Mr. Johnston specializes in corporate and technology transactions. He began his practice in Washington, DC, where he worked primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. He came to Atlanta in 1993 to serve as General Counsel for Hitachi Electronics USA. He also served as General Counsel and Vice President of OFS Fitel, a large manufacturer of optical fiber. As a part of his responsibilities at OFS, he was involved in transactional and regulatory issues around the globe, with a particular emphasis on emerging markets and management of a global patent portfolio.

Mr. Johnston’s practice focuses on assisting clients with a wide range of corporate and technology matters. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions in technology, broadcast, financial services and other industries. He assists high-growth companies plan for and obtain venture capital and angel funding (equity, debt and convertible notes), from negotiation of term sheets through transaction closing. His corporate practice also includes matters such as corporate reorganizations, federal and state securities compliance, corporate governance issues, and shareholder agreements. ...

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  • In-House Experience
    • General Counsel and Vice President, OFS Fitel
      (former division of Lucent)
    • General Counsel, Hitachi Electronics USA








University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1985
Brown University, M.A. Economics, 1982
University of Texas, B.B.A. with honors, 1977

Prior Law Firm Experience

Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi

Practice Areas