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Edward Johnston

Of Counsel

Mr. Johnston is Of Counsel to the firm, and is based in McGivney, Kluger & Cook’s St. Louis, Missouri office. Mr. Johnston’s practice focuses on the litigation and defense of asbestos cases.   

Mr. Johnston started practicing law as an Assistant State’s Attorney in St. Clair County, Illinois, where he prosecuted several cases to verdict, and managed the traffic/misdemeanor division.  He then worked for a small general practice firm in Belleville, Illinois, where he handled a variety of cases, including domestic relations, plaintiff personal injury, and insurance defense and asbestos defense, defending two packing and gasket defendants. He later worked in a small plaintiffs’ personal injury firm in St. Louis, Missouri, where he tried several cases to verdict.

In the mid 1990s, Mr. Johnston was the managing attorney of a national insurance company in St. Louis County, Missouri. He supervised five attorneys, tried several cases to verdict, and defended workers’ compensation and asbestos cancer cases in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Since 1998, Mr. Johnston has concentrated his practice primarily on defending asbestos cancer cases in Madison County, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri.

Mr. Johnston has deposed thousands of plaintiffs, co-workers and site witnesses, and hundreds of plaintiffs’ causation and hygiene experts. He has been a trial and client team leader preparing cases for trial.

Mr. Johnston earned a B.A. (History) in 1982 from the University of Illinois and a J.D. in 1985 from Washington University in St. Louis. He is admitted to practice law in Illinois, Missouri and the Federal District Courts in Southern Illinois and Eastern Missouri. In 2011, he was named a Leading Lawyer in Illinois.

Edward Johnston

St. Louis, MO
P: 314-571-4332
F: 314-571-4328
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Washington University in St. Louis
(J.D., 1985)
University of Illinois
(B.A., 1982)


Federal District Courts of Southern Illinois
Federal District Courts of Eastern Missouri