focused services to his clients for their business and estate planning needs. He handles business transactional matters and litigation cases, including:
- Corporate and finance transactions
- Commercial loan transactions (including extensive experience with government-guaranteed loans)
- Business mergers and acquisitions
- Tax-free re-organizations
- Commercial real estate sale transactions
- Private securities transactions
- Commercial litigation
- Business succession planning for corporate executives and business owners
- Estate planning and probate matters
The tax planning needs of a client are often integrated into a number of different practice areas. Jim is conversant in all of these areas and understands the relationship of one to another. On the rare occasion that tax dispute resolution is required, Jim can assist at all levels from an audit to tax court litigation.
Jim also assists clients in all aspects of taxation, including:
- Sales tax issues for multistate businesses
- Income taxes for corporations and individuals
- Estate taxes for individuals
James T. Johnston Jr. LLC serves business and financial institutions with multifaceted legal representation across multiple business law practice areas. Offering legal services ranging from transactional to litigation needs, Jim strives to provide efficient and effective legal representation applying innovative problem-solving techniques to every situation and especially to the most complex matters. He enjoys a challenge and takes great pride in keeping his clients moving onward and upward.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Today
When you hire James T. Johnston Jr., LLC, you will get a lawyer who has a depth of experience across multiple business practice areas. He provides efficient and thorough representation for your business law and estate planning needs. Call today at 770-376-3350 or send an email to schedule your free consultation.