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Emily G. Johnston

Divorce and separation Attorney at Mount Pleasant, SC

5.0   20 reviews
  • State Years
    South Carolina - SC 39 years
    Georgia - GA 39 years
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State SC
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Resigned Membership No misconduct found

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

About Emily

Learn Emily’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    30%
    Taking the First Step Is the Most Difficult Part. We are always cost-conscious and will work for the most cost-effective solutions in your case. CALL TODAY

  2. Child custody
    25%
    We strive to protect your right to child custody and to create an order that will work for your entire family long term. You do not have to face these issues alone; our attorneys are here to help. Reach out today.

  3. Family
    25%
    Focused On Divorce And Family Law, Contact Us for Trusted Counsel Today

  4. Alimony
    10%
    Unlike child support, alimony payments are not governed by state guidelines in South Carolina. Also known as spousal support, alimony is awarded to one spouse based on a number of factors considered by the family court judge. Call Today!

  5. Mediation
    10%
    Amy frequently receives referrals from other attorneys who know and respect her ability to help couples reach commonsense solutions to their family law problems.

Emily G. Johnston practices family law in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and the surrounding Charleston low country area with a unique skill set to offer her clients. She is highly regarded as a family law attorney having earned both her MBA and JD from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1984. She uses her MBA to assist with issues related to complex and substantial assets, business valuation, and any financial matters related to divorce. Ms. Johnston has significant trial experience and is accustomed to complex business issues, including valuation of business assets determining true income, and protecting financial needs for her clients' future as they move through divorce.

EGJ Family Law practice has evolved to focus on all aspects of the law in order to help families plan for and recover from a marriage that has come to an end. She advocates for cooperative resolutions: however she is trial savvy should your case require it. With over 30 years of experience helping families in South Carolina. Emily uses her expertise of a Certified Family Court Mediator, divorced working mother of 3, and experienced litigator.

Emily's Mount Pleasant law firm offers clients a warm welcome, strong family focus, and a commitment to resolve complicated or contested issues. With a non-judgemental approach and years of wisdom, Emily and her team are more than prepared to help you transition into your new life.

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EGJ Law Office is located at 1051 Chuck Dawley Boulevard, across the street from the Mustard Seed Restaurant.

Location

Emily G. Johnston
1051 Chuck Dawley Blvd.
Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464

