Class of 1996

Golden, Rothschild, Spagnola, Lundell, Boylan & Garubo

Specializing in Criminal Law,Employment and Labor Law


James B. Johnston is an Associate at GRSLB&G and concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation and insurance defense.He joined GRSLB&G in February of 2016. James has a broad array of experience in insurance defense, litigation, employment law, criminal law and education law.

In addition to the practice of law, James has been an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School for over 15 years. There he has taught trial advocacy and deposition skills. His law review articles have been published in law journals across the country including the University of Notre Dame, Seton Hall University and the University of Southern California. One article, “An Examination of New Jersey’s Money Laundering Statutes” 30 Seton Hall Legis. J. 1 (2005) was cited as an authority by the New Jersey Supreme Court in its State v. DiOrio decision.

Prior to entering the practice of law James served in the police profession for 25 years. He retired as a Lieutenant of Detectives at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office in Newark. There, he spearheaded hundreds of investigations involving government corruption, internal affairs, organized crime and financial crimes.

James has served on a number of law school boards at Seton Hall University including the Seton Hall Law School Alumni Council (Past President), Seton Hall Law School Board of Visitors and the Seton Hall Law School Red Mass Committee (Past Co Chair).  He is a member of numerous Irish American civic groups and is a parishioner at Holy Spirit Church in Union where he serves as a Lector.