Judge Joseph S. Johnston – State of Alabama

Courtroom 6600 205 Government Street
Mobile, Alabama 36644, United States

  • 251-574-8685

Practice/Organization Description

Private practice of law from 1984 to 1997 in civil defense litigation, public utility/regulatory law, election law. In the 1996 general election, Johnston served as Co-Chairman and legal counsel for the Alabama Republican Party’s Ballot Security Committee. Johnston served as an Alabama State Election Instructor, 1988-1990.

Johnston served as one of the attorneys, along with his law partner, J. Michael Druhan, Albert L. Jordan of Birmingham, Al Agricola of Montgomery and with now Supreme Court Justice Glenn Murdock representing Judge Perry O. Hooper, Sr., in his successful court battle to gain the chief justice’s position following the absentee ballot dispute in the 1994 election. As a result of this litigation, Judge Hooper was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Alabama in October, 1995 (rather than Jan) after a trial and judgment in the U.S. District Ct. and subsequent appellate action.

Appointed by Governor Guy Hunt in 1988 to serve on the Alabama State Tenure Commission; appointed by Governor James in 1995 to the Certificate of Need Review Board of the State Health Planning & Development Agency; appointed by Governor Hunt to the U.S.S. Alabama Battleship Commission which he served from 1992-1999 and as Chairman 1998 to 1999; Chief Justice Perry O. Hooper appointed Johnston as Chairman of the Administrative Office of Courts Forms Committee 1998-2005; in 2001, in response to a statewide revenue shortage in the court system, he was appointed Chairman of the Court Cost Enforcement Committee by Chief Justice Roy Moore; served as Chairman of the Mobile County Republican Party from 1986 to 1990 and Vice-Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party from 1995 to 1997. Co-Chairman and legal counsel for the Alabama Republican Party’s Ballot Security Committee on the successful ballot security effort, which insured there was no repeat of voting abuses which occurred in 1994; Delegate to 1996 Republican National Convention pledged to Patrick J. Buchanan.

Appointed by Governor James in 1997 becoming the first Republican to ever hold a circuit or district judgeship in Mobile County. Elected in 1998, 2000, 2006 and in 2012.

Presently a member of the Mobile, Alabama and American Bar Associations, the Alabama Circuit Judges Association, American Judicature Society, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy and the American and Mobile Inns of Court.

Life Member, National Rifle Association,

Certified Firearms Instructor: Pistols and Revolvers,Basics of Personal Protection in the Home, National Rifle Association. Adjunct Firearms Instructor: Gunport--First Class Firearms Training, Coden, Alabama

Co-author on several of these papers is:

John E. Ingram, Jr.

Attorney At Law

1154 Northridge Drive

Tiger, GA 30576


Bar Admissions

Alabama Bar Association, American Bar Association 1984

United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama 1984; United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama; United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit; United States Supreme Court.


The University of Alabama, B.A. History, 1981

The University of Alabama School of Law, 1984

Professional Associations & Memberships

American Bar Association 1984, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy (Brevard Hand-Alex Howard Chapter), American Inns of Court (Paul W. Brock Chapter), American Judicature Society, Alabama Circuit Judges Association

Honors and Awards

Chairman USS Alabama Battleship Commission

Favorite Son Award, College Republican Federation of Alabama.

Areas of Practice
  • Government
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