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Carnell T Johnson

Immigration Attorney at Charlotte, NC

5.0   16 reviews
Virtual consultation available
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  • State Years
    North Carolina - NC 15 years
    New Jersey - NJ 17 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Carnell

Learn Carnell’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    65%
    Family-Based Immigration, Removal Defense, Employment-Based Immigration and Asylum

  2. Criminal defense
    35%
    Felonies and misdemeanors in District and Superior Courts in North Carolina.

DEDICATED AND HARDWORKING FOR YOUR LEGAL NEEDS. CALL 704-659-0546.

Admitted: State Bars of North Carolina and New Jersey, Western District of North Carolina, Middle District of North Carolina, Eastern District of North Carolina.

Personal: Carnell was born in Jersey City, NJ, then moved to Warren, Ohio when he attended high school.
Education: He received his Bachelor’s degree in History from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ in 2002. He later attended Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, NJ, where he graduated in 2007.

Prior to pursuing a career in law and after obtaining his undergraduate degree, Carnell worked for several years with the Law Office of William D. Manns, a general practitioner in Newark, NJ. During law school, he participated in the Special Education Law Clinic, where he represented parents of children with special needs. Carnell also worked for Thomas R. Ashley, one of best trial lawyers in the country. While working for Mr. Ashley, Carnell was exposed to an array of complex cases, including civil RICO cases involving the Long Shoreman’s Association of New York, federal racketeering cases, medical malpractice and administrative issues. This opportunity provided him with a wealth of experience that he still relies upon. After graduating from law school, he continued to work with Thomas R. Ashley and later worked with the New Jersey Attorney General.
Professional and Training: Carnell’s legal experience includes complex family based immigration, federal and state criminal cases, personal injury and small business representation. He worked with the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office in Charlotte prior to co-founding Johnson & Nicholson, PLLC.
Memberships: Carnell is member of the New Jersey State Bar, North Carolina State Bar and Mecklenburg County Bar. He is also an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association, North Carolina Advocates for Justice (formerly North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers), American Bar Association, and American Association for Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers Association), American Immigration Lawyers’ Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He is proficient in Spanish.

Awards: Carnell was named as a 2019 North Carolina Rising Super Lawyer and has been elected to the Business North Carolina 2019 Legal Elite.

Family: Carnell and Elaine met while working at the same law firm. They married in August 2007 and have a daughter. When he is not in the office, Carnell enjoys international travel and going to the beach.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
2012

