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Brian Clay Johnson

Criminal defense Attorney at Jackson, TN

5.0   12 reviews

also known as Brian C. Johnson, Brian Johnson

  • Licensed for 20 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found

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

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I represent men and women charged with misdemeanors and felonies in the General Sessions and Circuit/Criminal Courts of Tennessee. I am an experienced criminal defense attorney. I have also been a criminal prosecutor in the past.

    15 years, 2,778 cases

  2. Constitutional
    Constitutional law deals with the basic ground rules for our country's operation. A constitutional law attorney can help enforce and interpret these laws, if you believe someone has violated your rights. Constitutional law also deals with the rights

    10 years

West Tennessee Attorney - Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Family Law - A Serious Lawyer for Serious Cases




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 live in Jackson.

Brian is a graduate of Union University and the University of Memphis (Memphis State) School of Law. While at Union, he served as an intern and later employee for the Senate Judiciary Committee for the Tennessee General Assembly in Nashville. As a law student, Brian was active in moot court, mock trial, the Christian Legal Society, and completed an internship with the Major Crimes Division of the Shelby County (Memphis) District Attorney's Office.

Upon graduation and passage of the Bar Exam in Fall 2003, Brian began practicing law as an Assistant District Attorney in General Sessions and Circuit Court. He later prosecuted on the state appellate level as an Assistant Attorney General, and still later as an Assistant United States Attorney, the latter pursuant to President Bush' Project Safe Neighborhoods Act. Brian has since represented private individuals in cases ranging from serious felonies to boundary line disputes.

Brian is married to Hayley. They have one son, Zachary Lee Johnson. They live in Jackson and are members of Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA).

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Brian Clay Johnson, Attorney at Law
2802 North Highland Avenue
Suite A
Jackson, TN, 38305


