Class of 1996

Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso LLP

Specializing in Criminal Law,Employment and Labor Law


James B. Johnston, Esq., is an Attorney with Schwartz, Simon Edelstein & Celso in Whippany.  His practice concentrates in the areas of education law, employment law and internal investigations.  He has been an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law since 2001, having lectured in the areas of trial advocacy, evidence and criminal procedure.

Jim has published in the areas of constitutional law, criminal procedure and evidence.  His law review articles have been published in law journals at the University of Notre Dame, University of Southern California, Seton Hall University, Rutgers University and the University of Texas.  One of his articles ("An Examination of New Jersey's Money Laundering Statutes" 30 Seton Hall Legis.J.1 (2005)) was cited as an authority in the New Jersey Supreme Court's landmark decision in State v. DiOrio, 216 NJ 598 (2014).

Prior to entering the private practice of law, Jim spent twenty five years in the police profession.  He was a police officer with the Essex County Police Department and Lieutenant of Detectives at the Essex County Prosecutor's Office in Newark.  There, he specialized in investigating organized crime, government corruption, police misconduct, internal affairs, and financial crimes.

Jim is a three time graduate of Seton Hall University (B.S. '82; M.A. '89, and J.D. '96).  He is an Emeritus member of Seton Hall Law Alumni Council.  He was a recipient of the prestigious "Many Are One" distinguished service award.  Jim volunteers his time for a variety of civic organizations and is a Lector at Holy Spirit Church in Union, NJ.