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, non-compete agreements, real estate, commercial contracts, and employment litigation.

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 the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a nonpartisan organization which 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 fiancé, Erika.


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


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