George Melville Johnson

Senior Partner / Founder

Attorney George Melville Johnson has a deep-seated interest in the nuances of federal employment law. His expertise in this area has led to an impressive record, representing individuals, federal employees for almost 30 years. During his esteemed career, Mr. Johnson has successfully negotiated against dozens of federal agencies. He has brought cases before the US Supreme Court and most federal courts of appeals. Known for his well-reasoned arguments, he delights in turning business problems into capital opportunities. In short, Mr. Johnson combines insightful litigation strategy and ferocious trial skills with a notable depth of federal arbitration, employment problems, litigation and negotiation experience.

Educated at Repton School, England, and The McCallie School, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Mr. Johnson holds a BA from Washington & Lee University and a JD from the University of Tennessee, with additional course work at Harvard University. Beyond his extensive legal education and professional experience, it’s the personal side of Mr. Johnson’s approach that makes working with Melville Johnson such a unique and positive experience. Combining an in-depth knowledge of the specifics of federal employment litigation with an approachable and candid consulting style, George creates an environment for all of our clients that allows them to feel safe and comfortable—understanding that the circumstances of their situation can often be emotionally exhausting. As Senior Partner, Mr. Johnson also manages the team and bears ultimate responsibility for all strategy, decisions and actions that the firm takes.

Away from the office, George is involved with a wide variety of charitable organizations to remain active in his community—including board membership in Rhodes Hall, Atlanta, and the Atlanta Music Club, the parent organization of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera, the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Chorus. Mr. Johnson was also past chair of the Third Congressional District of the Democratic Party of Georgia and sat on its governing board. His languages include Latin and basic Spanish.

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
Georgia Court of Appeals
Supreme Court of Georgia, 1990
U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Claims

Speaker Appearances

  • The Oxford Roundtable, Oxford, England
  • The International Employment Law Conference,
    Kitzbuhel, Austria
  • Lawyering in the International Market, Valle
    Nevado, Chile
  • International Distribution and Investment Law,

Annual Delegate Roles

International Bar Association:

  • Durban (2002)
  • San Francisco (2003)
  • Auckland (2004)
  • Prague (2005)
  • Singapore (2007)
  • Buenos Aires (2008)
  • Madrid (2010)
  • Vancouver (2011)

Current & Past Memberships

  • Industrial Relations Research Association

  • American Bar Association

  • Atlanta Bar Association

  • International Bar Association

  • State Bar of Georgia

  • Society of Human Resources Managers

  • National Employment Law Association

  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, -Charter Member

  • Congress of Fellows

  • Center for International Legal Studies,  –Salzburg, Austria

  • Alpha Chi, Fraternity

  • Beta Theta Pi Fraternity

  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity

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