Danny Johnson represents large and mid-size businesses and professional service firms regarding the implementation and administration of their employee benefit plans and compensation arrangements.


Danny has more than 35 years of experience with a wide range of employee benefit and executive employment matters, including public company clients in connection with their executive compensation programs and dealing with golden parachute severance issues that arise in merger, acquisition, divestiture, and corporate finance transactions. He is regularly involved with complex transactions involving ESOPs, including ESOP implementation and finance transactions, ESOP administration issues, and transactions involving the sale of ESOP-owned companies. Danny also helps his diverse clients with administrative proceedings, investigations and audits by the Internal Revenue Service, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and the United States Department of Labor.



  • Best Lawyers in America, Charlotte Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2021, 2024; Charlotte Litigation - ERISA "Lawyer of the Year," 2017, 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - ERISA, 2015-2020, 2022-2024; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2016-2024
  • Chambers USA - North Carolina, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, 2020-2024
  • International Law Office and Lexology, Client Choice Awards 2013 recipient for Employment & Labor in North Carolina
  • Former Member, Board of Advisors, University of North Carolina Tax Institute
  • Previously employed in the tax department of the Charlotte office of KPMG LLP (then known as Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co.)




  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • The ESOP Association


J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1985, with high honors; Order of the Coif; Research Editor, University of North Carolina Law Review

B.S.B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1981


  • Georgia, 2019
  • North Carolina, 1985
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“He is very well known and very good.” - Chambers, 2024

Chambers USA - North Carolina, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, 2020-2024

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