Grace, Tisdale, and Clifton office is now open during normal business ours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Although our office has been professionally cleaned and sanitized, we encourage all existing and new clients to schedule consultation via Zoom or telephone. Please click here to read Chief Justice Beasley’s Order directing Court operations.

Grace, Tisdale & Clifton P.A. Exceptional Counsel & Resolute Advocacy
Daniel S. Johnson, Winston-Salem Criminal Attorney

Daniel S. Johnson

After serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Winston-Salem from 1976 to 1979, Daniel (Dan) S. Johnson became a leading criminal defense lawyer. His extensive trial experience includes the representation of clients in both state and federal courts on matters ranging from personal injury and domestic and family law disputes to major drug prosecutions and complex, white collar crime charges. His practice now concentrates primarily on divorce and family law, domestic issues and equitable distribution of assets.

Dan received his Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1975 and his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Wake Forest University in 1972. He was admitted to practice in North Carolina in 1975 and is certified to practice in U.S. District Court, Western, Eastern, and Middle Districts of North Carolina as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Dan is a former adjunct professor for the Wake Forest University School of Law Clinic Program. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the Forsyth County Bar Association, and a former member of the Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association and the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers.


  • Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Phone: 888-441-8522
  • Fax: 336-721-1176
  • Email: Contact us

Areas of Practice

  • Domestic and Family Law, Custody Issues
  • Divorce Law, Alimony
  • Property and Equitable Distribution of Assets
  • Traffic Violations
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Law
  • Complex, White-Collar Crime
  • Major Drug Prosecutions

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1975
  • U.S. District Court
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1975
  • Wake Forest University
    • BA ,History - 1972
    • Major: History


  • Adjunct Professor, Wake Forest University School of Law Clinic Program

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina State Bar, Member
  • Forsyth County Bar Association, Member
  • Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association, Former Member
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers

Past Employment Positions

  • Winston-Salem, Assistant District Attorney, 1976 - 1979

Meet Our Legal Team

  • Experience on Both Sides

    The majority of our lawyers
    are former prosecutors and
    know how the system works.

  • Focus on Client Experience

    Our clients are our top priority. Each
    team member treats every client with
    respect and every case with discretion.

  • Thousands of Cases Settled

    Our legal team has experience handling
    all manner of criminal cases and have a
    comprehensive list of satisfied clients.

  • Locally Based Firm

    Every one of our attorneys is from
    the local town and graduated
    Wake Forest Law School.


  • Super Lawyer
  • Legal Elite
  • Board Certified
  • Best Lawyer
  • College of DUI Defense
  • AV

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