We offer options,
not obstacles.

Our mission is to help small business owners and freelance workers obtain the legal services and advice they need without having to fear a budget-busting bill. From business registrations and trademarks to employee manuals and contracts, we bring the values of your business to the forefront of it all.

To us, being a lawyer means being the kind of guy you not only call when you’re in a bind but the guy you can feel comfortable to pick up the phone to ask a question, not just a problem. We love getting to know our clients, their businesses, and their operations, and building a relationship on a mutual interest in seeing them grow. Our passion is to give small businesses access to affordable, consistent legal services, and be part of their advisory team.

Meet Matt the Lawyer.

Matt Johnston (#Mattthelawyer) is a small business attorney and the founder of the Johnston Business Law Group in Frederick, MD. Matt has been in private practice since 2007 and in solo practice since 2012. From software companies and trade associations to retail and the U.S. Navy, Matt’s breadth of experiences contributes to his understanding of industries across the board. He is also the co-owner of Jammy Jams, a music company creating lullaby music using popular music as the source material, and Very Important Parent, a company that sells Gumeez brand teething jewelry. Being a business owner helps Matt intimately understand the struggles of small business owners.

Matt is passionate about staying involved and making a difference in the local community. Matt is a Board Member of SHIP Frederick (the Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership of Frederick County), Building Veterans (a group dedicated to helping veterans suffering from PTSD and addiction), and AIGA Blue Ridge (the largest community of design advocates). As a 2017 Graduate of Leadership Frederick County sponsored by the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, Matt continues to work with the Leadership Frederick County Council and the Entrepreneur Council for the Chamber.

When not geeking out about contracts, Matt can be found geeking out about soccer, science fiction, and a little bit of heavy metal music. Matt is a big fan of the United States Men’s and Women’s National Soccer Teams, D.C. United, Tampa Bay Rowdies, the Washington Spirit and of course, the University of Maryland Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams.

Matt is a 2005 cum laude graduate of the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. In 1997 he graduated from the University of Maryland-College Park cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Government & Politics. Matt is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Maryland and to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Meet Kelly the Client Services Manager.

Kelly, a Frederick, Maryland native, joins the team as our Client Services Manager. In 2015 Kelly’s passion for social justice and human rights led her to live and work in Ecuador where she served as the Program Director at the Hearts of Gold Foundation. Kelly co-designed and managed the only capacity building program for nonprofit leaders in Ecuador, uniting 40+ nonprofit leaders, impacting over 5,000 lives. Prior to her travels abroad, Kelly worked as a Victim Advocate at the Heartly House, and you may have seen her making your latte at Frederick Coffee Company while she was working on her Masters. Kelly currently lives the digital nomad lifestyle, working remotely from Cuenca, Ecuador.

In her free time, Kelly can be found traveling (more often than not their Royal Enfield motorcycle with her fiance Eduardo as pilot), learning for fun, blogging, or exploring the outdoors. Coffee, music, and positivity are her perfect combo.

Kelly is a 2015 magna cum laude graduate from American University’s School of International Service where she received her MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution with a focus in Latin America, and a 2012 summa cum laude graduate from Towson University with a double major in Cultural Anthropology and International Studies with a minor in Spanish.

Meet Sean the Lawyer.

Sean is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has lived in Maryland his entire life.  After graduating from Calvert Hall College High School, he went on to Towson University where he earned his bachelor of arts degree in law enforcement.  Following graduation from college, Sean became a police officer with the United States Park Police in the Washington, DC area.  While serving as a police officer, Sean also attended the University of Baltimore School of Law where he earned his juris doctor degree, Magna Cum Laude in 2001.  Sean left the police force after eight years and began practicing law with a private law firm in Baltimore focusing on construction, contract and general commercial litigation and insurance defense. 

In 2013, Sean left the law firm and, along with his wife, purchased a small home care agency in York, Pennsylvania.  Sean and his wife worked full-time in the agency and grew it from 35 employees to over 140 employees in the span of four years.  As owner of the agency, Sean handled all legal and regulatory matters for the agency.  Sean sold the agency in 2018 and returned to the private practice of law.

Sean is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia and the state courts of Pennsylvania.  Sean also holds the Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) designation from the Compliance Certification Board.

Sean lives in Hampstead with his wife, one of his three sons and a noisy parrot named Captain.  When Sean is not reviewing contracts or reading the latest health care news and regulations, he enjoys traveling, reading, college football and a wide and varied assortment of music.

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