Richard Johnston, Esq.
Richard Johnston is a partner in the firm's Litigation/Controversy Department, where he is a member of the Business Trial Group and the International Arbitration Practice Group. He is also a member of the Regulatory and Government Affairs Department and its Environmental Practice Group. He joined the firm in 1977.


Mr. Johnston's practice focuses on litigation and arbitration of complex business disputes, both domestic and international. He has represented a broad range of companies in the venture capital, software, internet, health care and other industries, as well as agencies of foreign governments. Mr. Johnston also has been involved in numerous pro bono legal activities at the international, national and local levels.

Professional Activities

Mr. Johnston is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the American Bar Association (ABA), the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) and the Boston Bar Association (BBA). He is a United States delegate to the IBA's Litigation Section Executive Committee and has moderated and/or spoken on several panels on international litigation at IBA conferences. Mr. Johnston is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commission on Arbitration and a regional chair of the ICC's United States National Arbitration Committee. He has served as a member of an ICC task force on E-commerce jurisdiction, as chairman of the BBA's International Arbitration Committee, as a member of the MBA's Equal Access to Justice Committee, and as a former member of an international human rights law group election monitoring team in Nepal in 1991.

Honors and Awards

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of international arbitration
  • Recognized in the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions of Boston Magazine as a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in business litigation
  • Recipient of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation Great Friend of Justice Award in 2004, the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation Award in 2004, the Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation Herbert F. Kleinman Award in 2003 and the Southeastern Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation Pro Bono Publico Award in 2003 - for successful defense of Interest on Lawyer Trust Account Programs in Texas and Massachusetts against Constitutional challenges
  • Recipient of the Reginald Heber Smith Award in 2010 for pro bono contributions at WilmerHale

Contact Richard Johnston, Esq.

Contact Richard Johnston, Esq.

60 State Street
Boston, Massachusetts  02109
Phone: 617-526-6282
Fax: 617 526 5000


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