Kathryn B. Johnston

Associate

A native of New Hampshire, Kathryn Johnston has dedicated her professional and personal life to representing the disadvantaged and victims of misconduct. She attended New Hampshire public schools before studying at New Hampshire College, Clark University, Indian River State College and the University of New Hampshire, attaining degrees in law and nursing.

Kathryn has been practicing law since 1989 and is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, Florida and Georgia. She is also a registered nurse, and this medical training provides her with a unique perspective when representing personal injury clients.

While an undergraduate, Kathryn was selected to represent the state of New Hampshire as the 1983 Harry S Truman Scholar. Upon receiving her Juris Doctorate from the University of New Hampshire, she was honored to serve as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Martin F. Loughlin, then Senior Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire. Following her judicial clerkship, she focused her practice on civil litigation, including personal injury, products liability, premises liability, insurance coverage disputes, medical negligence, civil rights, Social Security disability and health-care law.

Over the course of her legal career, Kathryn has received numerous honors and has been recognized for her professional excellence, pro bono services and community service both in New Hampshire and Florida. In 2017, after two decades of establishing and managing successful law firms and alternative dispute resolution centers in Florida, she decided it was time to “return home” and moved back to her home state. Kathryn now lives in Manchester, NH, with her family and beloved pets.


Admissions

  • New Hampshire Bar Association (1989-present)
  • Florida Bar Association (1997-present)
  • Georgia Bar Association (2017-present)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Hampshire Association for Justice

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Indian River County Bar Association (2010)
  • Pro Bono Guardian ad Litem, Indian River County (1997-present)
  • Pro Bono Legal Counsel at New Hampshire Teen Institute for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 1991–1996
  • Former Member of New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Amicus Curiae Committee
  • Former Member of Florida Trial Lawyers Amicus Curiae Committee
  • Former Member, Executive Committee of Daniel Webster Chapter of American Inns of Court Board
  • Member and Vice President, Cite Soleil Opportunity Council, Inc. (2010-2012)
  • Member, Indian River County School District Parent Advisory Committee (2009-2011)
  • Founder and Executive Director, Mike Block String Camp, Vero Beach, FL (2009-2012)
  • Board Member and Fundraising Chairperson, Vero Beach Orchestra Boosters, Inc. (2006-2011)
  • Board Member, Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition (1999-2003)
  • Harry S Truman Scholar (1983)

Representative Cases

  • Souza v. The Insurance Company of New York, 2002 WL 34667274, $3M judgment against insurer who failed and refused to settle the plaintiff’s personal injury claim in good faith when the insurer could have and should have done so.
  • Sintros v. Hamon and Horace Mann Insurance Companies, 2002 WL 34366483, whether insurance agent owed a duty to his client to advise and inform his client about the type, amount and sufficiency of available insurance products including uninsured motorist coverage, where agent failed to do so and plaintiff suffered severe economic losses as a result .
  • Parker v. City of Nashua, 1995 WL 17830777, whether the trial court erred in excluding evidence that evidence that the defendant municipality had a pattern of using “release-dismissal” agreements to cover up instances of police misconduct, including the misconduct and evidence that the members of the Nashua Police Department regularly and systemically used excessive force in making arrests.
  • Downing v. Tuttle Auto Parts, 1991 WL 451600, $3.1M verdict for personal injury victim and his wife who sustained serious personal injuries as a result of an automobile collision caused by a negligent tow truck operator.
  • Manchester Association v. City of Manchester of Police Supervisors, New Hampshire Supreme Court case number 96-665, Municipal ordinances - police stand-by and night shift pay; whether PELRB has jurisdiction to hear claims arising under city ordinances; whether court erred in categorizing plaintiff's claims as a dispute over wages.
  • Goldsmith v. Mentor Corporation, 1996 WL 33658431, whether plaintiff’s product liability claim for personal injuries sustained as a result of an allegedly defective testicular implant was barred by federal law governing medical devices
  • Weaver v. Royal insurance Company of America, 140 N.H. 780, 674 A.2d 975 (1996), Parents of child brought suit against husband's business liability insurer seeking determination that policy covered injuries suffered by child when he ingested lead paint and dust
  • Bowden v. Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Transportation , 144 N.H. 491 (1999), constitutionality of New Hampshire law governing state liability for defects on roadways where a motorcyclist sustained serious personal injuries due to a roadway defect
  • Marcotte v. Timberlane/Hampstead Sch. Dist., 143 N.H. 331, 733 A.2d 394 (1999), Student's estate was entitled to loss of life damages in wrongful death action against school district.
  • Scott v. Woolbright Development, Inc., 2009 WL 5945276, representing plaintiff as the result of serious personal injuries sustained due to property management Corporation’s negligence maintenance and construction of a retail parking facility.
  • Se. Univ. of the Health Scis., Inc. v. Sharick, 822 So. 2d 1290 (Fla. 2002), Medical student brought claim against private college, alleging that college's decision to dismiss him was arbitrary, and sought reimbursement of tuition as well as future lost earnings

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