Professional Background

Brad’s diverse legal experience ranges from commercial litigation in state and federal courts and private arbitration tribunals to managing regulatory affairs for one of the country’s largest specialty agriculture companies to acquittals in serious felony criminal cases (including work as court-appointed counsel for indigent defendants).

Mr. Johnston joined Simons Hall Johnston PC as a member of the firm in 2019 after heading his own general law practice in Yerington.

Before that, Brad was the Chief Strategy Officer & General Counsel for Peri & Sons Farms, Inc. of Yerington, a leading vegetable grower in the United States. Prior to that, Mr. Johnston was a partner at Holland & Hart LLP in Reno, practicing commercial litigation, and a litigation associate in the New York offices of two prominent international law firms.

Immediately following law school, Brad clerked for the Hon. Melvin Brunetti of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Johnston graduated first in his class from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1998 and earned his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Alabama in 1994.

Brad has as an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell® based on confidential reviews by his peers in the legal profession and the judiciary, reflecting the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.


State of Nevada, 2003 to present
State of New York, 1999 to present

Admitted to practice in the following courts:
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Nevada
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

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