Logo, Johnson Oliver & Howard LPA - Law Firm

(740) 354-4200
701 6th Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662

Licensed in Ohio

Our Staff

Stephen L. Oliver - soliver@johlawfirm.com

Stephen L. Oliver is President and managing principal of Johnson Oliver & Howard LPA. Stephen has over 33 years of experience in rendering legal opinions, including interpretations of business contracts, case, and statutory laws. His background includes knowledge and experience in real estate law, land acquisitions, interstate commerce regulation, probate and estate planning, estate tax preparation and filing, business loans and leases, and due diligence issues.

• Juris Doctor (with Honors), Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1978-1981
• Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Miami University European Center, 1977
• Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1974-1977

• Ohio State Bar Association™
• Scioto County Bar Association™
• Licensed Title Agent in the States of
  Ohio, Kentucky, & West Virginia

• Phi Beta Kappa
• MUEC Scholarship
• Galvin Memorial Academic Scholarship

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Joshua D. Howard - jhoward@johlawfirm.com

Joshua D. Howard became a principal of Johnson Oliver & Howard LPA in 2010, and has 10 years of experience. Mr. Howard's practice includes counseling business and estate clients in business and family succession planning issues, real estate transactions, and documentation of business and financial transactions.

Education, Honors:
• Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio, 2001
• Juris Doctor, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, 2004
• LL.M. (with Honors in Business & Taxation), Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, 2005


• Scioto County Bar Association
• Licensed Title Agent in the States of Ohio,
  Kentucky, & West Virginia
• Member of Board of Governors for the Scioto Area
  Community Foundation, Inc. 

• Ohio State Bar Association
• Member, Board of Directors, Southern Ohio 
  Museum Corporation, 2005-Present
• Investment Committee, 2006-Present
• Past Member of the Boy Scouts of America™

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C. Clayton Johnson

C. Clayton Johnson retired from day-to-day practice in 2007. As of September, 2017, he no longer serves as counsel to the firm and is enjoying retirement.

He served for 16 years as a member of the Board of Directors of Bank One™, Portsmouth, N.A., and as Chairman of the Bank's Executive Committee for 12 years. He served as a director of Oak Hill Financial Inc.™ and Oak Hill Banks™, OSCO Industries, Inc.™, McNational, Inc.™, and M & J Industries, Inc.™


• Bachelor of Arts, Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, Ohio, 1966
• M.A., University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia, 1967
• Juris Doctor, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1970


• Phi Beta Kappa, 1966
• Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, 1967
• Order of the Coif, 1970
• President, Board of Directors, Southern Ohio Museum Corporation,
  1980-1984, 1997-2005
• Chairman Emeritus, Southern Ohio Museum Corporation, 2005
• Consultant, Portsmouth City Schools, 2005-Present
• Member, Board of Directors, Southern Ohio Museum Corporation,
• Commissioner, Ohio Public Works Commission, 1983-1984
• Member, Board of Directors, University of Rio Grande, 2005-2009


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