Carl Johnston is a partner at the law firm Fisher Broyles and he specializes in corporate, technology and international law. He began his practice in Washington, DC, where he worked primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. He came to Atlanta in 1993 to serve as General Counsel for Hitachi Electronics USA. During his time at Hitachi, he was involved in a wide range of international and technology licensing issues, and his responsibilities included managing legal aspects of an offshore manufacturing subsidiary. He also served as General Counsel and Vice President of OFS Fitel, a large manufacturer of optical fiber. As a part of his responsibilities at OFS, he was involved in transactional and regulatory issues around the globe, with a particular emphasis on emerging markets such as China, Russia and India, and management of a global patent portfolio.
In his private practice and in-house positions, Mr. Johnston has helped U.S. and foreign-based clients with a wide range of corporate and technology matters. His corporate practice included mergers and acquisitions and helping high-growth companies plan for and obtain venture capital and angel funding. His technology practice includes structure and negotiation of a wide range of agreements, including software and technology licensing agreements, professional services agreements, research and joint development agreements, and strategic alliance agreements. He works extensively both with U.S.-based companies expanding their presence internationally as well as helping foreign-owned companies establish and maintain U.S. operations.
Mr. Johnston is also a CPA, and worked for Deloitte for four years before attending law school. His experience as a CPA and his business experience are invaluable in corporate counseling areas including mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. He also holds an MA degree in economics from Brown University.
Mr. Johnston is a member of the State Bars of Georgia, District of Columbia and Texas, and maintains his license as a CPA in Georgia and Texas. He is one of the founding board members of the Technology Association of Georgia International Business Society and continues to serve on the executive committee of the Society. He also serves in leadership positions with the MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta and the Japan America Society of Georgia, and is active in a number of other technology professional associations and international chambers of commerce.