Kesa M. Johnston

Real Estate Closings, Family Law, Criminal Defense, Registered Mediator, and More

Open representation

With Ms. Johnston, you know what we know. We like to make sure that our clients feel as in the loop with their case as we do.


Personal service

Never again feel like just another number in someone’s book. With Kesa M. Johnston, you will receive the on-time, one-on-one service you deserve.


Devoted staff

Our staff works diligently to help strengthen your case and insure you are prepared so that your case has the best outcome possible.

Honest, Professional,
Genuine, Dedicated


Kesa M. Johnston is a solo practitioner in Roanoke, Alabama. Ms. Johnston handles domestic relations cases, criminal defense, probate litigations, real estate closings, business issues and other general practice cases. She has handled many complex divorce and custody actions and criminal cases including capital murder. Kesa regularly serves clients in East Alabama including Cleburne, Clay, Calhoun, Randolph and Chambers counties .


Established in the 1830s, Roanoke, Alabama is a city rooted deeply in southern cultures and ripe history and in the past few years has begun a path of revitalization. Find out more about the History and Restoration of Roanoke!

Practice areas

Family Law

Kesa has a great deal of experience and understands how frustrating the realm of family law can be for her clients. Because of her personal experience, Kesa has a particular interest in insuring that clients are knowledgable at all times regarding the status of their case and that her office has contact as often as necessary to assist clients with their concerns. She works hard to make sure that her clients interests are placed in the forefront so that the Court can make knowledgable and fair decisions in these complex matters.

Criminal Defense

Nothing can be more difficult than attempting to navigate your way through the criminal courts. Kesa has many years of experience and a great deal of training from nationally renowned universities and certification in capital murder defense, DUI and many others. She can assist clients with a number of issues from traffic tickets and DUI’s, theft, drug charges and serious crimes including capital murder. Kesa is an aggressive defender who will do what is necessary to protect the constitutional rights of the accused.

Real Estate

Real Estate closings at the Law Firm of Kesa M. Johnston are handled by professionals that have decades of combined experience. Realtors, clients and financial agents are welcomed in the office All parties are made aware of the status of closing requests on a regular basis so that the buyers and sellers involved as well as realtors and finance institutions are well educated on the process, apprised of the timeframe and experience an efficient closing. In addition, the firm can draft purchase agreements, deeds and deal with other disputes involving property.

Probate & Estate Planning

Losing a loved one can be a very difficult experience, in particular when there are mounting debts or multiple heirs. Kesa’s office is sensitive to those matters and helps clients to handle the probate arena by providing Estate planning documents, assisting with administration and probate of wills, and when possible negotiating with debt collectors for Estates. We also provide estate planning options for those who wish to avoid future issues for their family and heirs and want to insure their final wishes are memorialized.

Business Law

Our firm handles the needs of many local businesses including formation of LLC’s and corporations, debt collection, disputes and breach of contract issues. In particular we enjoy assisting new business owners in planning their venture and navigate the legal world in ways that best suit their needs.


Kesa is a registered mediator for general practice and in particular domestic relations in the State of Alabama. Due to her training Kesa can assist clients who wish to proceed to a fair settlement regarding their martial estate and custody of any children. Those clients who want to control the outcome of their cases rather than leaving it in the hands of the Courts often consider mediation. A great deal of money can be saved by those willing to mediate their cases whether it be with an attorney or without. Kesa will provide the knowledge necessary to help both parties, consider all aspects of settlement and reach an amicable agreement that is in the best interest of everyone concerned.

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Staffed by the best professionals in Alabama

Ms. Johnston is backed with a staff of professionals who have served in the Alabama legal system for years and have the experience needed to give you confidence in your case.

Mary McHone Brown

Real Estate Paralegal

Mary McHone Brown joined the firm in October of 2010 as a Real Estate Paralegal. Mary brings with her over 25 years of knowledge and experience in researching property titles and performing real estate closings. She has developed a close rapport with any realtors and loan officers over the years that will serve our real estate clients well.

Teresa Smith


Teresa is a lifelong resident of Roanoke, Alabama. She is the daughter of Larry W. and Carolyn Smith. Ms. Smith graduated from Handley High School in 1995 and received her Associates degree from Central Alabama Community College in 1997. Prior to joining the firm in September 2013, she worked in the medical field as an office manager with thirteen years of dedicated service.

Laura Moore

Legal Assistant

Laura Moore is originally from Kennesaw, Georgia, but moved to Roanoke after marrying her husband Lew. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Building Science for Auburn University in 2011. Prior to joining the firm as a Legal Assistant in February 2016, she worked in the commercial construction industry in Atlanta, Georgia and later in retail.

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