The Jackson Johnson Law Firm is an innovative, boutique law firm that works with entrepreneurs and startup companies as they build empires.

You are building something, whether it be a side hustle or your main hustle. And we know it can be challenging to deal with legal concerns in addition to whatever big ideas led you to start your business in the first place. 

This firm’s philosophy is simple: listen, serve, and improve. If you’re starting from the bottom, we help you figure out what your first moves should be. If you have an established business, we can help you determine if you have all of your legal ducks in a row.

Shontavia Johnson, Esq.

Bar admissions & licenses

South Carolina


United States Patent and Trademark Office Registered Patent Attorney

Registered Neutral in Georgia (Mediation & Arbitration)

Certified Mediator in South Carolina

Shontavia founded this firm in 2011 because she recognized the need for quality, innovative, and personalized representation for busy creatives and entrepreneurs. From the beginning, the firm has been focused on helping people build strong foundations through both representation and education about the whys and hows of the entrepreneurship process.

Shontavia’s primary mission in life is to help and empower others. In addition to founding this firm, Shontavia provides consulting services to businesses on innovation, strategy, and entrepreneurship issues through Johnson International Group, her consulting firm. She also teaches intellectual property law, Internet law, and entertainment law at Drake Law School. 

Shontavia graduated cum laude from of the University of Arkansas School of Law and received her B.S. in Biosystems Engineering from Clemson University. She has also studied international law at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa.  


How Olympic organizers make sure only official sponsors tweet about the games, Washington Post, Aug. 16, 2016

You May Not Have the Rights to Your Tattoo, Time, Aug. 8, 2016

Why it’s tough to find Prince’s songs online — and other musicians are thankful, Raw Story, Apr. 22, 2016

Can you sue if someone posts an unflattering photo of you on social media?, The Conversation US, Mar. 8, 2016

An Overview of the Law of Scandalous Trademarks in the United States, American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law Intellectual Property Law Conference March 2015, (co-authored with Anne Gilson LaLonde)

George Addison, Forging a Pathway for a New Generation of Leaders and Entrepreneurs, Feb. 1, 2016

Featured Guest, Business Authority Radio, Jan. 26, 2016

Featured Guest, Atlanta Legal Experts Radio, Jan. 12, 2016

Featured Guest, SiriusXM Channel 110, the Maggie Linton Show, Mar. 26, 2015

Megan Verhelst, Iowa Females You Should Know: Shontavia Johnson, Aug. 25, 2014

Winners of the 2014 Ladas Memorial Award, IPFrontline, Apr. 20, 2014

Zachary Buchheit, Logo apparel a great way to show off Sioux City school spirit, Sioux City Journal, Apr. 19, 2014

Featured Guest, SiriusXM Channel 110, the Maggie Linton Show, Apr. 16, 2014

Iowa company sues Google over photo on 'sexy executives' website, Associated Press, Jan. 9, 2014

Advice for Future Black Lawyers, Black Pre-Law Magazine 38 (3rd ed. 2013)

Salute to Success: Top 40 Lawyers Under 40, (Aug. 6, 2013)

How the Internet Piracy Bills Affect You, ABC5 WOI-DT News, Jan. 18, 2012

Jannay Towne, ANTI-PIRACY PROTEST: Popular Websites Go Off Line to Protest of Anti-piracy Bill in Congress, WHO News (NBC13), Jan. 18, 2012

Tom Witosky, Iowa officials mum on patent court’s ruling on logo, Aug. 3, 2011

Jim Duncan, CORN: A Love Story: Pioneering a New Relationship with Maize, The Iowan, Mar./Apr. 2011

Casey's Fights Subway Over 'Footlong', KCCI, Feb. 14, 2011

Monica Parker, What It Takes: How Women of Color Can Thrive Within the Practice of Law 125-26 (2010) (interviewed for and featured in the book)

While the firm isn't actively hiring, we are always interested in aligning ourselves with innovative legal professionals who bring something special to the table. If you feel the same, feel free to send us your information.

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