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 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.

Education

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.

Personal Life

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.

Charitable and Volunteer Work

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Leadership Frederick County
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.

SHIP Frederick
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.

Building Veterans
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.

Meet Kelly the Client Services Manager.

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.

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