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Thomas Michael Johnston

Real estate Attorney at Carmel, IN

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 48 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1974
    Active In Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    Real Estate – There are many technical details involved in real estate transactions. Tom consults with clients from initial prospecting through closing as to the myriad of real estate law issues.

    47 years

  2. Business
    Business Acquisitions – Many businesses grow through acquisitions of other business operations and assets. Tom works with care to structure and document deals.

    47 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    Contracts –Sound contracts are essential for businesses to order their affairs with a degree of certainty. Contracts must accurately reflect the deal terms and provide mechanisms for enforcement.

    47 years


Tom Johnston is a reliable and highly experienced Indianapolis attorney who is pleased to serve clients both large and small. If you are seeking legal counsel in the areas of real estate and business law, Tom will provide an utmost level of professionalism. When you are facing legal issues, you do not want to leave your destiny in the hands of someone inexperienced. Instead, you should trust Tom, an attorney who has been licensed for over 42 years. He serves clients throughout the State of Indiana with a concentration on Central Indiana.

Education and Experience

After graduating summa cum laude (second in class) from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 1974, Tom practiced in a large Indianapolis law firm-as a partner fifteen (15) yearsTom’s number of years practicing law isn’t the only impressive factor of his experience level. His repertoire also includes many years practicing as partner at a large Indianapolis firm from the time he graduated Summa Cum Laude at Indiana University until 1994.  With that experience, he developed a strong reputation for expertise, honesty and professionalism in the Indianapolis and surrounding law community. He then left the firm and pursued entrepreneurial endeavors of his own until 1997. Being an entrepreneur himself, he has a passion for pursuing business law cases centered on individual, corporate, borrower, and lender representation. Tom has been practicing law on his own since 1997, proving himself to be a seasoned professional in his specialized fields.


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Thomas M. Johnston


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Posted by John | February 10, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Great Attorney. Friendly, Affordable, and Professional
I have worked with Tom for quite some time. He has helped numerous people achieve loan modifications on their mortgages and settle debts. He always charges a fair price and is very easy to talk to. His knowledge of various forms of real estate law is also very high. Would recommend him to anybody. I have already.
Posted by Jim | January 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
My Go-To Guy for Everything related to Real Estate.
As an older lifelong Real Estate professional I have worked with many lawyers. I started using Tom on a few things once in awhile over 5 years ago. As my confidence in him grew I have used him more & more. He now is the guy I call first about anything concerning Real Estate. He has a strong "Git-R-Done" attitude which is coupled with a great depth of knowledge of the law & wonderfully lucid and concise writing. Tom is one of the very few lawyers that I have worked with that I feel like I get my money's worth when I involve him in a project or problem.
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Posted by Darnell | February 28, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Our Home Was In Foreclosure!
My wife and I would like to thank you for representing our family during a very difficult time while walking us through all of the different processes that we encountered along the way. You were AWESOME, very thorough, Honest and Straightforward throughout the entire process. Now we see it all was Worth it because we now have SAVED our home and is CURRENT on our mortgage as of today! There need to be more lawyers like you Tom, who works for the people and not just the MONEY thanks again!!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Big time saver!
Answered a pending question that as it turned out would have become a legal quagmire had I chosen to pursue litigation. The time and expense simply would not have been worth it. This pertained to real estate law.
Posted by Carlos | October 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
A most able lawyer
Being both knowledgeable and personable Tom helped make my legal real estate experience much less painful than I had anticipated. I had the odd problem of wanting to give my house back to the bank and be relieved of my indebtedness. Although not a normal way to go about foreclosure Tom had enough knowledge of the real estate world to make it happen for me. I am now free and clear of that mortgage. I never felt like I didn't know what was going on. I never felt talked down to. Tom really cared about how I was doing with my case. The pricing was upfront and fair. I highly recommend using Thomas Johnston for any real estate issues you may have.
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Posted by Fred | January 18, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent legal help from Tom Johnston
I have had the pleasure of working with Tom Johnston in several Real Estate transactions. Tom's knowledge, expertise and execution of his practice are without peer.
Posted by Tim | January 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thomas Johnston
We have used Mr. Johnston on a number of occasions in our real estate investment (buy, sell, ownership transfer) and property management (management agreements, third party contracts, resident issues, review of forms) transactions and have been very pleased with his prompt response, attention to detail and find his fees to be very competitive.
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Posted by Christy | December 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Student loan debt resolution
I hired Tom to help me navigate options to resolve confusing private student loan debt with compounding interest and late fees. Tom was knowledgeable about the systems and shared my options (not just bankruptcy) as well as a recommendation. He clearly communicated next steps and how he could facilitate. Before I chose Tom as my lawyer, I experienced lawyers who were ambiguous about their terms, only wanted to focus on bankruptcy, or who did not educate me about what before/during/after such a debt might look. Tom's rates were evidence of his compassion, especially given how hard he worked to negotiate and help me resolve my debts (which he succeeded in doing). He is down to earth and a great communicator. I highly recommend him to anyone out there who is considering taking loans, feels in debt but wants more options than bankruptcy, or who wants an experienced negotiator.
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2015
Solid counselor, very knowledgeable about all aspects of my legal concerns
Thomas Johnston is an excellent attorney. He provided legal counsel for my business during a damages hearing. He charged a fixed rate for his services, so we could plan, and continue our primary concern of operating the business. Since the case is still pending, I cannot comment further, but would highly recommend Thomas M. Johnston as your choice for counsel!
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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Thomas M. Johnston
  • 1997 - Present


  • Indiana University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • Indiana University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1970


  • Indiana State Bar
  • Member
  • 1974 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017

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