Thomas J. Johnston

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Johnston & Hutchinson LLP
 | 350 S. Grand Ave., Suite 2220
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: 213-542-1978
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2005, 2013 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Thomas J. Johnston is a partner at Johnston & Hutchinson LLP in Los Angeles, California, where he concentrates his practice on the trial of personal injury, including catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death matters. He represents clients throughout United States.

Johnston has recovered numerous significant verdicts and settlements for his clients, including four verdicts and three settlements against transportation companies in excess of $55 million dollars.  In 2016, he obtained a $22.4 million jury verdict against the City of Los Angeles in a wrongful death matter - setting a courthouse and county record.  In 2015, Johnston obtained a $9.5 million recovery for a pedestrian injured by a Los Angeles County bus operator.   In 2014, he was co-lead counsel in a significant case that went to the California Courts of Appeal resulting in a landmark decision regarding the duties of landowners who have dangerous conditions on their property.

in 2012, The Los Angeles Daily Journal named Johnston to its list of the top 20 lawyers in California under the age of 40. The National Trial Lawyers named him to its list of the top 100 civil trial lawyers. Mr. Johnston is also featured in the 21st edition of the publication "The Best Lawyers in America" and was a finalist for the Consumer Attorneys of California's Street Fighter of the Year award in 2011.

Johnston is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a prominent invitation-only organization, and has spoken on litigation-related topics for professional organizations and educational institutions. He served as a member of the board of advisers at Verbum Dei High School in Watts, California. 

Johnston served as an intelligence officer for US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3 (BN) in Baghdad, Iraq during the Surge Campaign of 2007 and 2008.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (40%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Trucking Accidents

Personal Injury - Products (40%)

Business Litigation (20%)

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Trucking Accidents


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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2005, 2013 - 2017

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About Thomas Johnston

Admitted: 2000, California

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Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Top 20 Under 40, The Daily Journal (Los Angeles & San Francisco), 2012
  • Street Fighter of the Year Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2011
  • Law Dragon 500 Finalist, 2010
  • New Star, Lawdragon Magazine, 2007
  • Super Lawyers, Law & Politics Magazine, 2005
  • Super Lawyers, Law & Politics Magazine, 2004

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2008

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Board of Advisors, Verbum Dei High School.  Watts, California, 2007

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Instructor at Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming., Staff Instructor, Trial Lawyers College, 2016
  • Lectured on Hearsay Evidence and Hearsay Exceptions, Lecturer, Hearsay and Hearsay Exceptions, Consumer Attorneys Of California, 2012
  • Lectured on Hearsay evidence to Young Lawyers Division of Consumer Attorneys of California during MCLE seminar, Lecturer, Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, 2012
  • Faculty Member during Jack Daniels ABOTA Trial Skills School, Faculty Member, ABOTA Trial School, 2010
  • Lecturer at Loyola Law School, Mass Torts, 2008

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Guilmette v. City of Los Angeles wrongful death arising out of dangerous condition of public roadway.  Jury verdict (unanimous): $22,400,000, 2016
  • Chan v. Haq: catastrophic personal injury case arising out of motor vehicle collision.  Settled on eve of trial for $1,030,000., 2015
  • Liu v. MTA: $9,500,000 settlement for traumatic brain injury case arising out of bus versus pedestrian collision, 2015
  • Ace v. Confidential Amusement Park.  Breach of Contract trial that began with a 0 dollar offer from defendant and ended with defendant paying $700,000 to settle after the conclusion of plaintiff's case in chief., 2014
  • Perez v. Confidential Government Hospital:  $1,600,000 settlement arising out of medical negligence causing death, 2014
  • Vinson v. Sazeh et al.  $4,350,000 settlement in burn case arising out of electrical panel explosion, 2013
  •  JD v. Doe City (bus collision) $850,000 settlement for bus v. pedestrian collision, 2013
  • Briscoe v. Caltrans:  Dangerous Condition of Roadway.  Case settled during jury deliberations.  $1,000,000., 2013
  • DB v. Doe Trucking Company:  $1,015,000 settlement for truck v. biycle collision, 2013
  • Jane Doe v. John Roe: $1,600,000 settlement in pick up truck versus pedestrian case.   Case settled before Judge Ferns in Los Angeles Superior Court, 2011
  • Wong v. Doe Transportation Authority: $675,000 settlement, 2011
  • Arroyave v. Doe Defendant:  $750,000 settlement for premises liability case, 2011
  • Chau v. Doe Trucking Company.  Auto v. Pedestrian Case: $1,000,000 settlement, 2011
  • O'Leary v. Raines: Joint $1,250,000 verdict in wrongful death case ($675,000 per plaintiff).
  • Rivera v. San Miguel et al: $13,600,000 verdict in trucking collision
  • Lau v. Northwestern: $1,000,000
  • Sprague v. Calinex: $6,700,000
  • Webb v. ARB: $5,400,000  


  • Negotiations for former Rolling Stones member Mick Taylor, 2010

Representative Clients:

  • Miguel et al v. Shekell et al.  Wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury case arising out of highway collision with wrong way driver, 2010
  • Wong v. MTA: catastrophic personal injury case arising out of bus versus pedestrian accident, 2010
  • Chau v. American Efird Inc.:  Catastrophic personal injury case arising out of van versus pedestrian collision, 2010
  • Sha v. JIT Packing Supplies Inc.:  Significant spine injury case arising from trucking accident, 2010
  • Mick Taylor, formerly of the Rolling Stones, 2010
  • Hoover Bus Crash Disaster, 2009
  • Chatsworth Metrolink Disaster, 2009

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Joint Counsel on Annocki v. Peterson Enterprises, a published Court of Appeal decision that has received national attention for its holding that extends the duty of tortious landowners to known dangerous conditions off the landowners' property.  (Annocki v. Peterson Enterprises LLC 232 Cal.App.4th 32), 2014

Educational Background:

  • Loyola Marymount University, Political Science, 1997

Industry Groups

  • Auto
  • Bus
  • Entertainment
  • Truck
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    350 S. Grand Ave.
    Suite 2220
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

    Phone: 213-542-1978


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