About the Law Office of Matthew Johnson LLC
Matthew Wages Johnson is the founder and owner of the Law Office of Matthew Johnson LLC. He is a seventh-generation Gwinnett County native, and his forebears were among the first settlers who arrived in ox carts to Gwinnett County in the early 1820s. Small business is in Matthew’s blood, as his grandfather rose from being a poor farm boy in the Harbins area of Dacula, fought in the United States Navy during World War II, and opened in 1949 on the historic Gwinnett County Courthouse Square what would become one of Georgia’s most successful funeral businesses, which his family built throughout the following decades.
Matthew attended Gwinnett County Public Schools from his first day of kindergarten through his graduation from Central Gwinnett High School, where he was valedictorian and co-captain of the wrestling team. He then attended the University of Georgia for his undergraduate studies, where he earned degrees in Economics (BA) and Political Science (BA). Matthew graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law and in 2008 was admitted to the practice of law.
Matthew served as a United States Marine Corps officer and graduated from Officer Candidates School, The Basic School, and the Basic Lawyer Course at the Naval Justice School, where he was certified as a judge advocate, or military lawyer. He was stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, where he rose to the rank of captain and conducted 50 administrative separation boards, handled over 70 military justice cases, advised commanding officers on legal issues, served as officer in charge of the largest Marine legal assistance office in the western United States, briefed over 6,400 personnel and family members on predeployment issues, and advised hundreds of military members, retirees, and dependents on various legal issues.
Matthew knows that the attention to detail, meticulous planning, intense training, technical and tactical proficiency, and killer instinct that enable Marines to win battles translate to the business world. He knows also that being a business owner is tough. Matthew himself is a small business owner who opened his law firm in 2013 and later transitioned to serving only small businesses, and he faces the same challenges that other small business owners face.
Matthew has traveled to 57 countries, and because of his passion for travel, he understands that what happens outside of Georgia and outside of America affects every small business. His other passions include history, politics, and University of Georgia football. Matthew volunteers as a high school mock trial judge and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.