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.
In 2014, Mr. Johnston was appointed to the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, after serving as the Chairman of the Lyon County Citizen Advisory Board for Wildlife Management. Governor Sandoval re-appointed Brad to the Wildlife Commission in 2017 for a second consecutive three-year term. Mr. Johnston served as the Commission’s Chairman during his last two years of service to Nevada and its wildlife.
• 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