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Location

Johnson & Nicholson, PLLC.
5806 Monroe Road
Suite 102
Charlotte, NC, 28212-8821
Johnson & Nicholson, PLLC
204 East McDowell Street
Morganton, NC, 28655
Johnson & Nicholson, PLLC
6650 Rivers Avenue
Immigration Only
North Charleston, SC, 29450
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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by debra | August 27, 2010
just a mom
compassionate,direct, knowledgeable,knows what hes doing and has a keen intuition of people.(thats a God given gift to me)
Posted by Ralph | May 31, 2010
An Atty. That Cares
Mr. Johnson is A caring, and hard working attorney. Im more satisfied with him than any Atty. Ive used in the past. Hopefully I'll never need another Atty. again, but if I do it will be Cornell Johnson.
Posted by Martin | October 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BEST LAWYER IN TOWN!!
Had a great experience with him, always answered my questions and handled my case with professionalism, and plus we WON MY CASE!!! Would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Immigration
Mi experiencia fuel bien horientada mi caso siempre estubo en buenas manos. Gracias abogado...!
Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Immigration-Criminal Attorney In Charlotte!!!
Atty Johnson took me from facing possible deportation to becoming a citizen!!! I’m forever grateful to him. He is profoundly excellent at being a lawyer. He put in the time necessary and made sure I got the best possible outcome for my case. Before I met him, I had been to well over 20 attorneys in Charlotte with the same issue and not one of them could come up with a coherent strategy of how to approach my case. Atty Johnson on the other hand knew just exactly how to handle my case. He left no stone unturned. He is very professional and personable. He keeps you informed every step of the way. His office staff is also very cordial. I highly recommend this attorney to ANYONE that’s in need of legal a representation pertaining to immigration and criminal matters. He is your guy! Once again, from the bottom of my heart, I sincerely thank you ( Atty Johnson) and your staff for your legal services provided to me and my family! May the Lord bless you!
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Posted by Norma | August 3, 2018
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Mrs. Cummins
So very pleased with the entire process. They keep me well informed all the time and everything went as they told me, very professional. I would definitely recommend Mr. Johnson !
Posted by Jessica | January 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Hiring an attorney isn't something that one wants to do, but when I had to, I was SO glad I chose Carnell. I felt at ease with him by my side. I would 100% recommend him!
Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2015
Great Legal Service
I found Carnell Johnson to be very professional, and easy to work with. The office staff were also very courteous and made sure to supply answers to any questions we may have had. I would highly recommend seeking his services when needed.
Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2014
Very smooth experience with very reasonable fee
I live in Canada and I had a speeding ticket while I was driving in North Carolina. I usually do not speed, but I simply did not see the speed limit sign since I was not familiar with the road. I contacted Mr. Johnson and we arranged that he represents me. The fee was reasonable and the whole process went so smoothly without complications. He saved me the hassle to travel to North Carolina to dispute the ticket and now I am satisfied with his service and his level of professionalism. Thanks for him and for Ms. Castillo (his secretary) for the smooth experience.
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Posted by Jessica | August 4, 2014
The EXCELLENCE Attorney
Mr. Johnson is amazing! He is efficient, prompt, attentive to all questions, and extremely knowledgeable. His assistant Maria has also helped make my legal matters easier to handle. I would recommend his serves to ANY friend or family member!
Posted by Jorgomai and Lovely Sowe | August 16, 2013
Awesome!!!!
Carnell Johnson is the best! He helped my husband gain his green card after 8 years of us fighting Immigration. Other lawyers backed down from the challenge but Carnell went in full force on our case. He beleived in us made us feel at ease the whole way through. Carnell Johndon is very knowledgeable of the law, very confident in his abilities to represent clients, and is always available when you need him. His whole office staff is great! From the front desk personnel to the paralegals. I would recommend this firm to anyone! All I can say is AWESOME! !!!
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Posted by Belinda | June 19, 2013
Outstanding
Attorney C.T Johnson is a polite straight forward professional who cares about his clients. He was able to explain to me the best options in preparing my case and researched all opportunities to receive the best results. I appreciate the quality of service I received from Johnson & Nicholson Law Firm and highly recommend their services.
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Posted by CAROL | May 19, 2013
SOCIAL SECURITY
ATTORNEY JOHNSON HANDLE MY SOCIAL SECURITY CLAIM. HE DID AN EXCELLENT JOB. I GOT APPROVED IN LESS THAN 90 DAYS!!!! BRAVO ATTORNEY JOHNSON ON DOING A GREAT JOB.
Posted by Oscar | February 4, 2012
Oscar Adeniji
Impeccable problem solving skills with a great team.great wisdom in dissecting issues.very attentive to your issues,extreme reasonable cost efficiency with a very efficiency, positive outcome.very loyal,and caring law firm
Posted by Martin | December 6, 2010
I lawyer that understands
I was referred to Mr. Johnson through another attorney for my speeding ticket. I must say that I was very impressed with the communication of Mr Johnson and his office. I was kept in the loop every step of the way. It is very rare to find a lawyer that will listen to your needs and advise you accordingly and ensure that you understand. Thank you for your dilligence!
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Posted by Chester | August 6, 2010
Carnell
Carnell handled my case about a year ago,at that time he was my public defender.Carnell went above and beyond what my perceptiion of a public defender was.He is the only attorney I will ever use.Carnell even walk with me out of the court room to met my parents.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Johnson & Nicholson, PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Asst. Public Defender
  • Public Defender's Office
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Deputy Attorney General
  • NJ Attorney General
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Law Clerk & Attorney
  • Law Office of Thomas R. Ashley
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Paralegal
  • William D. Manns, Esq.
  • 1999 - 2004
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Education

  • Rutgers School of Law-Newark
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Confidential
  • Mistrial
  • Confidential
  • Not Guilty
  • Confidential
  • Appeal to the NJ Appellate Division (denied)

Associations

  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • John S. Leary Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rating Preeminent Recognition
  • Martindale Hubble
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Immigration Attorney Honoree
  • North Carolina Business Elite
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Honoree 2012
  • National Veterans Legal Services Program
  • 2013
  • Award for Excellent Service
  • National Veterans Legal Services Program
  • 2011
  • Honoree 2010
  • National Veterans Legal Services Program
  • 2010
  • C. Clyde Ferguson
  • Rutgers School of Law
  • 2004
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Veterans With Disabilities Summit
  • Veterans Disability
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (23)
Endorse Carnell
Immigration Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Carnell. He is an aggressive attorney who handles very serious legal matters with the utmost competence. I would trust him with any legal matter."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carnell is an experienced and knowledgeable defense lawyer. He is not afraid to fight for his clients interests."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Johnson is outstanding. I have worked with Attorney Johnson on several client matters and his dedication and knowledge of the law is uncanny. His experience as a trial attorney, especially in the criminal law, puts him n a special class of lawyers."
Immigration Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carnell is a true trial warrior who goes head to head with his adversaries in the pursuit of justice for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Mr. Johnson for many years. He is a great immigration attorney that is smart and genuinely is concerned for his clients."
Immigration Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carnell is a fine attorney who is very diligent in handling cases for his client. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Carnell. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Johnson's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Anytime I get a call of one needing representation or if a client has a DUI/DWI issue, I refer them to Carnell. He's thorough, precise, knowledgeable and touch. I encourage you to call him for a consultation."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Charlotte Immigration Lawyer Carnell T Johnson
Carnell T Johnson
Immigration Attorney
Charlotte, NC
Licensed for 17 years
Virtual consultation available