Liz McCurry JohnsonAttorney
Liz's main goal is to serve her clients with compassion, precision and zeal. Focusing on Elder Law, Liz is happy to answer any questions about wills, trusts, power of attorney documents, estate administration procedures and asset protection techniques. Liz can also help plan the best way to protect the family home and savings in case a loved one needs long-term care and Medicaid assistance in the future. In the same manner, Liz is ready and able to assist in navigating the Medicaid application process for long-term care and she offers timely advice on protecting property in crisis situations when a loved one suddenly or unexpectedly needs long-term care. Liz has trained with various mentors in both academia and private practice. She believes that the world does not need more lawsuits, but rather more good neighbors. And so, Liz promises to do everything she can to help clients avoid unnecessary litigation and protect assets that her clients have worked so hard to obtain during their lifetime.
A local to Statesville, North Carolina, Liz attended the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where she graduated with a B.A. in English. Liz then graduated from North Carolina Central University, School of Law with a Juris Doctor and a Masters in Library Science, summa cum laude.
Liz began her legal career at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart in Greenville, South Carolina, and then worked briefly at the Charlotte School of Law. Most of her tenure in legal academia was spent working at the Wake Forest School of Law. In addition to teaching law students legal research and writing at Wake Forest, Liz published many pieces of scholarship. One particularly interesting article details an empirical study on accessing jury records in North Carolina criminal cases. Another one of her articles outlines best practice techniques in teaching legal research within legal writing programs. Most recently, she has co-authored a manuscript on the emerging forms of academic legal writing. If you are interested, her scholarship can be accessed on her SSRN page. After spending eight delightful years with the Wake Forest School of Law, Liz transitioned into private practice. She primarily made the transition to the practice of law to give back to the Statesville community where she lives with her husband and daughters.
J.D., North Carolina Central School of Law, 2008
M.L.S., North Carolina Central University, 2008
Dual Degree, Summa Cum Laude
B.A., English, University of North Carolina Charlotte, 2005
North Carolina Bar Association
Member Since: 2009
American Bar Association
Member Since: 2008
District 22A Bar
Wealth Counsel, LLC
American Association of Law Libraries
Member Since: 2008
Most recently, Liz taught at Wake Forest School of Law. Her teaching engagements included the following courses: Adjunct Assistant Professor for Scholarly Writing for International Lawyers, Adjunct Assistant Professor for Health and Medical Research for Lawyers, and Professor of Legal Research for Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research (J.D. & L.L.M). Liz also taught Professional Responsibility, Advanced Legal Research and Lawyering Process at The Charlotte School of Law from 2008-2011.
Over the last five years, Liz has published scholarship in various mediums. Some of these publications include: Christine Nero Coughlin, Elizabeth Johnson and Sandy Patrick, Academic Writing in Law School: Traditional and Emerging Forms (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming Fall 2018); Sexual Orientation and The Law: A Research Bibliography Selectively Annotating Legal Literature Through 2017 (forthcoming Spring 2018) (Contributing Editor for both the Criminal Law and Domestic Violence Chapters); A Case Study: Teaching Legal Research and Writing in a Fully-Integrated Way, The Second Draft, 31-36, Fall 2017; "How the North Carolina Supreme Court Severed Open Access to Data Necessary for Transparency and Government Accountability," 7 Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy 447 (2017); "Accessing the Practical Obscurity of the 'Green Screen' Terminal," Spectrum, 42-45, May/June 2017; "Accessing Jury Selection Data in a Pre-Digital Era, 41 The American Journal of Trial Advocacy (note: This article was the winner of the National AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Award - Open Division, 2017). For free access to the full text of any of the above publications go to her SSRN page listed her biography above.