Thomas O. Johnston: Lawyer with Porzio, Bromberg & Newman P.C.

Thomas O. Johnston

New York,  NY  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Business Disputes and Counseling
  • Corporate
  • Commercial and Business Law
  • Education
  • Employment and Labor
  • Litigation
  • Privately-owned Business Planning
  • Telecommunications
Contact InfoTelephone: 646.348.6734
Fax: 212-957-3983
University Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, B.A., 1994 Undergraduate Associate, Eagleton Institute of Politics, 1993-1994; International Association of Defense Counsel, Trial Academy, Stanford University, August 2004
Law SchoolUniversity of Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana, J.D., 1998 Articles Editor, Notre Dame Journal of Legislation
Admitted1998, New Jersey; 1999, New York; United States District Court, Southern District of New York; United States District Court, District of New Jersey; United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


•New York County Lawyers' Association

•Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court

•Notre Dame Law Association

•Member, Cory Booker Legal Transition Team, Labor & Employment Committee, May 2006-July 2006


Mr. Johnston approaches his practice with a passion for the law and a commitment to carry out his client's objectives. Clients enjoy working with him because he is both strategic and sensible in his approach to legal issues. By considering client issues from many angles he determines which option will produce the most favorable outcome.

Mr. Johnston aggressively litigates employment, commercial and telecommunications matters in federal, state and administrative courts in New York and New Jersey. He also handles traditional labor matters, representing employers. He counsels private companies, schools and governmental bodies on general business and operational challenges. His private company clientele range from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. While he is adamant about advancing his clients' interests, he is equally committed to achieving win-win results and avoiding litigation for clients, if possible.

Mr. Johnston is extensively engaged in contributing to his community - from advancing the charter school movement to serving as general counsel to an affordable housing nonprofit organization, and as counsel for political campaigns.

Clients who look for a first-rate strategic legal mind with a relentless focus on achieving clients' goals look to Tom Johnston.

Prior Relevant Experience

•Ravin, Sarasohn, Cook, Baumgarten, Fisch & Rosen, Roseland, NJ, Litigation Associate, 1999-2000

•Deloitte & Touche, LLP, New York, New York, Consultant, 1998-1999

•Connell, Foley & Geiser, Roseland, New Jersey, Summer Associate, 1997

•Honorable Alfred J. Lechner, Jr., United States District Judge, District of New Jersey, Judicial Intern, 1996

Honors and Awards

Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, AV Rating (highest rating)

•Recognized by New Jersey Law Journal in their annual 40 Under 40 list of attorneys, 2009


•Payroll Deductions in New York: Employer Beware, Porzio Employment Law Monthly Newsletter, December 2013

•Evaluating Key Clauses and Terms in Today's Employment Agreements, Inside the Minds - Negotiating and Drafting Employment Agreements, 2012 Edition

•How Facebook May Be The New Office Water Cooler, Porzio Employment Law Monthly Newsletter, September 2011

•Whistleblower or Opportunist, New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Vol. 32 No. 3 Pgs. 28-29, March 2011

•Practical Tips for Construction Contractors to Avoid Losing a Public Works Contract to a Material Defect, New Jersey State Bar Association Construction Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 15 No. 1, August 2010

•Legal Considerations When a Board Hires a Consultant, The Corporate Governance Advisor, January/February 2001

Speaking Engagements

•The Interactive Process: How Reasonable Do Your Reasonable Accommodations Have To Be?, Fifth Annual Porzio Employment Law Forum, November 2013

•Current Hot Topics in Charter School Law, New Jersey Charter Schools Conference, April 15, 2013

•Employment Agreements: Going for the 'Win-Win', Fourth Annual Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, December 2012

•The Value of a Thorough Investigation: Can You Afford Not To Have One?, Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, November 17, 2011

•Hiring and Monitoring Employees, Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, October 26, 2010

•Wage and Hour Update, Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, October 6, 2009

•Family Leave Act, New Jersey Library Association Conference, Long Branch, NJ, April 28, 2009


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Payroll Deductions in New York: Employer Beware
Thomas O. Johnston,Suzanne E. Peters, December 18, 2013
Last year, the New York legislature amended New York Labor Law Section 193, permitting employers to make certain types of wage deductions that were previously prohibited in New York. Recently, the New York State Department of Labor adopted regulations in response to this change in law. The...

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Thomas O. Johnston

156 West 56th Street
New YorkNY 10019


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