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About Us

Johnson & Nicholson, PLLC is a comprehensive legal firm specializing in the intersections of immigration, criminal defense, divorce, and child custody law, with a dedicated focus on serving families.

With more than 32 years of combined legal experience, our passionate and experienced legal team has been honored with numerous awards and accolades, including the prestigious Martindale AV Rating in 2023 and 2024, recognition as Rising Stars Superlawyers, acknowledgment as part of North Carolina Business Elite, and being rated as AVVO Top Rated.
Additionally, we are immensely proud to have received the Charlotte’s Best in Immigration Law (Gold) award from the Charlotte Observer Newspaper for consecutive years in 2022 and 2023.

Our commitment to excellence extends to every aspect of our practice, and our accomplished attorneys hold memberships in the New Jersey and North Carolina Bars. We have proudly served over 10,000 clients from more than fifty countries, highlighting the depth and breadth of our expertise in delivering tailored legal solutions.

Founded by the esteemed co-partners, Carnell Johnson and Elaine Nicholson, we approach our clients as collaborative partners, ensuring they are informed about every development, promptly addressing their inquiries, and serving their best interests with unwavering trustworthiness and integrity. Together, we function as a cohesive team, working in unison to devise and implement practical legal strategies that meet the unique needs of the families and individuals we represent.

At Johnson & Nicholson, PLLC, we are passionate about providing unparalleled legal counsel, and we remain committed to delivering exceptional legal services to our clients, standing as a beacon of excellence in the legal field.


Co-founders and Partners: Carnell Johnson and Elaine Nicholson.

Learn more about them here:

Carnell JohnsonElaine Nicholson

North Carolina Advocates for Justice 2009-2010North Carolina Bar Association

Success Stories

“Carnell was patient and efficient. He made me feel like he cared, and most importantly, got the job done!”

- J.D.
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“I endorse this lawyer’s work. Anytime I get a call of one needing representation or if a client has a DUI/DWI issue, I refer them to Carnell. He’s thorough, precise, knowledgeable and touch. I encourage you to call him for a consultation.”

- G.H.
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“Carnell is a fine attorney who is very diligent in handling cases for his client. I highly recommend him.”

- E.M.
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