Alice Sacks Johnston

Alice Sacks Johnston: Attorney with Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP AV stamp icon
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Ms. Johnston represents clients in a range of complex litigation matters and a variety of industries. Her focus includes complex product liability defense, oil/gas/mineral and pipeline, mass torts and toxic torts, defense of pharmaceuticals and medical devices and restrictive covenant/non-compete actions, particularly in technology and product-intense industries. She serves as national, local and trial counsel to the automotive industry, heavy equipment manufacturers and others in asbestos, benzene and toxic tort cases, and represents pharmaceutical clients in mass tort proceedings at the state and federal levels. Additionally, she has litigated claims related to trademark infringement, RICO, fraud, wage and hour, and other business-related litigation.

Ms. Johnston is the chair of the firm’s Product Liability practice group.

Other Distinctions

•2014 recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service

News & Publications

•Alice Sacks Johnston Selected as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
•Alice Sacks Johnston Featured in Tribune-Review for Local Girl Scout Project
•Schnader Announces Changes to Firm Management
•Schnader Receives Pennsylvania Youth Court Champion Award
•Schnader Attorneys Obtain Defense Verdict in California Asbestos Suit
•Alice Sacks Johnston and Jay Evans Join Schnader’s Pittsburgh Office

Community & Pro Bono

•Venture Outdoors, Board of Directors, Chair
•Hidden Valley Foundation, Inc.
•Girl Scouts, Lifetime member

Related Events

•Putting on the Brakes or Stepping on the Gas? The Future of Automotive Asbestos Litigation
•Alice Sacks Johnston Presented at ABA Conference on “The Future of Automotive Asbestos Litigation”
•Alice Sacks Johnston Gave “Product Liability Update” at CLE Program
•Schnader Attorneys Gave CLE on Ethics

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Class Action
  • Energy & Environmental
  • Litigation Services
  • Product Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., 1983
Law School Attended:
Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1986
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; 1986, Pennsylvania; United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; United States Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

•Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
•Allegheny County Bar Association, Court Rules Committee, past-chair
•Pennsylvania Bar Association
•American Bar Association
•Defense Research Institute

Birth Information:
Camden, New Jersey, December 3, 1962
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Representative matters in which Ms. Johnston was lead or co-lead counsel include: Trial of an asbestos/mesothelioma death case against an auto defendant - defense verdict.; Frye hearings in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia resulting in exclusion of asbestos plaintiffs' causation experts.; Representation of one of a group of petitioners seeking public access to bankruptcy records impacting defendants in mass tort litigation.; Representation of employer in connection with the hiring of a cluster of employees from a competitor, all of whom were bound by non-compete obligations.; Pro bono representation of adoptive parents in termination of parental rights of birth parents, and successful conclusion of the adoption.; Her practice is complemented by frequent speaking engagements and publications. She has written and spoken on diverse topics such as product liability in the pharmaceutical industry, asbestos litigation, Frye and Daubert challenges to causation in toxic torts, personal jurisdiction, transparency regarding bankruptcy trust claims in asbestos litigation, and work-life balance.

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0 (2 reviews)
A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Of Counsel on 06/12/14 in Civil Litigation

    I once worked with Alice at the same firm. I have known her for approx. 20 years. I highly recommend her.

    I once worked with Alice at the same firm. I have known her for approx. 20 years. I highly recommend her. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 05/10/12 in Litigation

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