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Reviews

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Posted by Tracy | October 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding lawyer!
Emily and her team are fantastic! From the initial consultation, I knew I had the right lawyer. She listened carefully to my situation and was able to give me meaningful and savvy advice to help me prepare for my legal situation. After I hired her, she proved herself to be pratical and pragmatic while being compassionate and protective of my rights and best interest. We were able to settle my situation in a timely manner and with favorable terms. I feel blessed that I found her and would recommend her highly for any of your family law needs.
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2019
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Divorce Attorney
I would highly recommend Emily Johnston as a divorce lawyer. Her office handled everything expertly and efficiently. I felt very supported by them through the process of my divorce.
Posted by Tracy | March 22, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Extraordinary Professionals with Tremendous Comfort!
I was deeply distressed when I arrived to EGJ Law Firm. When I walked into their office, Trese, the Office Manager greeted me with dignity and incredible warmth. Emily was highly attentive and extremely patient to what I had to say. Out of heartfelt concerns, she connected to me, mentally and emotionally. I almost forgot I was in a Law Firm. Dealing with EGJ Law Firm was not only helpful, it was Therapeutic for me. Thank you, EGJ Law Firm, for your Professionalism and your phenomenal emotional support and comfort!
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Posted by Esther | March 21, 2019
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Help solving money issues with ex husband
I hired Emily Johnston to help me to get my ex husband to pay outstanding alimony back. She did an excellent job. Thank you!
Posted by Sharryn | April 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
A Positive Outcome!
After seven long months, Emily and her team successfully got me through a very difficult and emotional divorce. Her entire team was very competent throughout the whole process. I was kept abreast of all developments of my case throughout. Whenever I had questions or concerns I was always made a priority. Someone from Emily's team always got back to me in a timely manner. I hope not to ever have to go through this again but I would hire Emily in a heart beat and I would definitely recommend her as an attorney.
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Response from Emily Johnston May 11, 2018
Thank you so much. It was an honor to represent you and we wish you all good things in the future!
Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
No nonsense attorney!
Emily helped guide me through my divorce with with the straight talk I needed. She didn't over promise results, clearly explained the law and was very thorough in potential outcomes, including which court rooms we did/did not want to end up in. She approaches the process with a very business-like and efficient process. I never once felt like I was being strung along to keep the meter running. Her rates and billing practices were extremely fair. She provided the balance needed to think through both the emotional and financial aspects of a divorce. Highly recommend Emily to you for your family's legal needs.
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Posted by Sheila | November 30, 2015
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Emily is a great lawyer!
Emily and her staff were excellent. They responded to all my questions quickly and handled everything quickly as well. I couldn't have hired a better practice.
Posted by Hayden | November 23, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Best divorce experience possible
Emily did a great job in handling my divorce and provided expert advice. Her guidance helped keep the process from getting unnecessarily complicated.
Posted by Rita | November 11, 2015
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Divorce and Litigation Attorney
Emily G. Johnston represented me during my divorce. I found her to be a powerful attorney along with her dynamic legal team. She left no stone unturned and was not intimidated by threats from defense counsel. I am very satisfied with the outcome of the case. Settlement was fair. I also found that attorney Johnston did her best not to prolong the case or to create unnecessary friction between me and my spouse. I feel that she was always there for me during difficult times. I am proud to say, now that the case has been settled, I no longer address her as my legal counsel, I address her as my friend.
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Posted by Bob | November 10, 2015
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Caring and professional
During my divorce Emily and her staff were there for me. They offered excellent advice, explained my choices, and offered excellent support. I have gone back to them for other legal advice and continue to be very pleased with their work. I hope you do not have to go through a divorce, but if you do, you should definitely hire Emily and her staff.
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Posted by Robert | November 9, 2015
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Very Pleased
Ms. Johnston was very effective in handling my case and was both courteous and knowledgeable. During the whole process she was accessible and I felt assured by her competence in handling the various issues that were involved. I would definitely recommend her as an attorney.
Posted by John | November 9, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
In Control
Emily has the experience and the contacts needed within the Charleston Area needed to stay in control of her clients needs during the stressful time of divorce. Her knowledge of past cases and experiences allows her to give clients multiple options and examples of past outcomes based on the facts. At times when I personally was full of anxiety and nervous, she managed to reel me back in and stay in control.
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2015
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Separation and Divorce Action
My actions and interactions with Emily and her staff were always handled with highest possible professionalism. Legal advice regarding my divorce and separation was excellent. I would highly recommend their services to anyone.
Posted by Trent | September 26, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Kept my son a strong part of my life. To All Fathers I strongly Recommend This "A TEAM"
I wanted to take out sometime to say thank you for making my son's Birthday one of the greatest thus far. He had a great time and I really enjoyed the moment when other families would see us together and stop to ask his age and did I travel there all by myself with a young child, I could only answer yes but there reply made me proud when a stranger would say " you're a good Dad "! I really want to thank you both for making this all happen for him as well as myself. The look on his face when he seen Micky Mouse was priceless, he just had to touch him to make sure he was real. When we walked back stage to see him my son had no ideal what was going to happen but when he saw Micky so close and in person it made it all worth it just with that one moment. Great father and son time, provided by a great legal team! As a father the hardest thing for me to face while dealing with a divorce was the fact of me NOT being a major part of my son's life, loosen time with him, and his father just being cut out of his life because things didn't work between his mother and myself. This legal team seen how important it is to me for my son and I to have a relationship and fought to keep are relationship going and keeping are bond strong. Making life after a divorce very possible with a child. To all the fathers in the Charleston area, I strongly recommend this legal team to assist in your rights as a father to keep your child a part in your life as well as you in theirs. Men tend to think that they will loose when it comes to being a strong part of the child's life and I felt the same way myself! I felt like I couldn't express myself as a parent how important my son is to me. Emily took the time as well as Brittany and used everything they could to insure that my son and I would continue to have a father and son relationship. It wasn't an easy road to travel but there was a positive outcome at the end. To Emily, I Thank You, To Brittany, I Thank You. Great legal team Highly Recommend. Trent E, a Proud Father and Daddy.
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Posted by Brian J. | April 17, 2015
If you want/NEED the BEST of the BEST, HIRE EMILY JOHNSTON!
Ok folks, especially MEN. I WILL tell you first hand. I have hired three lawyers. TWO OF WHICH WERE MEN...THEY TOOK ME FOR A FINANCIAL RIDE. I DIDN'T RECEIVE A FINAL OUTCOME EITHER TIME. FOUR YEARS LATER, I THEN DECIDED TO FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE...I HIRED EMILY JOHNSTON AND WITHIN 2 1/2 MONTHS MY DIVORCE WAS FINAL! Words can not explain the appreciation I have for Emily, and her legal team! Once again folks, you will not be disappointed if you do hire Emily johnston. You will thank youself in the very near future, for making the right choice! Sincerely yours, BRIAN J.
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2015
Former Client
Emily is an excellent attorney! She really cared about my situation, worked hard to get me the best possible outcome and helped me with all the issues I had regarding my divorce and custody. I have the greatest respect for her. She has helped me out two different times and was successful with both issues.
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2015
Excellent mediator and family law attorney
Emily and I have practiced together for years in the Charleston area. She is thoughtful, knowledgeable, experienced, and responsive. She is well-respected by judges and lawyers alike for her professionalism and excellent client representation.
Posted by Robert | March 11, 2015
Great team !
Both Emily and Britney were very easy to get in touch with very easy to talk to and they let me know what was going on at all times. Trese was also very help and she made sure all messages were relayed in a very timely fashion. They helped me get through a personally difficult and emotional divorce. I would ( and have ) definitely recommend this team to anyone who needs representation !
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Response from Emily Johnston March 12, 2015
Thank you so much for the review AND the referrals. It was our honor to represent you!
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2015
Saved my sanity!
Emily cleaned up a very sloppy custody/visitation agreement done by another attorney. She and her team were completely supportive and encouraging throughout a messy year+ long process despite my being difficult to deal with at times. I always felt comfortable contacting anyone in the office with questions and responses & guidance were always received in a timely manner, even when it wasn't something I particularly wanted to hear. Should I ever need legal council for another matter such as this, Emily is the only person I would go to.
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Response from Emily Johnston March 5, 2015
Thank you so much! We pride ourselves in helping clients through difficult times!
Posted by Valerie | March 10, 2015
Held My Hand Through My Divorce
Ms. Johnston was extremely professional during a very difficult time. She was thorough, honest and up front about all of my options. She exhibited a great deal of integrity but never was judgmental. I highly recommend her if you require legal assistance.
Response from Emily Johnston March 12, 2015
Thank you Valerie! We loved having you as a client and friend. We appreciate the kind review.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-350 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • EGJ Law Offices
  • 1997 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Uricchio, Howe and Krell, PA
  • 1992 - 1997
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Emily G. Johnston
  • 1988 - 1992
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law off ice Mark C. Tannenbaum
  • 1987 - 1988
  • Associate Attorney
  • Clawson & Staubes, LLC
  • 1985 - 1987
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Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA
  • 1984
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • BA
  • 1980

