In January 2011, Attorney Yannetti handpicked Attorney Greg L. Johnson to join him at the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm after the two attorneys had battled each other in a highly contested and lengthy gun case in the Lawrence District Court. At the time, Greg was working as a prosecutor for the Essex County District Attorney's Office. Attorney Yannetti viewed first-hand the skill Greg exhibited, as well as the respect he commanded from judges and court personnel. Attorney Yannetti was so impressed that he offered Greg an associate's position in the firm.
Attorney Greg L. Johnson has established himself as a true rising star in the criminal-defense bar. He is becoming nationally known as an expert trial lawyer. In fact, the National Trial Lawyers Association named Greg one of the top 40 trial lawyers under 40 years of age — two years running. The "Top 40 under 40" is limited to criminal defense or civil plaintiff attorneys. Selection is based upon superior ethics, trial results and leadership as a young lawyer. For the press release issued by our firm in April of 2013 announcing this honor, click on the following link: Top 40 Under 40
Attorney Johnson's most recent distinction came in the fall of 2015, when he was again named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers for the third consecutive year. Only 2.5% of eligible attorneys nationwide are honored with the "Rising Star" distinction. This accolade further cemented Attorney Johnson's growing reputation for top-level representation in criminal courts throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. For the press release issued by our firm in November of 2013 announcing this honor, click on the following link: Super Lawyers Rising Star
During his career as an assistant district attorney, Greg L. Johnson gained invaluable trial experience, which included his representation of the Commonwealth as lead counsel in approximately fifty jury trials. In 2008, he was selected to work under the Project Safe Neighborhood Grant funded by the U.S. Attorney's Office. His responsibilities in that position included prosecuting all firearms and gang-related offenses in the City of Lawrence. In that role, Attorney Johnson handled a wide variety of serious felony cases, including shootings, assaults by means of dangerous weapons, narcotics distribution and firearms cases. In 2008, the Massachusetts District Attorney's Association selected Greg to receive the Spotlight Award which is issued annually to prosecutors in recognition of outstanding service, spirit, and professionalism.
Attorney Johnson was promoted in January of 2010 to the position of Supervising ADA at the Lawrence District Court, one of the five busiest courts in the Commonwealth. He was responsible for the training and supervision of ten Assistant District Attorneys. Before leaving the District Attorney's Office, Attorney Johnson presented approximately ten serious felony cases to the Grand Jury and handled those matters in the Essex County Superior Court.
Attorney Greg L. Johnson's extensive experience and substantial growth as a trial lawyer are integral components of his success at the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm. His ability to assess, analyze, and exploit the weaknesses in the prosecutor's cases against his clients is a tool that informs his daily approach to our cases inside and outside the courtroom.
Attorney Greg L. Johnson graduated from the Suffolk University Law School in May of 2005, cum laude. While at Suffolk Law School, Greg achieved Dean's List recognition every semester. He was also selected to be a member of the prestigious Suffolk University Law Review. He worked as a Note Editor while on the Law Review and was honored at the conclusion of his first year at Suffolk with the Honorable Mention Award in the 2006 Best Brief Competition.
Greg graduated from Colgate University in May of 2000 with a degree in International Relations.
Recent Cases Handled by Attorney Greg L. Johnson:
* Most cases handled by Attorney Johnson are listed on our "Recent Cases" pages located here: Greg Johnson Recent Cases