Biography

Attorney William Johnston graduated from Worthington High School in 1963 and among his highlights were being appointed to the National Honors Society, winner of Time Magazine’s Most Informed Student Award and Captain of the State High School Championship Tennis Team.

Mr. Johnston graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Economics. Notable achievements were being Comptroller of Sigma Phi Episolon Fraternity and winner of freshman numerals and three Varsity O awards playing tennis for The Ohio State University.

Mr. Johnston graduated from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1970 and immediately after passing the bar became a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Field Artillery stationed in Fort Sill Oklahoma where he was an artillery officer and a criminal defense counsel for the 75th Field Artillery Group. He also served with the 148th JAG detachment in Columbus from 1972-1976. He handled 73 Court Marshall Trials including the first two Jury Trials at Fort Sill Oklahoma, since World War II.

Among notable legal accomplishments, Mr. Johnston is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Rated attorney. Mr. Johnston was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America in 1974 and has been admitted to practice in all Ohio Federal Courts and State Courts. He was appointed by Governor Rhodes to be the Chairman of the Ohio Industrial Commission, and served on Governor Rhodes cabinet from 1976-1982. Among other notable legal accomplishments, Mr. Johnston represented the State of Ohio, the Governor of Ohio, and the Ohio National Guard in the Kent State shootings case. Mr. Johnston also has extensive Trial experience appearing in Trials in approximately forty of Ohio’s eighty-eight counties.

Mr. Johnston was the first lawyer in Ohio’s history appointed to the Ohio State Medical Board in 1982 where he served as Vice President and supervising member until 1988.

For 34 years, Mr. Johnston has been a guest lecturer, at the request of The Ohio State University College of Medicine speaking at medical conferences to explain to physicians how to write a legally sufficient report, how to testify before a Jury, and how to deal with the legal profession. Mr. Johnston has always been one of the most popular speakers at these medical conferences.

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Awards and Recognition

Columbus C.E.O. Magazine's Top Laywers 2010, 2011, 2012

Admitted to Practice, United States Supreme Court, 1974

Admitted to Practice, all Ohio Federal Courts, 1972

Admitted to Practice, Ohio Supreme Court, 1970

Admitted to the Ohio Bar, November 1970