Carl Johnston is a corporate and technology lawyer, and a partner at the law firm of FisherBroyles LLP. He has more than thirty years of legal and professional experience. He began his legal career working for large law firms in Washington DC and then serving as General Counsel for two global technology companies. He has worked with tech start-ups since 1999, and he has greatly enjoyed being part of the huge changes in the tech world since then.
While Carl works with many types and sizes of businesses, his focus is helping early stage technology companies. Two of the most frequent issues are granting equity to executives and other employees, and raising equity funds from outside investors. Other frequent issues include protection of intellectual property, operational issues such as customer agreements and employment agreements, and preparation for acquisition.
Carl is an active speaker on various issues relating to raising equity funds and other legal issues of start-ups. He serves as an advisor at Atlanta Tech Village, is a member of Atlanta Technology Angels, and volunteers as a pro bono attorney with the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. He also served as a founding board member of the TAG International Business Society and as part of the leadership group of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta, among other professional and community activities.