Class of 1996

Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso LLP

Specializing in Criminal Law,Employment and Labor Law


James B. Johnston, Esq., concentrates his practice in the areas of criminal, labor and employment law with a specialty in defending law enforcement officers, teachers and other union members who have been unfairly accused of wrongdoing. He has held a variety of leadership positions in the legal profession and was named a recipient of the prestigious, “Many Are One” Distinguished Service Award by Seton Hall University. 

Mr. Johnston is a former supervisor at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office where he spearheaded hundreds of investigations including white collar crime, child abuse, sex crimes, organized crime and government misconduct. He has also spent time working in the corporate sector, concentrating in the areas of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering legislation. 

Mr. Johnston is a past president of the Seton Hall Law School Alumni Council (2010-2011) and former co-chair of the Seton Hall Law School Red Mass Committee. In addition he has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School for over 10 years. As a law professor, Mr. Johnston has lectured and published in the areas of trial advocacy, criminal law, constitutional law and evidence. His law review articles have been published nationwide by a variety of distinguished law schools, including the University of Notre Dame, University of Southern California and the University of Texas. 

Mr. Johnston received his B.S., M.A. and J.D. degrees from Seton Hall University. He is admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.