Carl M. Johnson



Carl M. Johnson concentrates his practice in commercial litigation. He has represented clients in federal and state courts in matters involving business torts, partnership disputes, real estate, commercial contracts, and employment litigation.

Carl has been named to The National Black Lawyers Association's 40 Under 40 Attorneys in Illinois list for 2020. Honorees are selected on the basis of: outstanding reputation; notable achievements and court outcomes; nominations from leading lawyers; membership in national and state specialty lawyer organizations; and rankings from national organizations.

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 representing clients in a wide array of industries including healthcare, transportation, and retail.

Carl graduated from Columbia Law School 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.

Carl is a member of the Board of Directors of Reform for Illinois, a nonpartisan organization that advocates 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 with his wife, Erika.


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


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