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • Chairperson
  • 2006 - 2006
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • Chairperson
  • 2005 - 2005
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • Chairperson
  • 2004 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • What Family Court Practitioners Need to Know
  • My Temporary Order is Awful - What are my options?
  • 2014
  • Adapting to Sudden Life Changes
  • Divorce and Financial Planning
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (8)
Endorse Emily
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Emily is a knowledgeable, thorough attorney who never hesitates to mentor younger attorneys in the community. She is a pleasure to work with and one of the most competent attorneys I know."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Cannot say enough about Emily's ability to get to the heart of a matter. She is a pleasure to work with, formidable to work against, and is a very talented mediator as well."
Family Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Emily is an excellent family court lawyer and is well respected by her peers. She is a formidable advocate and also shows great compassion for her clients. She has over 30 years experience and received her MBA and JD degrees from UNC-CH. She is a critical thinker, results oriented, and cares about client satisfaction. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Emily is one of the most well respected attorneys practicing in Family Court for good reason. She is an accomplished trial lawyer who not only possesses the skills to handle even the most complex cases, but she has a pragmatic approach which often results in saving her client's time, money and the emotional turmoil which so often plague divorce cases. Emily is known for her candor and her ability to assess the situation early on. While some attorneys may tell a client what he/she wants to hear to get retained, Emily has the ability to be honest and the experience to make an accurate assessment. She is one of the few attorneys who practice in family court with an MBA, a valuable resource when dealing with financial issues. If I were divorcing Emily would be at the top of my list of attorneys to call."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this Emily, Emily has a bright understanding of the law and cares about her clients. I am happy to endorse her."
Family Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Emily is well respected by the family bar and I would highly recommend her."
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Mount Pleasant Divorce and separation Lawyer Emily G. Johnston
Emily G. Johnston
Divorce and separation Attorney
Mount Pleasant, SC
Licensed for 39 years