George Melville Johnson
Senior Partner / Founder
George Melville Johnson has a deep-seated interest in the nuances of federal employment law. Mr. Johnson began his legal career at the FDIC in 1986. His expertise in this area has led to an impressive record, representing federal employees for almost 30 years. During his career, Mr. Johnson has successfully litigated wtih and negotiated against dozens of federal agencies. Mr. Johnson oversees the Firm. We litigate EEOC Cases, MSPB Cases, OSC Cases, and OPM Cases on a daily basis. He has brought cases before the United States Supreme Court and most federal courts of appeals. Known for his well-reasoned arguments, he delights in turning employment problems into capital opportunities for our clients. 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, The McCallie School, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, 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, Mr. Johnson 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.

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,
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
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

Annual Delegate Roles

International Bar Association:

  • Durban (2002)
  • San Francisco (2003)
  • Auckland (2004)
  • Prague (2005)
  • Singapore (2007)
  • Buenos Aires (2008)
  • Madrid (2010)
  • Vancouver (2011)
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If you're a federal employee and feel you've been the victim of unlawful discrimination involving MSPB claims or EEO claims, our experienced federal employment attorneys stand ready to fight on your behalf. Give us a call today at (404) 724-0000 or fill out the form below and we'll be sure to follow up in a timely manner.
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“I really appreciate how much Melville Johnson cared about my case. From the very beginning of the process, their federal employee attorneys were friendly and very informative. We won the case, and they were even helpful afterwards, answering any questions or concerns. Thank you Melville Johnson, and I will definitely pass your good work along to others in need.”
- Jim R.
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- Sandra B.
“The consummate professionals at Melville Johnson work closely with you to ensure your rights are being protected. As a current federal employee, I found myself in a situation where the job I was asked to do didn’t match the position description for which I was hired nor the compensation I deserved. With the firm’s help, I was able to obtain back pay and transfer into a position that matched the job I was performing."
- L.M.