James M. Johnson    PARTNER   Phone: (404) 228-4822 Direct Line: (404) 719-4039  Fax: (404) 228-4821    jjohnson@knightjohnson.com   One Midtown Plaza 1360 Peachtree Street, Suite 1201 Atlanta, Georgia 30309



Phone: (404) 228-4822
Direct Line: (404) 567-6767 
Fax: (404) 228-4821  

One Midtown Plaza
1360 Peachtree Street, Suite 1201
Atlanta, Georgia 30309


  • J.D., Emory University School of Law (2012)

Managing Editor, Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal

  • B.B.A., cum laude, University of Georgia (2009)

Mr. Sears is a trial attorney that specializes in real estate litigation, construction litigation, and business litigation.  Mr. Sears’ real estate litigation practice involves representing developers, builders, real estate investors, and property owners in actions involving banking, lender liability, foreclosure, receivership, specific performance, suit on note, title disputes, boundary line disputes, easements, prescriptive title, ejectment, commercial landlord/tenant, zoning, and tax appeals.  Mr. Sears’ construction litigation practice involves representing general contractors, subcontractors, builders, and property owners in actions involving negligent construction, breach of contract, delay damages, warranty, defective materials, lien foreclosure, and bond suits.  Mr. Sears’ business litigation practice involves representing companies, partners, shareholders, and officers in partnership/shareholder disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, fraud, RICO, SEC investigations, FINRA disputes, and restrictive covenants. 

Before joining Knight Johnson, Mr. Sears clerked for the Honorable Judge John J. Goger in the Superior Court of Fulton County.  After graduating from University of Georgia with cum laude honors, Mr. Sears attended Emory University School of law where he was a managing editor for the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal.


Defeating the Preference System:  Using the Subsequent New Value Defense and Administrative Expense Claims to “Double Dip”, 28 Emory Bankr. Dev. J. 593 (2012).


Shapiro Writing Award for Excellence in Business Bankruptcy Writing, 2011