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Paul J. Johnson is a real estate, acquisitions and deal lawyer with over thirty years of experience.  Not only has he been the lead attorney on many high profile real estate developments and business acquisitions, but he also counsels clients on business transactions and general business matters across a wide array of industries and geographic areas.  Mr. Johnson is Board Certified in both Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  He is licensed in Texas, having graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a Master of Laws and from Southern Methodist University with a Juris Doctorate and undergraduate degrees.  Mr. Johnson is past Chair of the Tarrant County Bar Association Real Estate Law Section and currently serves on the Real Estate Law Exam Commission for the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Real Estate law.  Mr. Johnson is a frequent speaker on real estate and business law matters.

Admissions & Certifications

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
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
State Bar of Texas (1986)


London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London (LL.M. with Commercial and Corporate Law Concentration, 1989)
Southern Methodist University , Dedman School of Law (J.D., 1986)
Southern Methodist University (B.A., 1983, English-Department Distinctions, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude)

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

State Bar of Texas – Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, Business Law Section, Corporate Counsel Section
Tarrant County Bar Association – Business and Estate Section and Real Estate Law Section (Chair, Present; Vice Chair, 2011)
Sustaining Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Sustaining Fellow, Tarrant County Bar Foundation
Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. Board Member
Past member of the Arlington Technology Council
Past member of the Arlington Real Estate Advisory Council
Arlington Bar Association
Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Commercial Real Estate Advisory Council

Honors & Recognition

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 & 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, February 2013
  • “Choosing and Operating a Texas Entity,” The Alternative Board,  March 2011
  • “Due Diligence in Commercial Real Estate Transactions,” July 2010
  • “The Legal Audit–Assessments of Legal Issues to Prevent Costly Legal Problems, “The Alternative Board, June 2010
  • “Texas Legislative Update–Business Organizations Matters,” Fort Worth CPA Tax Institute, August 2009
  • “Series LLC’s, Margin Tax Relief!, and Other Legislation Affecting Business Entities from the 2009 Legislative
  • Session,” Shannon Gracey Oil and Gas Conference, August 2009
  • “A Series of Unfortunate Entities or How Oliver Found his LLC,” Oil and Gas Ownership, Regulation and Litigation Conference, July 2009
  • “Revisions to the Business Organization Code,“ August 7, 2009
  • “Oil and Gas in an Urban Environment, Local Oil and Gas Well Ordinances,” Shannon Gracey Oil and Gas Conference, 2008
  • “How to Buy a Company as a Corporate Growth Strategy,” panelist on legal issues (January, 2008)
  • “Legal Duties and Responsibilities of Board Members,” presented numerous times for various nonprofit entities
  • “Real Estate Due Diligence, Look Before You Leap,” 2006


Paul is married and has two sons.  In addition to spending time with his family, he devotes numerous hours serving as a counselor and instructor at youth camps and as a leader in youth clubs.  He counsels several prominent charities in North Texas and is a member of the Arlington Technology Council of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.

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