5.0 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by Deangelo Hall | December 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Okay how can I start this off this is my first time EVER in trouble . So I caught a very tuff charge that could lead me in prison ! I was worried panicking and stress ! Long story short you guys BRIAN is the attorney for the JOB my situation I could have faced 3-6 years in jail but with his hard work his dedication to his clients he works miracles! I end up getting the best deal with a suspended sentence ! Thank god for this man he care about his clients and he will always respond to you whenever about your case ! If anybody need a attorney here is your guy ! Best of the best .
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Posted by Robert | March 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Results in DUI Case
I, Robert, luckily found Mr. Johnson by word of mouth. He set up a consultation as soon as I called him. He is knowledgeable and cares about his clients. I hired him at that time, I, Robert, was charged with a DUI. I thought I would get at least a week in jail and the fines would be large. Mr. Johnson worked closely with the court system and kept my wife and I notified of every step. He was able to reduce the jail time, plus the fines were also lowered. Both my wife and I appreciate all that he did for us.
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Posted by Zak | August 14, 2018
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Couldn’t ask for better
I have been going thru a lengthy divorce that was taking a toll on me and Mr. Johnson has been very kind and patient and helped me every single step of the way. I couldn’t have asked for a better attorney to represent me. He was able to get me what I asked for when I had to go to court. Me being an over the road truck driver made this process a lot harder than it should have been but like I said before Mr. Johnson has helped me and done an amazing job. I definitely recommend this attorney. Thank you so very much. - Z.S
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Posted by Samantha | May 4, 2018
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Wouldn't use anyone but B Clay Johnson!
Amazing lawyer! He done everything he said he would & was very helpful with every step we had to go through in & out of the court system.
Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Brian exhibits professionalism and excellence in action. He is vastly experienced in criminal law as a former District Attorney. I have witnessed his sincere care and genuine concern for his clients and their families and the community as he guides them through their legal issues.
Posted by Carol | December 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A good Christian man
We hired Mr. Johnson based on his online information. I was relieved to find he is a good Christian man. I always felt that my son was in good hands. He was able to get the best outcome for us. Thank you Mr. Johnson
Posted by Don | July 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great With Quick Results Attorney
Mr. Johnson was hired on a matter with only 2 days to respond. He was quick and the results were excellent. I would recommend him to all business establishments that need a great attorney at a very reasonable cost.
Posted by Julie | June 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The best Lawyer
Brian is a fabulous lawyer as well as a friend. He took the time to listen to me and my situation and never judged me but rather encouraged me. He did a wonderful job on my case and I would highly recommend him. I will definitely use him in the future if the need arises.
Posted by Micah | August 18, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Church constitution
Brian was used as a consultant for the church constitution and by-laws. He was very conscious of the way he handled our situation. I'm not only recommending him for a consultant on legal matters, but should I need personal legal counsel for myself, Brian will be the attorney for me
Response from Brian Johnson September 8, 2015
It was a pleasure to advise Micah, the pastor of a local church, concerning the impact of a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Director, Ohio Department of Health, et. al. could have on the church he pastors. I advised him in the steps his church needed to take to insulate it from lawsuits by same-sex couples who sought to be married in church facilities, etc.
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Posted by Ciarra | August 5, 2015
Awesome Lawyer!
Brian Johnson is an awesome person and attorney. He is very patient and kind. He goes above and beyond to get the job done. I was referred to him by a friend whom also retained him to handle her affairs. I am so grateful and blessed to have met him. He succeeded in taking care of my problem when others told me that there was nothing I could do. This was an excellent experience. Thank you so much Mr. Johnson
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Response from Brian Johnson August 19, 2015
It was an honor to represent Ciarra. The outcome of her case could not have been better. She was a super client as well.
Posted by Robert | February 23, 2015
beating back the insurance company
My family owns a small construction company in Tennessee. Every year, the insurance companies are allowed to audit their insured to determine if they are entitled to more money for their coverage of the business. Our former Workers Comp provider made an unfounded claim for an outlandish amount of money from our company. They took their demands to court. Brian came to the rescue! His diligent attention to detail and his astute handling of our legal issue brought about a quick dismissal of the claim by the insurance company attorney. Justice was served because we had the right man for the job, Brian Johnson. We would, and we do recommend Brian .
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Response from Brian Johnson August 19, 2015
It was an honor to represent Robert's small construction company against a huge insurance company that simply did not play fair with him. Insurance companies often do not treat their insureds fairly. And frankly, it is always a pleasure to walk away with a victory against an insurance company.
Posted by Hayley | August 21, 2014
Awesome attorney and trustworthy man!
Brian is an excellent attorney. He always kept us informed about everything that was going on. I never felt left in the dark or worried, because I knew he had our back and kept my son in his best interest. He was used his time wisely and was conscious of our money and helped keep it at a decent price, which is not common with lawyers. He is a polite man with good morals and to me that means a lot! I really appreciate all he did for us and if we need a lawyer in the future I would absolutely use him again!
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Response from Brian Johnson August 21, 2014
Thank you very much. I am honored and humbled to receive such praise. It is my goal to provide all clients with effective and efficient service. I am glad I was able to accomplish that in your case.
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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney / Owner
  • Brian Clay Johnson, Attorney at Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Hardee, Martin, Donahoe, Owens & Wright, P.A.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney General
  • Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys at Law
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • The Johnson Law Firm
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Special Assistant United States Attorney
  • United States Attorney's Office - Eastern District of Tennessee
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Tennessee Attorney General's Office
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • District Attorney General's Office - 14th Judicial District of Tennessee
  • 2003 - 2004
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  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Union University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • Jermaine C. Jordan v. State of Tennessee
  • Petitioner Jordan was denied habeas corpus relief


  • Jackson-Madison County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Henderson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Gibson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • West Tennessee Historical Society
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA)
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Completion - Lawyer to Lawyer Mentor Training
  • Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization
  • 2014
  • Semi-Final Competitor Team
  • National Mock Trial Competition
  • 2003
  • Runner-Up in Advanced Moot Court Competition
  • University of Memphis School of Law Moot Court Board
  • 2002
  • Best Interoffice Memorandum
  • University of Memphis School of Law
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (8)
Endorse Brian
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Johnson is a professional who is dedicated to the law and fighting for his clients. As an attorney myself, I'm impressed with his experience and knowledge defending criminal cases (especially DUIs). I have spoken with him personally about his cases and it is obvious he cares. You won't regret hiring Mr. Johnson."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brian for his expertise in the law. He has extensive experience in the Criminal Courts of Tennessee. He utilizes his skills as a former Assistant DA to understand his clients and apply the facts and the law to zealously serve them. He is knowledgeable, dependable and credible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Although opposing Mr. Johnson and his client in Gibson County, Tennessee, he was skillful in negotiations and advocated zealously for the interests of his client. Since that time, I have gotten to know Mr. Johnson better. He upholds the constitution and understands the relationship of individual rights and responsibilities. As a client, you will be well represented by his diverse legal experience and knowledge."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."