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Barry L. Johnson is a Shareholder of the Firm. Mr. Johnson was the founder of Johnson Davis's predecessor, BARRY L. JOHNSON, PA, which he started in 1996. For over 40 years, Mr. Johnson has represented banks, national companies and CEOs, prominent local construction companies, developers, property owners’ associations, and numerous other businesses and individuals in litigation, mergers, transactions, zoning, development and land use matters, and other general legal services.

Mr. Johnson is a near life-long resident of Beaufort County, having grown up in Beaufort and graduated from Beaufort High School in 1964. After graduating cum laude from Harvard University, BA- Government, in 1968, Mr. Johnson received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1971. Earlier in his career, Mr. Johnson was very active in civic affairs, charitable organizations and local politics. Mr. Johnson was a member of the Resolution of Fee Disputes Board from 1984-2004, serving as its Chairman from 1989-2004, was a past member of the South Carolina House of Delegates, and former President of the Beaufort County Bar Association. More recently, Mr. Johnson has been in the Christian Ministry, serving as Associate Pastor of Bible Faith Fellowship Church, and has co-led mission; work in the Dominican Republic. He is married to Kerry Johnson and has four children and eight grandchildren. Mr. Johnson is a former member of the U.S.A.R. (Captain, Field Artillery).




Harvard University, B.A. in Government, 1968
University of South Carolina School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1971

Bar Admissions


South Carolina
United States District Court, District of South Carolina
United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
United States Supreme Court
United States Tax Court
United States Claims Court

Awards & Honors


Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations



American Bar Association
South Carolina Bar Association
Beaufort County Bar Association
Hilton Head Island Bar Association

Reported Cases


Following are some of the cases in which Mr. Johnson has been involved, either at the trial or appellate level, which resulted in reported decisions:

State Highway Dept. v. Booker, 260 SC 245, 195 SE2d 615 (1973); 

Federal Deposit Ins. Corp. v. Sea Pines Company, 692 F.2d 973 (C.A.S.C. 1982); 

Butler v. Sea Pines Plantation Co., et al., 282 SC 113, 317 SE2d 464 (Ct.App. 1984); 

Branning v. United States, 228 Ct. Cl. 240, 654 F.2d 88, trans. to 6 Ct. Cl. 618, later proceeding 7 Ct. Cl. 777 affd. (CA FC) 784 F.2d 361; 

Hoogenboom v. City of Beaufort, 315 SC 306, 433 S.E.2d 875 (Ct.App. 1992); 

In re French Quarter Group, LLC, 489 B.R. 400 (Bankr. D.S.C., 2013).


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