Meet Shontavia Johnson

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LVRG Founder

Shontavia Johnson is an award-winning lawyer, speaker, and academic who thrives at the intersection of law, innovation and culture. 


Twice named one of the top young lawyers in America, Shontavia is a teacher and advisor at heart. She has spent more than a decade in faculty and academic leadership roles. Shontavia was the first African-American woman to receive full tenure at Drake University Law School, where she also directed the Intellectual Property Law Center. Today, she is the Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Clemson University.


Shontavia is also an entrepreneur and creator. She founded her company, LVRG, to provide women and people of color with greater access to entrepreneurship. The company’s Brand and Business Academy gives working professionals a formula for entrepreneurship that allows them to pursue ideas that make an impact.


As host of The Shontavia Show, a conversational web series and podcast, Shontavia tackles the most common questions about starting, operating and growing a business and personal brand.


In a former life, Shontavia practiced intellectual property law at Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, one of the largest law firms in the United States. She is licensed to practice in South Carolina, Iowa (inactive), and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


As a speaker, Shontavia has given the closing talk at TEDxAtlanta, spoken at SXSW multiple times, and given talks in Europe, Asia, and across North America. She has appeared in TIME, the Washington Post, the LA Times, and on NPR, and in 2018 she was named one of 200 black women in tech to follow on Twitter.