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Paul J. Johnson

Real Estate and Business Attorney

Arlington and Greater North Texas

Paul J. Johnson is a real estate and business attorney with over thirty years of experience in complex transactions and business representation.  Board Certified in both commercial and residential real estate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Paul has not only been the lead attorney on many high profile real estate developments and business acquisitions, but he also counsels clients on general business matters across a wide array of industries and geographic areas, representing companies from startup through maturity.  Paul has a wide breadth of experience in helping clients achieve their goals.  

A Texas native, Paul studied at Southern Methodist University, where he earned Bachelor degrees in Political Science and English, followed by a Juris Doctorate. Paul then continued his education at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he earned a Master of Laws. 

Paul is active in the community and professionally. He currently serves as the Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation and on the Examining Commission of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Real Estate Law. In the past, Paul has served as the chair of the Real Estate Law Section of the Tarrant County Bar Association, as a Board member of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., and on the Arlington Chamber’s Technology Council and Real Estate Advisory Committee, among many other services.  Paul is very active in his Church and other charitable organizations.

Areas of Practice

Certified Legal Specialties

Board Certified, Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Board Certified, Residential Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
State Bar of Texas 


London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London
Master of Laws with Commercial and Corporate Law Concentration 
Southern Methodist University , Dedman School of Law
Juris Doctorate
Southern Methodist University
Bachelor of Arts, English-Department Distinctions, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, magna cum laude

Professional Associations and Memberships

Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, Advisory Committee, Chair

Real Estate Law Exam Commission member for the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Real Estate Law

Tarrant County Bar Association – Real Estate  Law Section, past Chair
Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Fellow

Tarrant County Bar Foundation, Sustaining Fellow
Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., past Board member
Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Technology Council, past member
Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Real Estate Advisory Council, past member
State Bar of Texas – Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, Business Law Section, and Corporate Counsel Section
Tarrant County Bar Association
Arlington Bar Association


Honors & Awards

Power Attorney 2013, Fort Worth Business Press
Top Attorney, Fort Worth, Texas magazine (named numerous times)
Martindale-Hubbell® AV® PreeminentTM (5.0)
Top Rated Lawyer in  Real Estate Law (2013), Martindale-Hubbell
Phi Beta Kappa
Recipient of Belle Mayer Bromberg English Scholarship and other recognitions at SMU

Publications and Presentations
  • “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A Quick Take Away from a New Landmark Study of Benzene Exposure And Cancer among Petroleum Workers,” co-authored with Jeffrey R. Allen and Rachel L. Wright
  • “Choosing and Operating a Texas Entity,” The Alternative Board
  • “Due Diligence in Commercial Real Estate Transactions,” 
  • “The Legal Audit–Assessments of Legal Issues to Prevent Costly Legal Problems” The Alternative Board
  • “Texas Legislative Update–Business Organizations Matters,” Fort Worth CPA Tax Institute
  • “Series LLC’s, Margin Tax Relief!, and Other Legislation Affecting Business Entities from the 2009 Legislative
  • Session, Shannon Gracey Oil and Gas Conference
  • “A Series of Unfortunate Entities or How Oliver Found his LLC,” Oil and Gas Ownership, Regulation and Litigation Conference
  • “Revisions to the Business Organization Code”
  • “Oil and Gas in an Urban Environment, Local Oil and Gas Well Ordinances,” Shannon Gracey Oil and Gas Conference
  • “How to Buy a Company as a Corporate Growth Strategy,” panelist on legal issues 
  • “Legal Duties and Responsibilities of Board Members,” presented numerous times for various nonprofit entities
  • “Real Estate Due Diligence, Look Before You Leap,”