Michael Johnston

King & Spalding LLP

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Peachtree Street Northeast 1180
Atlanta 30309 GA US

Michael W. Johnston focuses on employment litigation and employment-related internal investigations. Michael is the senior partner in our Labor and Employment practice, which was recognized by Law360 as one of its Employment Practices of the Year in 2017.

With over 37 years of litigation experience, Michael has been lead counsel in over 130 trials and has represented clients in trial and appellate courts nationwide and in the United States Supreme Court.

Michael represents clients in all aspects of employment litigation, with special emphasis on Equal Employment Opportunity Commission systemic discrimination lawsuits and investigations. He has defended complex class action and multi-plaintiff employment cases throughout the U.S.

A former prosecutor, Michael coordinates and directs internal investigations for companies accused of violating whistleblower retaliation provisions of the False Claims Act, Sarbanes-Oxley and other federal and state employment-related statutes. He also investigates employment irregularities, such as sexual and racial harassment.

In addition, Michael is a recognized expert in the litigation of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, trade secret laws, employment agreements and state tort law.


  • LL.M., Georgetown University
  • J.D., University of Florida
  • B.S., United States Air Force Academy, with academic distinction


  • Florida
  • Georgia


  • State Bar of Georgia, Labor and Employment Law Sections
  • The Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Sections


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Peachtree Street Northeast 1180
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