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Ellis M. Johnston II Listed in Best Lawyers

Ellis M. Johnston II is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© - Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions; Litigation - Securities 

Ellis M. Johnston II

Of Counsel

ONE North Main, 2nd Floor
Greenville, SC 29601-2772

Ellis Johnston is recognized as one of South Carolina’s leading trial attorneys.

He has tried more than 100 cases to juries in federal and state courts.

Mr. Johnston was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©  in 2017 in the fields of Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions; and Litigation - Securities. He is recognized in the 2008 and 2009 editions of South Carolina Super Lawyers® for Business Litigation.

Mr. Johnston’s goal is to create opportunities for his clients to prevail. He has handled numerous shareholder disputes, corporate governance and securities issues. And he has tried numerous products-liability cases in both state and federal courts.

He regularly represents Ernst & Young in South Carolina, including serving as lead counsel in two class actions brought under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.


  • He defended a major New York law firm in an alleged attorney malpractice case.
  • He represented the general partners of 13 limited partnerships in a multimillion-dollar 1933 Securities Act case

American Bar Association
The Defense Research Institute, Inc.
South Carolina Bar
South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association