A driven litigator with jury trial experience, Joseph S. Johnston (Joe) concentrates his practice in construction litigation and he routinely represents individuals and businesses in the construction industry in North Carolina Courts.  He has litigated cases arising from complex construction defects and worksite accidents, including catastrophic personal injury.  Joe has also represented contractors and suppliers in mechanics’ lien disputes.  Outside of his construction litigation practice, Joe handles products liability, commercial trucking and auto negligence, premises liability, and professional negligence cases.

Joe prides himself on being practical and finding compromise with an aim towards saving costs for the client.  At the same time, however, Joe understands that situations may arise where trial is unavoidable.  As a young lawyer practicing in Maryland, Joe gained jury trial experience representing health care providers in complex medical and dental malpractices cases.  Joe savors every opportunity to appear in Court whether it’s to argue a motion to dismiss, motion for summary judgment, or to try a case before a jury.  Joe’s personal motto when it comes to trial practice is Nunquam non paratus (“Never unprepared”).

A native of Maryland, Joe attended the University of Baltimore School of Law and served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Baltimore Law Review.


  • “Third-Party Practice and Crossclaims,” 2014 North Carolina Bar Association Construction Law Annual Meeting. Co-authored with Daniel G. Katzenbach (September 2014).

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