Matt Johnston (#Mattthelawyer) is a small business attorney in Frederick, MD. Matt helps business owners of all types, from those with a dream and a business plan to companies with more than 50 employees, manage their legal needs by providing clear, understandable legal and business advice. Whether you need advice regarding business formation, employment law, contracts, copyright, or trademark law, Matt’s down-to-earth advice reflects his background in multiple industries and his experience as an owner/partner in other businesses. Matt is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics related to small businesses. Matt has been in private practice since 2007 and in solo practice since 2012. Previous careers include software companies, trade associations, retail companies, and the United States Navy.
Matt is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Maryland and admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Matt is also a co-owner of Jammy Jams, a music company creating lullaby music using popular music as the source material. Matt also co-owns 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 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 grew up in Orange Park and Middleburg, Florida. Before going to college, Matt served as an enlisted sailor in the United States Navy from 1990 to 1994 spending nearly three years with the United States Navy Ceremonial Guard and 15 months in the Navigation Department aboard the U.S.S. Seattle (AOE-3)(now decommissioned).
Matt lives in Frederick with his wife Amanda, two daughters, a dog, and a couple of guinea pigs. 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 also serves Board Member of the Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership of Frederick County, a group dedicated to providing services to homeless students in the county.
Matt is a Board Member of Building Veterans, a group dedicated to helping veterans suffering from PTSD and addiction.
AIGA Blue Ridge
Matt serves on the Board of AIGA Blue Ridge as the Treasurer.
Kelly, a Frederick, Maryland native, joins the team as our Client Services Manager. Kelly’s passion for social justice and human rights led her to live and work in Ecuador where she serves as the Program Director at the Hearts of Gold Foundation. Kelly co-designed and manages 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.
While not working with nonprofit leaders or doing the behind-the-scenes work of your legal needs, Kelly can be found traveling (more often than not their Royal Enfield motorcycle with her boyfriend 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.
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.