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Brian Clay Johnson

Brian Clay Johnson

also known as Brian C. Johnson, Brian Johnson

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Divorce & Separation, Car Accidents, Appeals

About Me

West Tennessee Criminal Defense & Family Law-Former Assistant District Attorney Ready to Fight!

Brian was born in Jackson, Tennessee and raised in nearby Darden. He attended Pin Oak Elementary School, Lexington High School, and graduated from Riverside High School in Decatur County. Brian, his wife Hayley, and their son Zach currently live in Darden.

In Spring 2000, Brian graduated from Union University, cum laude, in Jackson, Tennessee, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History and Political Science. As a student at Union, Brian was invited and joined Phi Alpa Theta (a History academic fraternity open only to the top 10% of juniors and seniors), he received the Political Science Minor Award, he placed 2nd in the University wide History Essay Competition, and participated in distance education while he represented Union as an intern and later as a an Assistant Research Analyst for the Senate Judiciary Committee of the Tennessee General Assembly.

In Fall 2000, Brian began law school at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law where he graduated with a Juris Doctorate in Spring 2003. While a law student, Brian received the Best Interoffice Memorandum Award, placed 2nd in the Advanced Moot Court Competition, and was a member of the law school’s National Mock Trial Team (defeating teams from Vanderbilt and Samford) coached by Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft. Also while in law school, Brian joined Second Presbyterian Church (EPC) where he worshiped and served as an usher.

Brian was admitted to the bar in Fall 2003. He immediately began practicing as an Assistant District Attorney in Coffee County, Tennessee. It was during this time that he met his wife, Hayley, also an attorney. After a courtship, Brian and Hayley were married in March 2006, at Zion Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Columbia, Tennessee. Brian has also served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office in Nashville, a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee – Northeastern Division (prosecuting gun & drug crimes under the Project Safe Neighborhoods program), and has been in private practice for the past five years during which time he has represented men, women, and children in a variety of legal matters.

Brian, Hayley, and Zach are inactive members of Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Nashville as they search for a church home in Jackson. Brian is a Master Mason, Free & Accepted Masons of Tennessee.  


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    13 years, 500 cases
  2. Divorce & Separation: 30%
    6 years, 50 cases
  3. Car Accidents: 20%
    5 years, 5 cases
  4. Appeals: 10%
    8 years, 140 cases



Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (45 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

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    Brian is an amazing attorney. Many times Brian's performance in and out of the courtroom was beyond my comprehension at the time, but it always produced results that were satisfactory to the client. I believe he is a great attorney that will always serve his client to a satisfactory level.


    Joel Bellis Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Hardee, Martin, Donahoe, Owens & Wright, P.A.

213 East Lafayette Street
Jackson, TN, 38301



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certificate of Completion - Lawyer to Lawyer Mentor TrainingTennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization2014
Semi-Final Competitor TeamNational Mock Trial Competition2003
Runner-Up in Advanced Moot Court CompetitionMoot Court Board2002
Best Interoffice MemorandumDean Donald Polden2000

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Associate AttorneyHardee, Martin, Donahoe, Owens & Wright, P.A.2014 - Present
Attorney GeneralJohnson & Johnson, Attorneys at Law2012 - 2014
AttorneyThe Johnson Law Firm2008 - 2012
Special Assistant United States AttorneyUnited States Attorney's Office - Eastern District of Tennessee2007 - 2008
Assistant Attorney GeneralTennessee Attorney General's Office2004 - 2007
Assistant District AttorneyDistrict Attorney General's Office - 14th Judicial District of Tennessee2003 - 2004

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Jackson-Madison County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Henderson County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Gibson County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Christian Legal SocietyMember2014 - Present
West Tennessee Historical SocietyMember2014 - Present
Free & Accepted MasonsMaster Mason2012 - Present
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2011 - Present
Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA)Member2005 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Jermaine C. Jordan v. State of TennesseePetitioner Jordan was denied habeas corpus relief

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
UNIV MEMPHISLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Union UniversityHistoryBS - Bachelor of Science2000