• Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Litigation


  • State Courts
  • Federal Courts


  • University of Minnesota
    Associates Degree, Mortuary Science, 1962
  • Benedict College
    Bachelor of Science Degree, 1965
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
    Juris Doctor, 1968
  • Benedict College
    Doctor of Laws, 1972
  • University of South Carolina School of Law Doctor of Laws, 2010

Columbia Office
1615 Barnwell St.
P. O. Box 1431
Columbia, SC 29202803-252-9700

Other JTB Lawyers
I.S. Leevy Johnson
William T. Toal
Luther J. Battiste, III
George C. Johnson
Byron E. Gipson

I.S. Leevy Johnson, Founding Shareholder

I.S. Leevy Johnson is featured in numerous editions of the Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. He is recognized as one of South Carolina’s top civil and criminal trial lawyers.  He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1968. He was honored by his legal peers in 1985, when he was elected President of the South Carolina Bar. I.S. has received the highest rating for ethics and legal ability awarded by the Martindale Hubbell National rating service.

He has received numerous top honors accorded a lawyer in South Carolina. From the South Carolina Bar, he received the Durant Distinguished Public Service Award for illustrious public service, sound judgment, wise counsel and outstanding leadership gratuitously rendered for many years to the legal profession. The University of South Carolina School of Law awarded him the Compleat Lawyer Award for his dedication and support of legal education.

For his unselfish service to his peers of the Richland County Bar, he received the John W. Williams, Jr. Distinguished Service Award. And on April 21, 2000 he was awarded the prestigious Matthew J. Perry Medallion by the Columbia Lawyers Association for his contributions to improving the quality of legal services to citizens of South Carolina. In June of 2002, he was recognized by the South Carolina Association for Justice for being the People’s Advocate. He has also been inducted as a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.

In 2014 he received the Spirit of Excellence award from the American Bar Association. On October 18, 1999, I.S. received the State of South Carolina’s highest award, the Order of the Palmetto. Benedict College, University of South Carolina, Allen University and Morris College have bestowed on him the honorary Doctor of Law degree.

I.S. is married to the former Doris Wright. They are the parents of two sons, George C. Johnson and Christopher Leevy Johnson. Doris serves as Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Benedict College. George is a shareholder with Johnson, Toal & Battiste, P. A. Chris is the President of Leevy’s Funeral Home and is Campus Pastor at Brookland Baptist Church, Northeast Campus. I.S. is the doting grandfather of Rachel, Ryann, Leah and Ian Samuel.


  • South Carolina Bar
  • National Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference


  • Chairman, University of South Carolina Community Advisory Council
  • Member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
  • Member, NAACP
  • Member, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity


  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Super Lawyers
  • Advocate of the Year, South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center
  • Distinguished Citizen Award, Indian Waters Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Founders Award, South Carolina Trial Lawyers
  • John H. Williams Award for Distinguished Service, Richland County Bar
  • The Compleat Lawyers Award, The University of South Carolina School of Law
  • South Carolina Black Hall of Fame
  • Bell South African-American History Calendar History Honoree