Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Atlanta-based Alston & Bird’s managing partner, Ben F. Johnson III, has taken on another leadership role. Johnson is Atlanta’s Emory University’s new Board of Trustees chairman. A board member since 1995, Johnson, 57, received his bachelor of arts degree from Emory in 1965 before going on to law school at Harvard University. He succeeds Bradley Currey Jr., 70, who served as chairman for six years. “I think people recognize my love and dedication to the university, and I think that they know that I will give it as much energy as I’ve got,” Johnson says. Johnson has extensive ties to Emory. His father, Ben F. Johnson Jr., was a faculty member and dean of Emory University School of Law from 1961 to 1973. After raising the capital and overseeing the construction of Emory Law School’s Gambrell Hall, the elder Johnson left Emory to start the Georgia State University College of Law. Johnson III grew up on Atlanta’s Clifton Road near Emory’s law school and says he shares a “lot of history” with the university. “I rode my bike to Emory Village several times a day,” Johnson says. “I learned to swim in the Emory pool.” In addition to his ties to the school, Johnson says he feels “a strong sense of connectedness” to the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and The Coca-Cola Co., two major benefactors of Emory. Johnson graduated from the Georgia Military Academy (now Woodward Academy) and has been chairman of the Woodward board for 19 years. Georgia Military was the only school from which Robert W. Woodruff graduated, Johnson says. Also, at Emory, Johnson says he was a fraternity brother of Joseph R. Gladden Jr., general counsel at Coca-Cola. Johnson says attorneys are valuable university board members because they “have a greater appreciation for complexity than do a lot of other people.” In a farewell toast to Currey, Johnson says a great university is “a thing of unruly paradox.” Johnson explains by saying he thinks the very purpose of a university is to recognize various competing interests. “That’s what lawyers deal with every day,” Johnson says. “They deal with not avoiding the marketplace of ideas � but relishing the prospect of resolving issues and then moving on to the next issue.” Johnson says 65 attorneys at the firm earned either undergraduate or law degrees from Emory. And Alston & Bird performs health-care and intellectual property work for Emory.

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.