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Hon. J. Samuel Johnston (Ret.), Emeritus

For more than 30 years Judge Johnston served as an outstanding Judge of the 24th Circuit. He was a founding member of Juridical Solutions, together with Judges McGrath, Kloch, Simpson and Sweeney, in 2008. For many years Judge Johnston was a featured speaker because of his in-depth knowledge of jury behavior.  He conducted a jury study for over 20 years, interviewing over 2500 jurors.  He has been a featured speaker at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Convention numerous times, first appearing in 1988.  He has also appeared on programs for the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association, and the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys.  He served as a faculty member for over fifteen years with the American Academy of Judicial Education.  No longer mediating, Judge Johnston is an emeritus member of JS, remembered for his outstanding contributions to excellence in ADR services.


University of Alabama, BS

University of Virginia School of Law, JD


Former Faculty, American Academy of Judicial Education

Former Member, Boyd-Graves Conference

Former Master, Thomas Jefferson American Inn of Court

Former Partner, Kizer, Phillips & Petty