Judge Samuel ("Sam") Johnston, Ret.

jsjpixwebJudge Johnston retired June 1, 2008, after over 30 years experience as a Virginia judge.


After graduating from the University of Alabama in 1968, Judge Johnston (Ret) took his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1972. He then clerked for the Chief Federal Judge for the Northern District of Alabama for one year before returning to Virginia and joining the law firm of Kizer, Phillips, and Petty in Lynchburg.


In October of 1977 he was appointed General District Judge for the 24th Judicial District at the age of 30 and was the youngest district judge in the Commonwealth at that time. He then took the Circuit Court Bench in March of 1981 at age 34, and at the time of his appointment was the youngest circuit judge in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Judge Johnston (Ret) has conducted a jury study for over 20 years and interviewed over 2500 jurors as part of that study. He has been a featured speaker at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Convention numerous times, first appearing in 1988. He has appeared on programs for the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association, and the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. He also has conducted programs for the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association and the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and has taught in the West Virginia Magistrate system for several years. He also served as a faculty member for over fifteen years with the American Academy of Judicial Education. He has attended the Boyd Graves Conference and has been a guest speaker for the Thomas Jefferson Inn of Court.


Judge Johnston (Ret) provides ADR services throughout Virginia with an emphasis on personal injury, domestic relations, medical and professional malpractice, product liability, and commercial and construction disputes. He is certified as a mediator by the Commonwealth of Virginia.



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PO Box 18093

Richmond, VA  23226


Phone: 1-888-EX-CURIA (392-8742)


FAX: 1-888-343-3804


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