Gordon W. Johnston

Of Counsel


Gordie Johnston provides representation to creditors and debtors in transactions involving loan negotiation and documentation (including asset-based lending and general personal property secured transactions), loan workouts and restructurings, reorganization and insolvency proceedings, and in matters involving general commercial law.

Gordie's principal focus is on the representation of bank and non-bank creditors in commercial and industrial loan transactions, and loan workouts. Gordie also provides significant support to the firm's real estate loan transaction attorneys. He has authored several articles regarding personal property secured transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code and has lectured at various local, state and national seminars regarding debtor-creditor relations and personal property secured lending.

Professional & Community Activities
  • Member, Board of Directors, Wittenberg University, 1994–2006; Vice Chair, 2004–2005
  • President, Wittenberg University Alumni Association, 1989–1991; Member of Alumni Board, 1981–1993
Bar Admissions & Activities
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Business Law; Chair, Institutes and Seminars Committee, 1991 - 1995; Commercial Financial Services Committee; Uniform Commercial Code Committee
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association; Chair, Banking, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Committee, 1985 - 1987
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association
  • Fellow, the American Bar Foundation
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Finance Law; Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Equipment Finance Law), 1995–2019
  • Recognized, ChambersUSA, Banking & Finance with a Band 3 ranking, 2018; Band 2 ranking, 2016–2017; Band 3 ranking, 2013–2015
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Banking; Bankruptcy: Business), 2004–2017
  • Columbus Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Equipment Finance Law), 2012
  • Fellow, the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers
  • Ranked, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The University of Michigan Law School (J.D.), 1976
  • Wittenberg University (B.A., summa cum laude), 1973
In The Headlines

Beyond Bricker
Active Family Man
Active Family Man

Staying active is a way of life for Gordie. He enjoys biking, hiking and golfing with family and friends.

Devoted Grandfather
Devoted Grandfather

Gordie treasures spending time with his grandchildren.

Dog's Best Friend
Dog's Best Friend

A devoted lover of Labradors, Gordie enjoys the companionship of his four-legged friends.