Managing Partner, Retired
Alston & Bird
Elected chair of the Board of Trustees in 2000, Ben Johnson is retired managing partner in the Atlanta law firm of Alston & Bird. After graduating from Emory College in 1965, he received his JD from Harvard University in 1968. He then returned to Atlanta to practice law before and after military service. His father, Ben F. Johnson Jr., attended Emory College, graduated from Emory School of Law, was on the law school faculty, and served as dean of the school.
While at Emory College, Mr. Johnson participated in the Barkley Forum, chaired the College Honor Council, and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and DVS honor societies. He was president of the Interfraternity Council and of his own fraternity and at graduation received the Marion Luther Brittain Service Award.
His many activities as an alumnus include chairing The Coca-Cola Challenge and serving on the Board of Visitors. He was elected to the Emory Board of Trustees as an alumni trustee in 1995, and was elected a term trustee in 2000.