Ellis M. Johnston  II - Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Ellis M. Johnston II

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995

Ellis Johnston is recognized as one of South Carolina’s leading trial attorneys.

He has tried more than 100 cases to juries in federal and state courts.

He is recognized in the 2008 and 2009 editions of South Carolina Super Lawyers® for Business Litigation.

Mr. Johnston’s goal is to create opportunities for his clients to prevail. He has handled numerous shareholder disputes, corporate governance and securities issues. And he has tried numerous products-liability cases in both state and federal courts.

He regularly represents Ernst & Young in South Carolina, including serving as lead counsel in two class actions brought under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.


  • He defended a major New York law firm in an alleged attorney malpractice case.
  • He represented the general partners of 13 limited partnerships in a multimillion-dollar 1933 Securities Act case

Washington and Lee UniversityBA 1968University of South CarolinaJ.D. 1975
American Bar AssociationSouth Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ AssociationThe Defense Research Institute, Inc.

Office Location

One North Main, Second Floor
P.O. Box 2048
Greenville, SC 29602-2048
United States

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Litigation - Securities