George Melville Johnson

Attorney George Melville Johnson has a deep-seated interest in the nuances of federal and international law. His expertise in these areas has led to an impressive record, representing individuals, federal employees and small and medium sized privately held businesses in multi-jurisdictional international litigation.

Mr. Johnson is a sought-after delegate and speaker, appearing at legal forums worldwide to address issues around international law and, employment law. Appearances include: The Oxford Roundtable, Oxford, England; The International Employment Law Conference, Kitzbuhel, Austria (2002); Lawyering in the International Market, Valle Nevado, Chile; International Distribution and Investment Law, Chile; and serving as an annual delegate to the International Bar Association: Durban (2002); San Francisco (2003); Auckland (2004); Prague (2005); Singapore (2007); Buenos Aires (2008); Madrid (2010); and Vancouver (2011). Mr. Johnson also spoke on Africa and Immigration, in a shared program with the President of the United States at the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. 75th Birthday Celebration.Mr. Johnson combines an in-depth knowledge of the specifics of international litigation with an understanding of intercultural dynamics. He has successfully negotiated against dozens of Fortune 500 companies and brought cases before the US Supreme Court. 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 international and federal arbitration, litigation and negotiation experience.

In addition to international litigation, employment law, representing federal employees and related immigration issues, Mr. Johnson’s practice expertise extends to general federal litigation and appellate law. He is a current or past member of the 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; and the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity. He is admitted to the bars of Northern and Middle U.S. District Courts in Georgia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh, Tenth and Second Circuits, D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals, Federal Court of Appeals, United States Supreme Court, Georgia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Georgia. 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. His languages include Latin and basic Spanish.

Mr. Johnson is founder, owner and principle of Melville Johnson, P.C., an Atlanta-based firm with an international and federal reputation for intelligent approaches and aggressive client advocacy. The firm has a broad range of practice areas, but places particular emphasis on international and employment law. Mr. Johnson is active is his community with a wide variety of charitable organizations, including board membership on 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 is chair of the Third Congressional District of the Democratic Party of Georgia, and sits on its governing board.

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, 1990


Successfully litigated against all federal agencies for 24 years, has brought cases before most circuit courts of appeals, as well as the United States Supreme Court on behalf of federal employees he has represented.