An experienced attorney who has worked with major financial institutions, government agencies, investors and developers, Lance Johnson offers real estate clients a full range of services. His goal is to help smooth the often-complex legal process, in order to get projects started as quickly and efficiently as possible.

He focuses on assisting developers and lenders dealing with a range of commercial and mixed-used properties. He also helps clients with related commercial real estate matters, including negotiations and financing. His practice includes acquisitions and dispositions, commercial leasing, low-income housing tax credits and compliance. Already a licensed attorney in Illinois, Lance is in the process of becoming admitted to practice in North Carolina and Georgia, to better assist clients with projects that cross state lines. He will be taking the South Carolina Bar exam in February.

Before coming to Morton & Gettys, Lance worked for four years as an associate at Chicago law firms that focused on real estate law and finance. During that time, he provided legal guidance to major financial institutions and government agencies involved in developing commercial and mixed-use property. This included negotiating and drafting crucial documentation such as loan documents, purchase agreements and more. He also worked to ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws, and he conducted due-diligence reviews including title, survey and environmental reports.

Lance, whose practice also includes education law, began his legal career as assistant general counsel for Chicago Public Schools. In that role, he advised administrators and teachers at more than 600 public elementary and high schools.

His duties included drafting legal communications covering a variety of topics, such as issues involving LGBTQ students, ADA compliance and federal law. He also represented the board in administrative hearings involving school closings and residency violations, and managed the student expulsion process.

Lance received his Juris Doctor from DePaul University in Chicago. He was twice honored with the College of Law’s top award for public service and pro bono legal work. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Cultural Anthropology from Duke University.

  • Illinois
  • DePaul University College of Law, Juris Doctor
    • Benjamin Hooks Distinguished Public Service
  • Duke University, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Cultural Anthropology
  • Illinois Bar