Mereda Davis Johnson has practiced law for over 30 years, concentrating in the area of family law. She became the first Black female judge in DeKalb County, Georgia, appointed to that position in l985. At the time of her historic appointment she had been practicing law for less than 3 years.
Mereda is a partner with Johnson Hopewell Coleman, LLC. She was formerly the managing partner of Johnson & Johnson Law Group, LLC where she saw the firm double in size from 1991 until her merger in July 2007. At the same time she established a well deserved reputation as one of the premiere family law practitioners in the Atlanta metropolitan area. A fierce advocate, she has obtained numerous substantial verdicts and favorable settlements on behalf of her clients. On the appellate level she has set precedents in such cases as Brown vs. Brown and the landmark case of Marve vs. Families First, a decision which delineated the adoption surrender laws.
Mereda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Arts Degree from Tennessee State University. She obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, where she met her law and life partner, Hank Johnson.
She is a co-founder and past president of the DeKalb Lawyers Association, in which she continues to be an active volunteer. Her efforts throughout the years have contributed to the phenomenal growth in the membership of the association, which now boasts over 125 members. She is also the founder of ARThink DeKalb, Inc. and a past Board Member of South DeKalb Centers for the Arts. She currently serves as co-chair of the DeKalb Creative Industries Task Force. Mereda is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, past member and vice president of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Legal Services Corporation. She also serves on the Board of Directors of DeKalb Hospital Authority and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. Mereda is a member of the Congressional Spouses Club and the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses, in which she currently serves as Chair. Mereda has volunteered her time serving as legal counsel for the Decatur Cooperative Ministry which provides housing and food for homeless women and children.
Mereda is a member of The Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia. She is married to Congressman Hank Johnson, and they have two children, Randi and Calvin.