Carl M. Johnson



Carl M. Johnson concentrates his practice in commercial litigation.

Carl graduated from Columbia Law School, New York, New York, in 2014, where he was a founding member of the Columbia Law School Writing Center and a member of the Environmental Law Clinic.  During law school, Carl served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Deborah A. Batts of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the Honorable Michael B. Hyman of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Chancery Division.

Before joining Novack and Macey, Carl served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago Law Department, where he represented the City in a variety of federal employment law disputes.  He also worked at a litigation boutique in Chicago.

Carl is a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a nonprofit which engages the public as a nonpartisan advocate for effective, transparent, and accountable government.  In 2016, Carl was a Deputy Voter Protection Director for the Democratic Coordinated Campaign in Wisconsin.  He currently lives in Chicago.


  • Yale University (B.A. 2010), Distinction in Sociology
  • Columbia Law School (J.D. 2014) 


Speeches & Publications

Co-author with Judge Michael B. Hyman, "Money in Judicial Elections: A Call for Expanded Disclosure," Illinois Lawyer Now Quarterly 10 (Fall 2012).